Revelations by blogs such as Coupfourpointfive re the torture of Fiji citizens have culminated in a report on the 'darker side of Fiji' by Amnesty International.
The report cites the torture cases revealed by us in recent years, saying under the military’s dominance, 'Fiji has seen an ingrained culture of torture take root among its security forces.'
The Amnesty International report says a decade after the 2006 coup, the military remains in control of key institutions, including the police, 'with a militarization of the justice system that allows torture and other ill-treatment to go unpunished.'
Beating Justice: How Fiji’s Security Forces Get Away with Torture details how uniformed officials have inflicted severe beatings, rape and other sexual violence, attacks by police dogs, shootings and other forms of torture and ill-treatment or punishment in violation international law.
The report endorses ongoing revelations by Fiji's blogs and helps keeps the pressure on the military government and former coup leader Frank Bainimarama and police commissioners who have continued to mouth platitudes about bringing an end to the brutality meted out on Fiji citizens.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
|Mohammed Saneem: Fiji Court of Appeal says he erred|
Two years too late and it would not have a difference to the election result.
The Fiji Court of Appeal has ruled against Elections Supervisor Mohammed Saneem saying he was wrong to close off the national candidates list for the 2014 general election when he did.
Saneem also overruled the objections to Fiji First candidate Parveen Kumar, but eliminated the Fiji Labour Party candidate Steven Singh, despite the Electoral Commission calling for him to be reinstated.
Bloggers will remember Saneem shut the list down at 4pm instead of midnight, hiding behind the Solicitor General when challenged, instead of taking direction from the Electoral Commission.
The Commission took the matter to the Fiji Court of Appeal, which yesterday released its finding, saying Saneem should’ve complied with the decisions and direction of the Commission.
The decision is an acknowledgement of the irregularities during the elections, capped off, of course, by Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum being General Secretary of Frank Bainimarama’s Fiji First Party as well as Minister of Elections!
2014 was just two years ago and Fiji remains a quasi-democracy.
As the NFP party says, “The fact that the Minister for Elections and the General Secretary of Fiji First was publicly commenting on the case, supporting the decision of the Supervisor and even suggesting that the Electoral Commission take legal advice from his own chief legal advisor, the Solicitor-General, was extraordinary and totally inappropriate.”
With the elections looming in 2018, it's time to start bedding down transparent electoral practices.
|Semi Radradra on outer with Eels. pic News Corp Australia|
|Vuniwaqa: Ironic message|
Thursday, October 20, 2016
The pressure is on for Frank Bainimarama to lift the travel bans on citizens and New Zealand journalists who’ve been blacklisted for speaking out against the military regime.
It follows Bainimarama’s visit to Australia and New Zealand, where he announced that any journalist would be free to visit and report without restriction, once they’ve been accredited by the Department of Information.
|Field has a poke at Bainimarama and co.|
Bainimarama has also urged Fijians in Australia to take advantage of dual citizenship to return and ‘build a house or start a business’ and 'come and go as they please' as global travellers.
Reaction to Bainimarama’s ‘generous’ invitation have ranged from amusement to scorn.
Fairfax journalist Michael Field, who was banned years ago, is keeping mum but has today posted on his Facebook a piss take of Bainimarama’s fear of leaving Fiji in case of a revolt, except for when it comes to rugby.
|RFMF pall bearers carry Ratu Joni's casket to Methodist Church before handing it to Matakibau clan.|
Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi has been laid to rest but the debate about his contribution to moving Fiji forward will no doubt continue.
The late Roko Tui Bau Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi was buried on the island of Bau on October 7.
His casket was carried by RFMF pall bearers to the Ratu Cakobau Memorial Church where the service was conducted by General Secretary, Reverend Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa.
He was then taken to Sau Tabu for burial and the casket handed over to Matakibau clan.
Some 3,000 people were at the burial site where Ratu Joni was interred in the same chamber as his late father.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
The details for Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi's funeral are still being finalised but key leaders from the Pacific, including the King and Queen of Tonga, have confirmed they will be attending.
Fiji's former vice president from 2004-2006 died last Thursday on his birthday and will be buried on the island of Bau this Friday.
Frank Bainimarama has said Roko Tui Bau, or kingmaker, will be afforded 'state honours' and that the government's i-reguregu will be done on Thursday morning.
Just what the 'state honours' will be are yet to be revealed but Bainimarama has described Ratu Joni as a great learned man "who tried to work between me as Commander and then prime minister Laisenia Qarase in the impasse that was in place then."
NFP leader Biman Prasad has also paid tribute saying Ratu Joni was the embodiment of chiefly authority and wisdom "whose humility and care and concern for all our ordinary people and adherence to the rule of law, fundamental rights and freedoms was paramount."
The Labor Party president Lavinia Padrath says Ratu Joni was a high chief with an open mind that led him to readily embrace modern day perspectives outside of traditional construct.
Ratu Joni was Chief Justice of Nauru at the time of his death, a position he had held for two yeas, and that country has said he established integrity and honour to the court.
More coverage of Ratu Joni's passing to follow.