The United States President, Barack Obama, yesterday delivered an iconic speech to the Muslim World and stressed the importance of democracy and religious freedom, something which Fiji's interim regime has put a stop to.
Titled “A New Beginning” Obama said - "Let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other. That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people.
"But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere," President Obama said.
However Obama's view of human rights and democracy, seem to be different to the ones held by the US Congressman from American Samoa, Eni Faleomavaega.
After a visit and knowing the absence of human rights in Fiji, Faleomavaega still wants his government to believe Frank Bainimarama is doing the right thing and is genuinely building a non-racial Fiji and moving it towards democracy.
Just recently, the right to religious freedom was taken away in Fiji, after the regime cancelled this year's Methodist church conference.
Ironically, a report on Fijilive today says Muslims in Fiji were happy with President Obama's speech, yet it is a Muslim Attorney General and Muslim advisor to Frank Bainimarama, who have both played a major role in changing Fiji's legal system to suit the regime and have made sure that Fiji residents do not have any human rights.