#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Visa refusal unlikely to be the last

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Visa refusal unlikely to be the last

It looks as though the New Zealand government has another tricky Fiji visa story on its hands.

Radio New Zealand International is reporting that one of the dancers heading to Auckland from Fiji to perform at next week’s Pasifika Festival, has been refused a visa because his father is in the military.

The dancer has been named as Samu Ledua Siga Cama, of the Vou Dance Group.

The leader of the group, Sachiko Miller, has been quoted as saying that another dancer, Patricia Naisara, didn’t even bother applying for a visa because she’d been denied one before because her father is also in the military.

Miller says she and the other eight dancers in the group have mixed feelings about the situation. On one hand they’re sad two will miss out but on the other, they're excited to be participating.

She goes on to say that Samu Ledua Siga Cama thinks the decision is unfair because all he wants to do is dance and that he is an individual who has chosen not to be in politics.

Since New Zealand imposed the travel sanctions, visas have been denied to several people connected to the military and the interim government. The stories usually catch the headlines and become a three-day wonder, with Wellington diplomatic officials forced to justify the decision.

Coupfourpointfive thinks the travel sanctions are fair and people like Samu Ledua Siga Cama should accept it as a fact of life, a reality of their life. It’s na├»ve of him and Patricia Naisara to think the sanctions will be waived for them. You can't have your cake and eat it, too. That's a privilege the inernational community no longer afford people linked  to the military government of Fiji, until the hierarchy restore democracy. For real injustice, check out the story of Li Cunxin (his lifestory is now a film, Mao's Last Dancer), the Chinese ballet dancer who defected from Communist rule. Now, that's someone who is entitled to whinge.


Radiolucas said...

I feel sorry for these two dancers - though it could be much worse - luckily the sanctions are targeted and won't apply to the entire dance group.

Hopefully Vou will do Fiji very proud in NZ and I wish them all the best.

Anonymous said...

Samu and Naisara and any other person thinking that this was harsh should accept the refusal by NZ to issue them with visas - because basically this was a NZ Govt decision.

It is exactly like Frank deciding that any Fiji people overseas speaking against the military govt will be charged and jailed once they set foot in Fiji. Or any other decision that Frank's govt has made since 2006. It was a Govt decision so just accept it!

The only consolation is that the NZ Govt which made the decision is a democratic one and as such is legal. Unlike Frank's military govt which is there by the force of guns!

mark manning said...

It's ok to accept higher wages and fake payments from Frank at the expense of their fellow citizens, but when it comes back to bite them on the arse, they complain.
It's " you can't eat your cake, and have it " !

Anonymous said...

I'm a pro-democracy activist, but still struggle with this issue. I feel it would garner a lot more sympathy if NZ could deal with this on a case by case basis. I'm not sure of the details of rank in this case, but they have often denied visas to the children of low-ranking army personnel, which is not particularly targeted and is then just used as examples by the military against the travel sanctions. However, I still do believe in the targeted sanctions.

Anonymous said...

The way to look at this is to see who has benefited from coup. The answer to that question is the military ...apart from the other hangars on etc.
So, if the military personnel are benefiting out of this coup, then by extension, so will their families. So, leave the the ban Oz and NZ, and the next thing you should now do is to freeze the assests that all these people and their relatives have in your countries. Hit them in the pockets just a lot of the people in Fiji are being hit in the pocket now!!!