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Friday, August 5, 2011

Australia denounces regime arrest of Urai and Gounder

Australia has reacted quickly to condemn the arrest of Daniel Urai and Dinesh Gounder under the Public Emergency Regulations.

In a statement, the Acting Foreign Minister, Martin Ferguson, said: “This is another example of the draconian Public Emergency Regulations being used to restrict basic human freedoms. The spate of arrests and beatings in recent months are further evidence that this is a brutal regime."

He said Australia’s acting High Commissioner to Fiji met yesterday with the acting Permanent Secretary of the Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs 'to convey Australia’s concerns about the safety of Fiji workers, and the welfare of the two trade unionists.'

"The Acting High Commissioner made it clear Australia was watching developments closely.”

The statement said Australia continued to be deeply concerned at "the deteriorating situation in Fiji. Since 2006 the Bainimarama regime has abrogated the constitution; detained political leaders; sacked the independent judiciary; censored the media; and restricted meetings of civil society, including church groups."

Ferguson said that despite commitments to hold elections in 2014, it is not clear that the regime intends to make good on its promise saying the "restriction of labour rights is part of a concerted campaign to curtail the human rights of the people of Fiji. The rights of workers in Fiji have been targeted through a series of decrees restricting labour rights, the most recent of which was aimed at essential industries."

FTUC General Secretary, Felix Anthony, says Urai and Gounder were simply doing their job and didn’t need to apply for a government permit to assemble.

“Normally if you had a public meeting you’d have to apply for a permit [but] this was not a public meeting,” he told Pacific Beat. “[Mr Urai] was on his routine visit to [a] resort to deal with some disciplinary measures that members had. We don’t believe that this called for any added permit whatsoever.
“This is absolutely unjustified and this is just another attempt by the authorities to intimidate unions, and attempt to try and ensure that there is absolutely no union activity whatsoever.”

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

DENOUCE NI WACI!!! SEND YOUR BLOODY MILITARY HOME AND SHOT THESE BASTARD. NO MORE TALK OR WRITTING, ITS ACTION TIME.

Anonymous said...

Please Intervene Australia and New Zealand.Smart sanctions on all flights so the liar ASK can be blamed for it when the people rise up and unleash the Cannibal instincts once again.Clearly these instincts are missing from the army listening to the idiot ASK and allowing the people of Fiji to suffer.Muslims in Fiji,can't you do anything about ASK?Cant a respectable religious muslim figure talk sense into this lost soul?clearly you can see this is all wrong according to your holy book

Praveen Bala said...

My full support is with you Fliex,dont step back keep the madrasi power alive.

Anonymous said...

Laimuri says....

Good on you Australia & NZ for making a man stand on these Fiji illegal thugs.

THE BIGGEST CULPRITS AND IDIOTS IS THE UNITED NATIONS (UN)....THEY SHOULD BE CALLED THE DIVIDED NATIONS. THESE OLD FARTS DON'T KNOW WHAT BEAIC HUMAN RIGHTS IS ALL ABOUT, CRUELITY TO HUMAN BEINGS, TORTURE, VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION, FREEDOM OF BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS & RESPECT, DEMOCRACY ?????????????????

YET THEY CAN'T MAKE A STAND ON FIJI AND MAKE SOME REAL HARD DECISIONS. MAYBE NOTHING TO GAIN FROM FIJI....EXCEPT THEY AE MORE INTEESTED IN OIL COUNTRIES.

YET THEY WANT TO CONTINUE TO USE OUR FIJI KILLING SOLDIERS TO SERVE FOR UN BECAUSE THEY TRESAT FIJI PEOPLE AS HUMAN SHIELD FOR THEIR AGENDA'S

GOD KNOW'S HOW TO PUNISH THESE OLD FAT FARTS TOO.....PLS DO THE RIGHT AND HONOURABLE THING AND ALSO BE CONCERNED WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR BELOVED FIJI....YOUR INTERVENTION WILL HELP BUILD A BETTER FIJI TOMORROW.
THUGS.
DEFINATELY NOT WITH THESE ILLEGAL

Anonymous said...

JAKE SAYS...

wELL GUESS WHAT, PEOPLE OF FIJI HAS BAD MEMORIES....

A FEW YEARS AGO DAN URAI, FELIX, MAHEND CHODO ETC WENT TO BED WITH THEIR DEMOCRACY BREAKERS ENEMY.

THEY SACKED PEOPLE WITHOUT UNJUSTICE WHILE ON MANY BOARDS...I CAN JUST IMAGINE BULL DOG'S VOICE & AGGRESSION FELIX..MY WAY OR THE HIGH WAY...SACK THEM.

NOW AFTER GETTING THE BOOT....THE ORDER IS REVERSED.

HAVE A TASTE OF YOUR MEDICINE FR BETRAYING THE WORKERS WHOM YOU WERE SUPPOSE TO CHAMPION.

GREEDY MONGRELS....YOU ALL HAVE BETRAYED THE TRUST OF THE WORKERS.

FELIX YOU'RE NEXT.....

ATTAR, PRAMOD RAE.....YOU'RE THE GENUINE ONES.

Praveen Kala said...

Go for it FTUC stop not till the goal is reached.

Stealth. said...

All well & good if your not Urai - Gounder - or work in Viti's avation or tourist industry.

Believe they'll find in Martin Ferguson a very diferent sort of foe - powerful committed hard nut unionist with international connections who moonlights as foreign minister?

Good luck with this one also.

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 11.49pm

Please be advised that UN is far-far from blame as you had purported simply because our complains and their protocol should first agree before they could resolve. By the way Fiji is represented in the UN, so we bloggers should use a different channel otherwise we will be blocked. To the best of my knowledge of UN system, I would say that whatever evidences RUM, JB, Daunitutu and former Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes have are the types required and very sufficient to create a case against the juntas in ICC/UN. I do not know what is the delay but the quicker they file the better to every freedom fighter's cause.

Unions Vs Juntas - Let's clean our backyard first and stop jumping all over blaming UN, what and what. These Union executives are the ones to be blamed first, their support for the 2006 coup helped created FB-MONSTER. So, Baini-arze would never have this current form if it was not created as such. Perhaps it is high time for all Unions especially FTUC and FPSA to review their Constitutions in the provision of powers given to General Sec (GS) and President that its parameters should be defined not blanket as it is now, so that there will be no abuse of powers, they should not take critical decision like to support a fundamental illegal act of a coup-d’├ętat without proper consultation and veto by all the members. We voted our Executives in to represent us in fair and legal ways but not to support coup-d’├ętat, isn't it????