Fiji's illegal Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum says he is looking forward to meeting the ILO delegation arriving this afternoon because he wants to clarify the truth.
The ILO is sending a group to Fiji following the deteriorating trade union rights situation, especially with the recent Decree which curbs workers rights and makes trade unions defunct.
Sayed Khaiyum says there is a lot of misinformation being spread by several quarters, Fiji trade unionists and international organisations and he wants to meet the ILO delegation to clarify the "misinformation that has been spread and told to the international community by individuals who have got self interest".
"Also they will be able to see the various laws put in place and we will clarify any misconception they may have regarding the Decrees."
Sayed Khaiyum said he also wants to clarify to the ILO that the recent arrest of unionists Daniel Urai and Dinesh Gounder were not because they are unionists but because they broke the law.
“These two gentlemen have been charged and the matter is before the courts and so you let the court decide. The question is, are you going to interfere with the judicial process? “We have seen people who have been in Fiji being charged with various offences - the charge has either been dropped; the court has not found them guilty or they have been discharged.
“Let them go through the judicial process. If the matter has merit, it will succeed; if it doesn’t, the independent judiciary will find them not guilty. It’s very simple,” he said.