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New York human rights lawyers condemn Fiji's political decree

A report by a group of international lawyers confirms what locals already know - that Fiji's new political parties decree is far more extreme than anything found in most democracies and general global practice.
 
The International Senior Lawyers Project has conducted an  analysis of Decree 4, using International Instruments and Precedents.

It has found the requirement for political parties to register 5000 members within 28 days unreasonable and a breach of international protocols such as the ILO Convention.

It also found the blanket ban on “public officers” to stop them from becoming a member of a political party, disqualifies approximately six percent of registered voters from political party membership.



It says while there is an international precedent for restricting public servants from political party activity, they generally apply to higher level civil servants, 'such as those vested with discretion or deliberative powers'.

The ISLP goes on to say banning civil society leaders, such as trade union and employer association officers from party membership, is another breach by Fiji of the ILO Convention.

The New York based pro bono group also expresses concern about the decree compelling political parties to publically disclose the identities of members.

It questions, too, the provision that entrusts a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice 'with administrative discretion to deregister political parties, rather than an independent electoral commission.'

The ISLP also rejects as unreasonable the decree's aim to apply criminal sanctions of ten years on anyone who commits a financial offence.
  Read the Analysis by ISLP 

27 comments:

rajend naidu said...

can someone be good enough to draw Australian foreign minister bob carr's attention to this so that he can obtain a better understanding of the so-called "democratic process" the Fiji military regime has in place for the purported return to democracy?

mark manning said...

I suspect that bob Carr fancies himself as Australia's next Federal Labor Leader and beyond reproach. but in reality, the man is a clown, likened, in my mind anyway, to Pauline Hanson.
He sounds as if he knows what he's talking about, but the reality is quite different.
Words are cheap as they say.

rajend naidu said...

editor,
Alex Lingam is right in saying there was a time when words such as gang rape, abduction and human trafficking were associated with international news and foreign countries (Fiji Times 22/2). There is another important word he missed - a word that has come into common local currency : COUP. A very criminal act!
sincerely,
rajend naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

Thank you senior lawyers group. You confirm that this khaiyum decree is the worst of all laws relating to political parties...thanks

Anonymous said...

This analysis just confirm what most us people in Fiji know that the Decree was meant for the sole purpose of eliminating as many parties as possible. The decree is part of the DICTATORIAL NOT DEMOCRATIC process to our election that Aiarse has come up with. Aiarse and his waterboy Vore will try everything to hold on to power. It is by hook or crook that is their motto

Anonymous said...

I wonder what these lawyers would say if they would also have look at the amendments to this evil political parties decree, ie., no silmilar abbreviations to a former political party.

I would not be surprised if they will label Khaiyum and Bainimarama as dictators and Mrs. Vuniwaqa as their stupid puppet. Nailatikau who endorsed the decree in the gazette will perhaps be labeled as a commander-in-chief kowtowing to his subordinates.

mark manning said...

The "power" as you put it, is in the hands of the Soldiers, not Frank, nor Aiyaz!
convince the soldiers that they have made a mistake and get them onside and the coup will come to an abrupt halt overnight. there's no need for blood shed, just a commitment and some sure footedness by some brave and loyal ?soldiers and Leaders.

rajend naidu said...

Editor,
According to Raveen Pillay " Frank Bainimarama's Government has achieved more in 6 years than the previous governments efforts since Independence. 70% of Fijian people want him to carry on" (ABC Q&A 21 Feb).
Does Raveen Pillay know something that we at C4.5 and other blogsites don't know?
Are we wasting our time fighting for the restoration of democratic rule in Fiji?
Should Frank Bainimarama simply "carry on" because "70% of Fijian people want him to carry on" - according to Pillay?
No need for any democratic elections, is there?
I mean if Frank's already got 70% popular "vote" why bother with an election, right?
sincerely,
rajend naidu
sydney

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We are depressed at the moment.

Regards

Umarji Mohammed
Solicitor
PO Box 97160, Manukau 2105
131 Redoubt Rd, Manukau 2241, Auckland, NZ
DX EP 75516
PH: 09 262 7685 FAX: 09 262 7683

Khaiyum maicood help this man said...

ad you are willing to help. As soon as we are back home tomorrow we will definitely refund the money. All we need is $1,950 and I will appreciate if you can have it sent through western union to my information below.

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Location: Lower G/F Unit 15 Farmers Plaza, Cubao Araneta Center, Quezon City 1109, Philippines

As soon as it is done, kindly get back to me with the confirmation number and all the western union details given to you including the amount sent.

Let me know when done.

Regards

Umarji Mohammed
Solicitor
PO Box 97160, Manukau 2105
131 Redoubt Rd, Manukau 2241, Auckland, NZ
DX EP 75516
PH: 09 262 7685 FAX: 09 262 7683

Anonymous said...

This man looking for help is a con man. Don't anyone send money

Anonymous said...

The note purporting to be from the Philippines is a complete scam. It's what's known as a Nigerian 419 scheme.

Come to think of it, it's a bit like the scam Frank andvAiyaz are pulling in Fiji.

Anonymous said...

This study is significant. It shows that Bainimarama's elections preparations are already failing to meet the international community's most minimal credibility tests.

This will make it difficult for any self-respecting government in the West to give Bainimarama's election (a foregone conclusion, as it won't be an honest poll) the seal of approval, much as all would like to get back to business-as-usual. That means Bainimarama's government should continue to be the subject of their targeted sanctions, raising the question: what is the point of this silly election charade?

rajend naidu said...

The comparative analysis of Fiji Political Parties decree vis-a-vis the International Instruments and Precedents is something the self-styled "independent" journalist Graham Davis should study to acquire a better understanding of what the word "independent" means in English!

Anonymous said...

Donot listen to the corrupt request about those people wanting money, said they been robbed, no to that because they tried that trict to me.

Anonymous said...

International Senior Lawyers Project. If Aiyaz Saiyad Khaiyum wanted to join this body of brilliant legal minds would he be admitted? Of course not! because he is no brilliant legal mind.and he is not senior. he is just a shit lawyer who has teamed up with like minded shitty people from the rogue Fiji military and other crooked people to hold a counterfeit position as Minister for Justice and Attorney-General etc in the UNLAWFUL Fijian regime.he is in the right place for mediocre people!

Anonymous said...

In regards to the Pilay guy.....It is a common feeling about this Government because they have done a hell of a lot of developments. All other Governments would have loved to do the same thing. The only difference is this is done on BORROWED funding. Who does Pilay think is going to pay back this money and for how long will blinded Fijians be paying back these loans. Leading to my next point.... How the he'll would we ever know if we have no idea or rightful insight into Governments expenditure! THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS OUR MEDIA NEED TO START ASKING AND START BLOODY STAR. We in Suva are noticing a vibe.. A shift in the public. I think somethings bout to happen.

Anonymous said...

true. aiyaz khaiyum is no legal eagle . he is a legal bakewa!! who is parasiting on the people of fiji!

Fiji in dire place said...

This is an important acknowledgement of the corrupt and manipulative military government that is running Fiji.

The whole can see how Bainimarama is shafting people.

What we need to do now is work together to get rid of him.

Anonymous said...

This report was written before the amendments to make sure media and Fiji in its entirety never mutters the names of parties they wish dead. Pft!

Anonymous said...

Both Australia and New Zealand need to reject the so-called legal eagles that have helped Khaiyum entrench military rule: christopher pryde, anthony gates etc etc

There's evil in Fiji said...

Not the first and nor will it be the last international report to confirm the illegalities occuring in Fiji.

Unfortunately the pricks that run the regime and their supporters can still travel the world going about their business as though they are legal.

Something will give eventually and they will come tumbling down.

Anonymous said...

To the learned and esteemed members of the ISLP, I beg you the GOLDEN question : " Where to from here for you people?"
You have yet again confirmed what we the innocent people of this country have being saying and crying of the physical, psychological and indiscriminate rape that has been happening in the last SEVEN years!!
We do not want and need 'lip service' we want, need and demand that you all so-called sympathizes put you money where it belongs and BLOODY DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE AND CONCLUSIVE!!

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 3.53PM
I thought the ISLP has already done something constructive and conclusive! by exposing the big potholes in the regime's political parties registration decree. Thank you ISLP for doing your part in putting the spotlight on the wrong this illegal regime in Fiji is doing.
It's for others to take it from there. Others like Bob Carr, Mc Cullay, The EU, the UN and the Commonwealth and the Pacific Forum and the Melanesian Spearhead (with no head!)

Anonymous said...

KILL BAINIMARAMA!! KILL AIYARSE!!

Anonymous said...



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Stephan White said...

Donot listen to the corrupt request about those people wanting money, said they been robbed, no to that because they tried that trict to me.


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