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.