|Treasonous regime hierarchy: hiding behind their white finery and new Constitution.|
The former United Peoples Party president, Mick Beddoes, says the announcement by the illegal prime minister of a new draft Constitution demonstrates yet again his utter contempt for the people he claims to represent.
Beddoes says Frank Bainimarama had said on March the 9th of last year that ‘for the first time everyone will have a voice, this is a fundamental part of the constitutional formulation process that cannot and must not be compromised.’
Beddoes says the voice of the people was 'openly expressed' through more than 7,000 submissions to the Constitution Commission, yet many of these submitters were subjected to verbal abuse and threats from Bainimarama himself.
"And when the 2012 draft actually reflected the people’s views and not necessarily the regime’s, the police were authorized to confiscate the printed copies of the 2012 draft and ‘burn copies at the printers as well as abuse its Chairman Professor Yash Ghai, demonstrating a total lack of empathy or humility towards his own appointed Commissioners and to the people of Fiji at large.
"So much for the promise that the process ‘cannot and must not be compromise."
Beddoes says a quick review of the regime’s 2013 Constitution confirms that after 6 years of absolute control they are still unable to govern the country in a free, open and transparent manner.
"They instead plan to continue with their suppression of the people by severely restricting the people’s right to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, labour relations, freedom of movement, political rights and even rights to privacy. All these rights have been severely restricted, far more than the 1997 constitution and the 2012 Draft."
Beddoes says there is still the issue of land to revealed - a major concern for Fiji's indigenous people - which is not addressed in the regime's constitution.
"What the regime does do in their 2013 Constitution is safeguard their own self-interest by abrogating their responsibilities as officers of the state to be accountable to the people.
"Instead they have all chosen to hide behind the entrenched immunity provisions so they can escape responsibility and accounting for all their actions since December 2006 and for all the illegal and unlawful actions they plan to take in the future and all the while pursuing and persecuting their political opponents with trumpeted up charges through the manipulation of the law via decrees, all in the name of the democratic principles they promote but continually fail to comply with."
Beddoes says the people should always consider the flip side to the regime’s actions because it explains why they do the things they do.
"And what their 2013 constitution is telling us, is that they are all afraid that one day, they will all have to front up to an Independent Court of Enquiry or the International Court of Justice."
Beddoes says not one of the regime hierarchy, from the President down actually, believes in anything they have done, enough, to be willing to step out from behind their immunity protection and dig deep for what remains of their moral compass and go defend their actions it in a court of law, just like every other Fiji citizen is expected to do.