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Friday, March 29, 2013

Constitution meetings planned amid threats of jail


Attar Singh
The will of the people remains strong despite a threat from the regime to jail anyone who doesn't follow its Constitution.

Frank Bainimarama has retaliated to a call by FICTU leader, Attar Singh, for people to reject the draft and push for the return of the Yash Ghai document that was burned and rejected by the regime last year. (see earlier story)

Bainimarama's told Fiji media in no uncertain terms that anyone who doesn't follow the Constitution will go to jail.

Singh and the other members of the United Front for a Democratic Fiji are planning a series of meetings to debate the new draft with the first happening next Wednesday at the FTA Hall in Knollys Street, Suva, and the second the Friday at TokaToka Resort in Nadi. Both start at 5 o'clock.

In a statement, the UFDF also rejects Bainimarama's draft saying "As expected, the constitution seeks to perpetuate a dictatorship by entrenching the many restrictions and prohibitions imposed on the people since the 2006 coup. These include the restrictions on group rights such as trade unions and continued limitations on the judiciary."


The UFDF, which is made up of FICTU, the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SDL), the National Federation Party and the Fiji Labour Party, is particularly concerned with:

 · the restrictions in the proposed Bill of Rights which imposes more prohibitions than rights;
·  absence of land and tenancy rights;
absence of recognition of women and minority communities;
·  continued restrictions on an independent judiciary;
entrenchment of prohibitive decrees;
absence of any caretaker government prior to elections;
blanket immunities including for acts not yet committed;

A reminder, meanwhile, of the dangers in the regime Constitution in the following which has been compiled by a blogger to show some of the differences between the 1997 Constitution, the Ghai draft and the Bainimarama draft. Readers will note the ominous blank in the Bainimarama draft in key areas. They are a concern.



COMPARISON OF THE 1997 CONSTITUTION, GHAI DRAFT & BAINIMARAMA DRAFT


1997
GHAI DRAFT
BAI DRAFT
[Preamble]Long Preamble

WE, THE PEOPLE OF THE FIJI ISLANDS112,
SEEKING the blessing of God who has always watched over these islands:
RECALLING the events in our history that have made us what we are, especially the settlement of these islands by the ancestors of the indigenous Fijian and Rotuman people; the arrival of forebears of subsequent settlers, including Pacific Islanders, Europeans, Indians and Chinese; the conversion of the indigenous inhabitants of these islands from heathenism to Christianity through the power of the name of Jesus Christ; the enduring influence of Christianity in these islands and its contribution, along with that of other faiths, to the spiritual life of Fiji:
ACKNOWLEDGING our unique constitutional history:
(a) first, the Deed of Cession of 10 October 1874 when RatuSeruEpenisaCakobau, Tui Viti and Vunivalu, together with the High Chiefs of Fiji, signifying their loyalty and devotion to Her Most Gracious Majesty, Queen Victoria, and their acceptance of the divine guidance of God and the rule of law, ceded Fiji to Great Britain, which cession was followed in November 1879 by the cession to Great Britain of Rotuma by the Chiefs of Rotuma;
(b) secondly, our becoming an independent sovereign state when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II promulgated the Fiji Independence Order 1970 under which the Fiji Constitution of 1970 came into being;
(c) thirdly, the abrogation of that Constitution in 1987 by the Constitution Abrogation Decree 1987;
(d) fourthly, after a period of 3 years, the giving to Fiji of the 1990 Constitution by His Excellency the President, Ratu Sir PenaiaKanatabatuGanilau, Tui Cakau, GCMG, KCVO, KBE, DSO. KStJ, ED, with the blessings and approval of the Great Council of Chiefs;
(e) fifthly, the review of that Constitution undertaken under its provisions; and
(f) sixthly, the conferral by the High Chiefs of Fiji in their abundant wisdom of their blessings and approval on this Constitution:
RECOGNISING that the descendants of all those who chose to make their homes in these islands form our multicultural society:
AFFIRMING the contributions of all communities to the well-being of that society, and the rich variety of their faiths, traditions, languages and cultures:
TAKING PRIDE our common citizenship and in the development of our economy and political institutions:
COMMITTING ourselves anew to living in harmony and unity, promoting social justice and the economic and social advancementof all communities, respecting their rights and interests and strengthening our institutions of government:
REAFFIRMING our recognition of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all individuals and groups, safeguarded by adherence to the rule of law, and our respect for human dignity and for the importance of the family,
WITH GOD AS OUR WITNESS, GIVE OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION


Preamble

The People of Fiji declare ––

We are Fijian:  iTaukei and all others who have come to make their home in these islands. We recognise  the  indigenous  Fijian  and  Rotuman  peoples  who first  formed  a  spiritual
connection with these islands, establishing a strong, vibrant culture lasting for thousands of years.

We receive the gifts of these islands, their history, heritage,  and name with deep gratitude. Together,  we aspire  to  keep  faith  with the  spirit  of tolerance  in  building  our  nation. Wishing to heal the divisions of our past, we acknowledge our struggles, and our failure to create a single nation and to establish an inclusive democratic society.
Striving now to live in unity, we resolve––


––––  to share the spirit of play, work and worship,


––––  to  create   a  modern,  progressive,   multicultural   nation   founded  on  trust, tolerance,   inclusiveness,   compassion,   the   dignity   and   equality   of  each individual, and respect and stewardship of nature’s gifts, and

–––– to build a just and sustainable  government on the foundation of freedom, democracy, social justice, human rights, and the rule of law.

In  humility and  hope,  determined  to  overcome  the  past,  and  having  engaged  in  open discussion of our visions for Fiji, we adopt this Constitution for ourselves, and as a gift to our  children,  with  the  prayer  that  the  generations   who  follow may live in  peace  and happiness.

WE, THE PEOPLE OF FIJI,
DECLARING that we are all Fijians united by common and equal citizenry; RECOGNISING the  Constitution as the supreme law of our country that provides the
framework for the conduct of Government and all Fijians;

COMMITTING ourselves to the recognition and protection of human rights, and our respect for human dignity; and

DECLARING our commitment to justice, national sovereignty and security, social and economic wellbeing, and safeguarding our environment;

HEREBY ESTABLISH THIS CONSTITUTION FOR THE REPUBLIC OF FIJI.




1997
GHAI DRAFT
REGIME DRAFT
Chapter 8  Great Council of Chiefs (Bose LevuVakaturaga)

Section 116  Bose LevuVakaturaga
(1) The Bose LevuVakaturaga established under the Fijian Affairs Act continues in existence and its membership, functions, operations and procedures are as prescribed from time to time by or under that Act.
(2) The Bose LevuVakaturaga has, in addition to the functions set out in the Fijian Affairs Act, the functions conferred on it under this Constitution.

Chapter  4––Civic and Political Life


56.       Recognition of Bose LevuVakaturaga
The Bose LevuVakaturaga is recognised as a custodian of iTaukei culture and traditions, and as a non-partisan organ of civil society existing to––
(a)      promote wider understanding of iTaukei culture, and its traditional values and practices, in a manner consistent with the multicultural character of Fiji;
(b)       promote the development of traditional practices in accordance with the values of this Constitution; and
(c)        advise any State organ, at the request of the government, on matters relating to iTaukei language, culture, traditional values and practices.
No Provision


1997
GHAI DRAFT
BAI DRAFT
Chapter 13  Group Rights

Section 185  Alteration of certain Acts
(1) A bill alters any of the following Acts, namely:

(a) Fijian Affairs Act;
(b) Fijian Development Fund Act;
(c) Native Lands Act;
(d) Native Land Trust Act;
(e)Rotuman Act;
(f)Rotuman Lands Act;
(g)Banaban Lands Act; or
(h)Banaban Settlement Act:
including a Bill prepared in consequence of the enactment of this Constitution:

(i) must be expressed as a Bill for an Act to alter the Act concerned;
(j) must not be presented for the President's assent unless it has been read 3 times in each House and motions for the second and third readings are carried in each House; and

(k) is declined not to have been passed by the Senate unless at its third reading in that House it is supported by the votes of at least 9 of the 14 members of the Senate appointed under paragraph 64 (1)(a).

(2) A Bill that alters the Agricultural Landlord and Tenant Act:

(a) must be expressed as a Bill for an Act to alter that Act; and
(b) must not be presented for the President's assent unless:

(i) it has been read 3 times in each House and motions for the second and third readings are carried in each House; and
(ii) at its third reading it is supported by the votes of at least two-thirds of the members of each House and, in the case of the Senate, by the votes of at least 9 or the 14 members of the Senate appointed under paragraph 64 (1)(a).

(3) The President must not assent to a Bill referred to in this section unless it is accompanied by a certificate of the Secretary-General to Parliament certifying that, in relation to the particular House, the approval required by this section has been given.

Section 186  Customary laws and customary rights
(1) The Parliament must make' provision for the application of customary laws and for dispute resolution in accordance with traditional Fijian processes.
(2) In doing so, the Parliament must have regard to the customs, traditions, usages, values and aspirations of the Fijian and Rotuman people.
(3) The Parliament must make provision granting to the owners of land or of registered customary fishing rights an equitable share of royalties or other moneys paid to the State in respect of the grant by the State of rights to extract minerals from the land or the seabed.
(4) A law fixing amounts under subsection (3) must require that account be taken of.
(a) any benefits that the owners are likely to receive as a result of the mineral exploitation;
(b) the risk of environmental damage;
(c) any legal obligation of the State to contribute to a fund to meet the cost of preventing, repairing or compensating for any environmental damage;
(d) the cost to the State of administering exploitation rights; and
(e) the appropriate contribution to the general revenue of the State to be made by the person granted exploitation rights.



Chapter  2––Our Natural Heritage

10.       The natural environment

Our island home is a rich and complex natural environment. Each of us now living here––
(a)        acknowledges the spirit in all living things;
(b)       accepts the responsibility to care for and preserve the natural environment;
(c)        bears  an  obligation  to  leave  a  clean  and  healthy  environment   to  future generations; and
(d)       undertakes to––

(i)         care for the air, the land, the water, and all living things within them;
and
(ii)        use resources in moderation, and replenish the land.

11.       Security of existing land rights
(1)     All  ownership  of  land,  and  all  rights  and  interests  in  land,  whether  freehold, customary or public, that existed immediately before the effective date of this Constitution, continue to exist under this Constitution.

(2)     The ultimate ownership of land held in customary ownership as of the effective date always remains with the customary owners of that land, and cannot be taken by any other person, or transferred or granted to any other person, except to the State in accordance with Article 37.

(3)     The State must not require the transfer  or grant of the ultimate  ownership  of any customary land except as a measure of last resort, preferring to enter into lease arrangements or other interests less than ultimate ownership.

(4)        Freehold land remains freehold when the title is transferred, even if transferred to the State.

(5)     Public land belongs to the people collectively  and is held by the State in trust for them.

12.       Principles of land use and environmental protection
(1)Security  of land  rights  must  be assured  for all legitimate  land holders,  users  and occupiers.

(2)     All foreshore land, being land between  mean low spring tide to mean high spring tide, is public land.

(3)     All land  and natural  resources  must  be protected  and managed  for the benefit  of present and future generations in a manner that––

(a)        promotes conservation; and
(b)       protects biodiversity, genetic resources and ecologically sensitive areas.

(4)    The State must employ effective systems of environmental impact assessment, environmental audit and monitoring of the environment.

(5)        The State may –

(a)        promote good land use; and
(b)     regulate  the  use  of  any  land,  or  any  interest  in  or right  over  any  land,  to promote public safety, public order, public health, or sound rural or urban development.

(6)     Land use planning laws, and procedures for granting permits, must require owners to provide reasonable notice to neighbouring owners and occupiers before undertaking any alteration in land use that may reasonably be anticipated to affect their rights or interests.

(7)     Land   administration,   including   land   records,   land   use   consultation,   planning, procedures for granting permits, and environmental  impact studies, must be participatory, transparent, accessible and cost effective.

13.       Fishing grounds and marine areas

Parliament must regulate rights of access to reefs, fishing grounds and similar marine areas, and take appropriate action to protect all marine areas.

14.       Natural resources

(1)     Policy, legislation and decision making relating to natural resources must be guided by the following principles:

(a)      Resource development and use must promote the social and economic benefit of the people.
(b)     State organs must keep the public informed and involved in decisions relating to resource policy and management.
(c)     Resource development permits should be granted on the basis of competitive tendering, unless there is a substantial reason to do otherwise.
(d)     The decision to approve, licence or otherwise permit any development should be made only after careful consideration of all foreseeable benefits and social, economic and environmental consequences.
(e)      All enterprises  engaged  in resource  extraction  must be required  to maintain best practice standards in contracting, operations, payments, transparency and accountability.

(2)        All minerals in or under any land or water, belong to the People and are held by the State in trust for the benefit of the People.


(3)     The owners of any particular land, or of any particular registered customary fishing rights, are entitled to receive an equitable share of royalties or other money paid to the State in respect of the grant by the State of rights to extract minerals from that land or the seabed in the area of those fishing rights.

(4)     An Act of Parliament may determine the framework for calculating equitable shares under clause (3), taking into account––

(a)      any benefits that the owners received or may receive as a result of the mineral exploitation;
(b)       the risk of environmental damage;
(c)     any legal obligation of the State to contribute to a fund to meet the cost of preventing, repairing or compensating for any environmental damage;
(d)       the cost to the State of administering exploitation rights; and
(e)  the appropriate contribution to the general revenue of the State to be made by any person granted exploitation rights.

15.       Duty to consult with respect to land and resources

(1)     If  any  project  is  proposed  to  develop  infrastructure,   or  to  develop  or  extract resources, on any land in a manner that may reasonably be anticipated to adversely affect the rights or interests of other persons or a community with respect to that land or any other land, the State and the proponent of the project have a joint duty, before licensing, permitting or undertaking that project, to ––

(a)      inform those persons or that community about the project in sufficient detail for the affected persons to assess the possible effects of the project on their rights and interests;
(b)     engage in constructive discussions with the affected persons to identify any reservations they may have about the effects of the project; and
(c)      seek  consensus  with  the  affected  persons  by  making  any  reasonable  and necessary modifications to the project to protect their rights and interests and accommodate their reservations.

(2)     State organs, when licensing or permitting a project, must impose conditions which, so far as reasonably possible, protect the rights and interests and accommodate the reservations of the affected persons with respect to the project.

(3)     The duty to consult, as set out in clause (1), continues while the project is underway, so long as it affects the rights or interests of other persons or communities.
16.       National  Consultative Land  Forum

(1)        Parliament must enact legislation to establish a National Consultative Land Forum. (2)             The Forum must––
(a)      be chaired by a person with knowledge of land law or land administration  in Fiji, who is not the holder of any public office, and not a representative of the interests of either landowners or tenants; and
(b)     otherwise  consist  of  an  equal  number  of  persons  drawn  from  each  of  the following three stakeholder groups:

(i)         State organs or enterprises engaged in land policy, land management or the administration of land law, including local government authorities.
(ii)     Land owners, with a balance between owners of freehold and customary land owners.
(iii)    Tenants, reflecting the diversity of urban and rural tenants, tenants of freehold, customary and public land, and agricultural, commercial and residential users.

(3)        The purposes of the National Consultative Land Forum are to––

(a)        educate the public on land ownership, land use and land administration;
(b)       research issues respecting land, land use and land administration;
(c)        convene  meetings  for  deliberation  of land  issues  in the  broader  social  and economic context, and seek to reach consensus on any such issue;
(d)       make  proposals   to  the  government   on  matters   of  policy   or  legislation concerning land and related institutions; and
(e)        review and express advisory opinions on policy or legislative proposals of the government with respect to land in accordance with Article 17.

17.       Protection and reform of land laws

(1)     Any policy or legislative proposal by the government with respect to land, land use or land administration,  must be referred  to the Chair of the National  Consultative Land  Forum  for  deliberation  and  report  by  the  Forum  before  being  adopted  or enacted.

(2)     The National Consultative Land Forum may make a unanimous report on any matter, or may make separate reports reflecting the divergent views of the three stakeholder groups within the Forum.

(3)        A Bill amending or repealing an Act listed in Schedule 2––
(a)        must be expressed as a Bill for an Act to amend or repeal the Act concerned;
(b)       may not be introduced in Parliament if the National Consultative Land Forum has unanimously rejected the Bill; and
(c)        to be enacted, requires the support of at least––

(i)         48 members of Parliament, if any one of the three stakeholder groups in the Forum has rejected it; or
(ii)        36 members of Parliament, if the Forum has issued a unanimous report in favour of the Bill.

No Provisions



1997
GHAI DRAFT
BAI DRAFT
Chapter 4  Bill of Rights
Section 38  Equality
(1) Every person has the right to equality before the law.
(2) A person must not be unfairly discriminated against, directly or indirectly, on the ground of his or her:

(a) actual or supposed personal characteristics of circumstances, including race, ethnic origin, colour, place of origin, gender, sexual orientation, birth, primary language, economic status, age or disability; or
(b) opinions or beliefs, except to the extent that those opinions or beliefs involve harm to others or the diminution of the rights or freedoms of others;
or on any other ground prohibited by this Constitution.

(3) Accordingly, neither a law nor an administrative action taken under a law may directly or indirectly impose a disability or restriction on any person on a prohibited ground.
(4) Every person has the right of access, without discrimination on a prohibited ground, to shops, hotels, lodging-houses, public restaurants, places of public entertainment, public transport services, taxis and public places.
(5) The proprietor of a place or service referred to in subsection (4) must facilitate reasonable access for disabled persons to the extent prescribed by law.
(6) A law, or an administrative action taken under a law, is not inconsistent with the right to freedom from discrimination on the ground of:

(a) language:
(b) birth;
(c) economic status;
(d) age; or
(e) disability;
during the period of 2 years after the date of commencement of this Constitution if the law was in force immediately before that date and has remained continually in force during that period.

(7) A law is not inconsistent with subsection (1), (2) or (3) on the ground that it:
(a) appropriates revenues or other moneys for particular purposes;
(b) imposes a retirement age on a person who is the holder of a public office;
(c) imposes on persons who are not citizens a disability or restriction, or confers on them a privilege or advantage, not imposed or conferred on citizens;
(d) permits a person who has a discretion to institute or discontinue criminal proceedings to take account in the exercise of that discretion of traditional procedures in the State for the settlement of disputes; or
(e) makes provision with respect to adoption, marriage, divorce, burial, devolution of property on death or other like matters as the personal law of any person or the members of any group;but only to the extent that the law is reasonable and justifiable in a free and democratic society.

(8) A law, or an administrative action taken under a law, may limit a right or freedom set out in this section for the purpose of:

(a) providing for the application of the customs of Fijians or Rotumans or of the Banaban community:
(i) to the holding, use or transmission of, or to the distribution of the produce of, land or fishing rights; or
(ii) to the entitlement of any person to any chiefly title or rank;

(b) imposing a restriction on the alienation of land or fishing rights held in accordance with Fijian or Rotumancustom or in accordance with Banaban custom; or
(c)permitting the temporary alienation of that land or those rights without the consent of the owners.

(9) To the extent permitted by subsection (10), a law, or an administrative action taken under a law, may limit a right or freedom set out in this section for the purpose of providing for the governance of Fijians or Rotumans or of the Banaban community and of other persons living as members of a Fijian, Rotuman or Banaban community.
(10) A limitation referred to in subsection (9) is valid only if it:

(a) accords to every person to whom it applies the right to equality before the law without discrimination other than on the ground of race or ethnic origin; and
(b)does not infringe a right or freedom set out in any other section of this Chapter.


Chapter 3––Our Human Rights
Part B––Elaboration of Rights and Freedoms
43.       Elaboration of rights in relation to particular groups
Articles 43, 47––

(a)        elaborate  certain  rights  and freedoms  to ensure  greater  certainty  as to their application to particular groups of persons; and
(b)        are not to be construed as––

(i)         limiting or qualifying any right or freedom; or
(ii)        limiting  the  application  to  other  groups  of  any  rights  or  freedoms recognised in this Chapter.

47.       Cultural, religious and linguistic  communities

(1)        A person who belongs to a cultural, religious or linguistic community has the right, with other members of that community––

(a)        to enjoy their culture, practise their religion, and use their language; and
(b)        to form, join and maintain  cultural,  religious  and linguistic  associations  and other organs of civil society.

(2)        The rights recognised in clause (1) may not be exercised  in a manner inconsistent with any provision of this Chapter.

Absence of Group Rights





 





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Anonymous said...

of course it is about how many coups "leaders" in Fiji have supported.
attar supported zero .therefore he is a hero. not like you scumbag coup supporters.
attar is fighting for the restoration of democratic rule in the country. this is not about him. it is about the country and its future. why are you so hell-bent on attacking him?
Oh I know because you are a military regime THUG!

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 11.49 AM
were you trying to be funny? you are a fucking joke yourself, man!

Anonymous said...

In this trying times many who people look up to as leaders have compromised their positions, but Attar Singh in my observation has always maintained his principled and unbending stance through seer integrity. He is not afraid to speak the truth under any circumstance and one can easily judge that he is the type you can beat up to a pulp but he will never budge from what he believes in. A rare breed that people in Fiji so desperately need at this hour...

Anonymous said...

@anon 11.49...thats funny. made my day. @anon 12.15...not Rajend Kutari himself by any chance? Leg anyone?

Anonymous said...

@anon11.49...so funny. @anon12.15...not rajend Kutari himself by any chance? Leg anyone?

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 2.08 PM
Rajend Kutari says you are welcome to have his dingalingaling to suck on!

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 2.06 PM
not hard to see why anon 11.49's cheap shot made your day. you have the same pea brain!

Anonymous said...

@12:02pm
i assumed NFP were politically murdered by Chaudary(FLP).When he painted a picture of NFP colluding with the Tivoro(devil-coup-makers,Fijian taukei).This made majority of indian voters to shift to the other side.
Jai Ram Ready & Rt Mara's dream shattered.Rt Mara's last hope now directed to Chaudary don't touch the LAND!!! because of ignorance and the rest is history as u know.The future is blurrrrrr...r.

Anonymous said...

Attar Singh is the brightest star in the NFP firmament.

Should the NFP foolishly and treasonously join this illegal regime, it will assuredly be the end of the NFP for all time.

Anonymous said...

chutar singh...how many followers do you have..you will stand alone boycoating while the others will be supporting bai...isa your time is over

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous Gaand 5.50 PM
if Attar Singh's "time is over" why are wasting your time on him!
your are a school dropout idiotic regime goli that's why you can't spell boycotting .
boycoating tumar gaand!

Anonymous said...

rajend kutari's offer of his garam lingam is really below the belt!
enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 12:40 PM

Well, Well that makes Attar, Pramod and Bhiman hero with ZERO accomplishment. The are also thousands of others that did not perpetuate a single coup in Fiji. Does that make them hero too? I have not staged a coup. So does that make me a HERO?

Your reasoning and justification is weak, if that and not worth the discussion.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 12,15, ash hole Attar has never supported any coups, he is not the leader of NFP,go and do some homework,NFP is the only party with high moral ground despite losing,what about your chor baini boci, big bastard, killer, tell on his face coward , burchod,,looks like a monkey see his face, gundu.go and such his dick pennis...

Anonymous said...

12.10 idiot, if you think Attar has nothing to offer , why bother commenting on him, the simple answer is Attar is a honest man with high moral ground and idiot like you are now scared, satan's are scared of honesty , like boci baini..leave Attar alone go and save baini from going to jail..Long live Attar, faaddo sabke..kaun roki..Singh is King

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 12:40 PM..another baini boci idiot..only winning election is not all all have achieved big for their families, workers, students, societies ,yeh they are Zero in selfish, zero in loot, zero in thug, zero raping democracy. zero in robbing Fiji, zero in sucking money...but baini.arse are hero in opposite, I salute these gentlemen for the zeros..keep shut goo and support baini boci

Anonymous said...

anon 8.40 PM how many elections has your hero bainimarama won?
you such an IDIOT I like giving you a good intellectual hiding every time you open your mouth here.

Anonymous said...

UFDF Meeting 3 April
Remember your struggle is not limited to the wordings of the constitution but the broader question of the civil rights and liberties of the people of Fiji. And as you do that remember Rev Martin Luther King and his fight for civil rights and human dignity not only for his own black American people but for the whole of humanity.
Remember for his steadfast belief in the democratic ideals of human freedom and human dignity for all regardless of race and station and status in life he was killed by a "sick white brother" on 4 April 1968. At the time of his killing Rev.King had come to provide leadership to the Memphis municipal garbage workers in their struggle for their rights to decent working conditions and pay.
If possible begin the meeting with a brief screening of the iconic civil rights leader. Nothing can be more inspiring as you begin your own struggle for your democratic rights and democratic freedoms.

Anonymous said...

@ anon 12:23am
many thanks,i salute you for that!

Anonymous said...

American experience/Roads to Memphis/PBS-YouTube
an educational documentary on what Dr martin luther king stood for and what cost him his life at the hands of a white supremacist.

rajend naidu said...

Editor,
Another coup and another coup leader has installed himself as President in the Central African Republic. It's no wonder this resource/mineral rich former French colony remains one of the poorest in Africa. They haven't got around to getting their politics and governance right - some 5 decades after independence!
We learn from Reuters 1April that"Central African Republic's opposition said it would not participate in a caretaker government nominated by the country's self-proclaimed President (and coup leader),claiming it has been stacked with rebel sympathizers".
The democratic opposition should likewise NOT participate in ANYTHING put forward by the self-appointed Prime Minister of Fiji because it will only lend credibility, even legitimacy to his Machiavellian scheme to retain power.
sincerely,
rajend naidu
sydney

Anonymous said...

People of Tailevu,Nausori, Nasinu, Suva, Lami and Navua if you believe in democracy then make the time to go to the UFDF Meeting at FTA Hall on April 3 as a show of solidarity for the pro-democracy campaign against the Fiji military dictatorship of Frank Bainimarama. Your future and your children's future and indeed the future of your country depends on this campaign . Add your voice to it. Stand up and be counted among the people who fought the Fijian dictatorship. Make your way there by whatever means you can. If need be wake up early and start walking from Tailevu . People with vehicles please give a lift to people heading to the Meeting.Show you care for a better Fiji which you deserve.

Anonymous said...

The American Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is certainly worth the study and emulation of all who seek social justice through nonviolent confrontation.

Anonymous said...

Professor Biman Prasad of USP is the most qualified person to lead NFP. He is an eminent economist and he is experienced in politics. We need educated people leading this country, not un-educated fools.

Anonymous said...

As an eminent politician experienced politician, Professor Bima Prasad of USP is needed to lead NFP. We need educated people to run our country, not uneducated fools!

FijiWala said...

Anon @ 6:40 and 7:48 PM

Both this postings are from one and same. Bhiman is only an opportunist. He was given the leadership of NFP but since there was no immediate financial reward for him, he resigned. Is that a leader? Yes he is a leader of his pocket. No different than Mahen ChoorDhry. So what does that make Bhiman? NFP was formed on the basis of honesty, leadership with integrity, and a Party for farmers and working class. That focus is not not there. I respect the Party and would like to see a totally new Leadership. Someone that has no baggage from the past. Someone that is visionary. Someone that would be independent and not go to bed with failed parties. SDL and FLP are FAILED parties. They are pretty much dead and gone. We need new face. A person that can ONLY move the party forward. Now this is not Bhiman, Attar or Pramod. They are leaders of yesteryear.

Let us look for someone new my friends. Let's not bet on those losing horses. It is time to retire them. Let's give them a golden handshake, and bid them farewell. Let's wish them a very happy life. Moce, Alvida, Good Bye and good riddance Attar, Bhiman and Pramod.

Anonymous said...

can someone tell us what is this Sanatan sabha fala Dewan Chand Maharaj's education background?
the idiot says he is happy Fiji will be a secular state under the new constitution. what kind of State has Fiji had since Independence?

Anonymous said...

FijiWala said at 9:40 PM:

Biman Prasad's record leaves you for dead.
You are a nobody.
You have achieved nothing.
No one knows you.
You have no record of public service.
All you do is post nonsense on blogs to map yourself feel good and useful.
Get lost you little sardine.

FijiWala said...

Anon @ 9$0 PM

I want you to list Bhiman Chand Prasad's accomplishments. We here in Australia are sure not aware of his single contribution for betterment of Fiji. I have also talked to lots of people in Fiji and none of them seem to be aware of a single thing that Bhiman has done for Fiji.

It is not I that the discussion is about. It is Bhiman that we are discussing. So do not divert the topic to hide the real issue.

I will once again say and maintain that Bhiman has a big fat ZERO for your hero.

Anonymous said...

To FijiWala @ 1:20 PM:

That's the problem when you live in Australia and pretend to know what is happening in Fiji. If you have not heard of Biman, you must be living under rock all tis time. Not for me to provide you his CV. You should do your research before you open your mouth. Just google his name. I do not know Biman personally but like many in Fiji I am familiar with his writings and his work.

Anonymous said...

I must admit that as much as i want a modern and race free Fiji i have some serious reservations with this constitution. It does appear that it is a document designed to entrench the regime further into our lives and in Fiji's political scene for many moons to come. The limited support i had for this regime is fast disappearing.

Anonymous said...

NOTICE : Anonymous 3.33PM is a Regime Thug talking from his boor!
The country is fully aware who it needs to get rid off! It's not Attar Singh and "everyone else like him"! It's you fuckers who are holding the country hostage.

Anonymous said...

Attar and likes of him has no place in Fijian politics. The best thing for this fake unionists is to disappear. And never to be heard from again. This applies to Felix, Rajeshwar, Dan and the whole gang.

Anonymous said...

the RFMF has no place in Fijian politics !
can you thugs in green get that in your baarain!

Anonymous said...

Attar Singh is a law abiding citizen. and you @anon 11.18 PM are by contrast a thug.

Anonymous said...

what was the main public reaction to the regime designed new draft constitution at the first UFDF Meeting today?

FijiWala said...

Anon @ 1:20 PM

You still are not answering my question. I know that you do not have any substantial backing to justify yourself about Bhiman. My simple question is that I want you to tell me what Bhiman has to show for as to his positive contribution for betterment of Fiji. I know that it is a big fat ZERO. Now, you have to proof me wrong? If you do than present me with your case. Otherwise just shut the fark up. Likes of you the just blind followers. With no brain of your own. You just follow blindly for you have no sense.

Anonymous said...

Fiji is a very small economy and we really don't need the Worker Union to killed-off our small Industry.
So the first thing each
Government have to do in the future
is to design a new landscape for the operation of Union and other organizations that effectively in
continous, direct conflict to the running of our small economy?
That is disallow office Bearer to run for public office,unless resigned his/her position;
once in the running for public office-win or lose, cannot return to the union
top office;Union funds must be accounted for at yearly budget etc,etc,.
Office bearer can be prosecuted and banned from public office for certain offences;
A director of Union must be appointed by the Government in Power?
That's the only way
we can ensure to keep these union executives from having too much power and in abusing workers funds?

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