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Thursday, May 23, 2013

No Amnesty International visit to Fiji

The human rights group Amnesty International has issued its annual report today. The following are excerpts from its page on Fiji.
Note: Following a request for confirmation, Amnesty International has told Coupfourpointfive that it is not sending a team of investigators to Fiji to investigate human rights abuse as has been reported by a Facebook page recently.


Annual report 2013: Fiji
People’s rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly continued to be restricted under military rule. Political leaders and human rights defenders were arrested and charged with serious offences, in some cases leading to imprisonment. Concerns remained about the rule 
  
Background

In July, a process for reviewing the Constitution was established by decree. Under the process, participants in the 2006 coup were given full immunity from prosecution. The Constitutional Commission, established in April 2012, and others expressed concern about the review process. Despite earlier public consultations, the process was amended in November to prevent public consultation on a draft Constitution before it could go before the Constituent Assembly.




Freedoms of expression, association and assembly

In January, the Public Order (Amendment) Decree replaced the Public Emergency Regulations, but retained similar restrictions on freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly. A number of decrees passed since 2009 have been used to stifle government critics, prevent peaceful protests and disperse meetings.
  • In May, police revoked a permit to march for the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on the day of the march.
  • On 11 July, police arrested and detained overnight a Fiji Labour Party official, Vyas Deo Sharma, and 14 male supporters for meeting at a private dwelling.
Former political leaders and human rights advocates were prosecuted in cases which appeared to be politically motivated, undermining freedom of expression.
  • In July, the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum was charged with contempt of court for an article published in its newsletter in April entitled “Fiji: Rule of Law Lost”.
  • In August, deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase was sentenced to 12 months in prison on what were believed to be politically motivated charges of corruption.
Government remained critical of external institutions reviewing human rights in Fiji.
  • In September, an International Labour Organization delegation was expelled from Fiji.

Torture and other ill-treatment

Police and security forces faced allegations of torture and other ill-treatment, including beating, threatening and intimidating people, particularly government critics.
  • In September, five men who escaped from prison were recaptured by security forces and were reportedly tortured. All five were hospitalized as a result of their injuries and one had his leg

Justice system and lack of accountability

The rule of law and access to justice were undermined by an absence of judicial review of government decisions and security of tenure for judges. Impunity prevailed in cases of past human rights violations.
  • In July, Felix Anthony of the Fiji Trades Union Congress issued a formal complaint, after he was assaulted by officers in February 2011. Police refused to investigate his complaint against Prime Minister and Military Commander Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama.
  • In January, the UK Law Society Charity released a report claiming that there is “no rule of law” in Fiji and that “the independence of the judiciary cannot be relied upon”.
     

18 comments:

Australia helping poor fijians while china minting money said...

AUSAID to benefit thousands

17:24 Today




Taken from/By:
Report by: Mika Loga

A wide cross section of the community is expected to benefit from the Australian government’s aid to Fiji for the period July 2013 to June 2014.

Fiji has been allocated 58-point-two million Australian dollars and this is the first time ever the country has received such a big aid package from Australia.

Australia’s Minister Counselor – Pacific, John Davidson says, the new funding will be used to rehabilitate close to 200 primary schools, upgrade sub divisional hospitals, support civil society organisations, improve food security, increase incomes of 70- thousand people across the provinces, help create new jobs and increase income of twelve thousand poor families.

“The exact figure is around one hundred five point five million FJD. This represent a ten percent increase overall in the programme but a fifty percent increase in the bilateral component of the programme I’m referring to is the aid that we provide directly to the people of Fiji the balance programme goes through regional organisations and regional activity”.

Australia is happy with its achievements in the last eighteen months with funds it made available to assist Fiji.

“We’ve immunized six thousand babies against rotavirus virus we’ve upgraded six hundred and forty eight class rooms trained over two thousand teachers delivered over sixty eight thousand text books to kids in school, over two and half thousand people now have access to a range of new micro finance products, we’ve opened up a pathway for Fiji ginger to export into the lucrative Australian market and we’ve also helped to restart the production of local lime to rehabilitate local soil and that will see a significant increase in production of dalo, sugar and live stock”.

The funding includes four point nine million dollar assistance toward the electronic voter registration, the constitution process and civic education.

Anonymous said...

This is crazy. Talk about a bunch of stale news. Qarase was found guilty of corruption. What's that got to do with human rights? These guys are ridiculous.

mark manning said...

As has been stated many times in the past 6 1/2 years, it is only Fijians themselves who can rid Fiji of this Regime.

Anonymous said...

Sanjesh/Robert



Time for you guys to learn and get some facts regarding baini coup.



1.Coup was executed to save baini himself from -getting charged for TREASON, he abrograted constitution, CRW murder, threating legal minister.

2. Just used Indians for support and money as economic power (business run by Indians)



You guys love to promote. Other day Sanjesh and female announcer on air around 11.30 pm seems like she was proud that Baini loves to only talk to Tarana. What's there to be proud of lady/Sanjesh. You guys are the most filty and corupt poeple in New Zealand. Announers only good at playing music and rubbish talk



You people cannot think what Indians have done. Get some facts around 1997 Constitution and now draft. Your station is equally guilty so all announcers who have been supporting this dictator.



Next time Sanjesh , just ask your uncle baini..how much salary he earn and why salary is processed by private firm.

What;s the debt level of Fiji? My guess around 6-8billion.



Also why to date they have not shown a single evidence that last general election was rigged. He was going to show on Jan 1st 2007 by the help of Peter Foster a conman. That conman conned this connman.



Sanjesh you and your team needs to learn some investigative journalism .



Whatever they do..





Baini, Arsey, Nazat. Gates will be in gail--be 1 year, 2, years or 5 years, they will end up in ail.



If you have some dignity or intergrity left stop supporting and promoting.



Read and digest until for big one next time.

Anonymous said...

totally agree its up to the people of fiji to rise up and put this illegal government out of office and get this mercenary army back to camp

Sugar Industry Doomed - BALA DASS said...



“Fiji sugar industry is doomed” ….Bala Dass

by *********


Fiji sugar rep rejects claim industry on way back up

Posted at 07:50 on 23 May, 2013 UTC

The Fiji Cane Growers Association says the local media has grossly overstated the impact of a higher payout for the 2012 season.

The payout, which is expected to exceed 80 Fiji dollars per ton, has been called a record but the Association general secretary, Bala Dass, says that figure has been achieved before, in 1998, when operating costs were much lower.

Mr Dass says while the payment is of some relief to the cane farmers, it is not a catalyst for reviving an ailing industry.

Mr Dass says the reality is that the majority of the cane farmers cannot survive on the few thousand dollars they earn from their sugar crop.

He says with the European Union continuing to withhold its aid support to the sector, the Fiji sugar industry is doomed.

The EU cancelled its annual allocation to the Fiji industry in 2009 after the regime reneged on a commitment to hold elections that year.

News Content © Radio New Zealand International PO Box 123, Wellington, New Zealand

Anonymous said...

Time to join Dakuwaqa@hushmail.com

Anonymous said...

How can the election be free and fair ?.
When we dont have a legal constitution.
All this election process and constitution will be illegal like the current illegal govt.

TEKISUE said...

SO THE MESSAGE NEWS ARTICLE BELOW IS AT LEAST HONEST IN REVEALING THAT FIJI, UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYES OF A "CORRUPTION-RIDDING" REGIME IS BECOMING A "CORRUPTION-BENEFITTING" NATION STATE. WITH THE PM AND AG SALARIES BEING STATE SECRET, ONE WONDERS IF THIS INVESTIGATION BY TIKOLEVU AND NAIVALURIA SHOULD NOT START AT THE TOP OF THE REGIME.

FIJI VILLAGE HEADLINE: $300M in illegal funds circulating the country

Publish date/time: 24/05/2013 [08:05]

Over $300 million has been circulating in the country over the past three years generated from money laundering, tax evasion and funding illegal activities.

Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority CEO Jitoko Tikolevu said they are investigating a number of cases.

There is an audio file attached to this story. Please login to listen.

Tikolevu believes with the introduction of the new ‘unexplained wealth’ provisions in the Proceeds of the Crime Amendment Decree of 2012 they will be able to deal with this issue.

He said they will now have additional powers to forfeit any undeclared income as unexplained wealth.

The Director of the Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit Razim Buksh said the new unexplained wealth provisions enables the court to confiscate any property or benefit that is owned or controlled by a person that cannot be reasonably explained in relation to the lawful income of that person.

Buksh added Police now can shorten the investigation time of such cases.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua said they have committed substantial resources in investigating complex financial crimes as they have specialized units like the Anti-Money Laundering Investigation Unit, the Cyber-Crime Unit and the Transnational Crime Unit.

Story by: Ronal Deo & Akuila Cama

Anonymous said...

Tikolevu and Naivalurua are both feeding from the same pot of shit Bainimarama and KHAIYUM are helping themselves to; and its the shit smeared bulshit wannabees who call themselves reporters are busy trying to curry flavour the different recipies....ITS ALL SHIT anyway.

rajend naidu said...

editor,
In the article 'Count down : Ratuva on progress and parties' (Fiji Sun 24/5) the distinguished political sociologist Dr Steven Ratuva tells us "This election will be anticipated after a long time because it is a way of getting Fiji out of the political quagmire as well as provide the exit strategy for the coup makers who of course are actively trying to return to power through the electoral process".
How are the coup makers actively trying to retain their hold on power albeit via the electoral process? Vote buying?
Can a dictator's road map to democracy be trusted?
How confident can anyone be about a free and fair election being conducted by Fiji's arbitrary rulers?
Will the dictator and his cronies quietly handover power should they still lose the bogus election they are "actively" shaping?
Why isn't the preparations for the conduct of the elections being handed over to a civilian interim administration ?
These are the more critical questions confronting both the people of Fiji and the international community
Are the people of Fiji merely going through the motions of an election without due regard to the authenticity of the processes?
Time will tell, if it hasn't already.
sincerely,
rajend naidu
sydney

Coup fourpointfive said...

editor,
I agree with Samuela Savu of Canberra that " we all see things differently" (Fiji Times 24/5). As such dictatorial rulers and their apologists and propagandists see things one way and defenders of democracy see things in quite another . But unlike Savu I don't believe in ignoring or glossing over what is wrong. What is wrong in Fiji at the present time is the military rule under which the people have been living since the Bainimarama takeover of 2006. Defenders of democracy must continue to raise their voice against it. We read in the Amnesty International Report 2013 on Fiji that "People's right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly continue to be restricted under military rulle..."
People who stand up to defend this denial of the democratic rights and freedoms of the people of Fiji , especially people who themselves enjoy these rights and freedoms living in western democracies, are hypocrites and scoundrels.
Critics of Fiji's military rule must remain vigilant against them.
sincerely,
rajend naidu
sydne

Matayaro said...

Air Fiji Should Follow Air NZ

Call to stop shark fin exports

10:53 Fri May 24 2013
by
AAP

Forest and Bird wants shipping companies to follow Air New Zealand's lead and stop transporting shark fins.

Air New Zealand confirmed this week that it has immediately suspended flying shark fins and is reviewing the practice after a South China Morning Post story revealed it had sent shark fins to Hong Kong.

It previously only refused to carry shark fins, commonly used for soup in Asia, if it deemed they were unsustainable.

Forest and Bird marine conservation advocate Katrina Subedar says the practice of cutting fins from a shark and then dumping the rest of its dead body overboard was legal but unsustainable and wasteful.

She welcomed Air New Zealand's move, saying any connection to it could put a company's reputation at risk.

"Shark finning is hugely wasteful and puts the very survival of some of our shark species at risk."

Ms Subedar said New Zealand was one of the world's top 20 shark fin exporters and Forest and Bird would now talk to local shipping companies to try to get them to stop it.

She said shark finning was banned in nearly 100 countries and it was shameful shark finning was legal within New Zealand's exclusive economic zone but illegal for New Zealand boats outside it.

All New Zealand's parliamentary parties bar National have signed a pledge to support a law change, she said.

"Our government needs to acknowledge the massive amount of public ill-feeling towards shark finning and the unsustainability of this wasteful practice, and change the law."


©AAP 2012

Anonymous said...

I am sad that when we look forward to 2014, we still see the old politicans gunning for power. Why can the political parties elect some young, clean and dynamic leaders than the same old one who are well passesd their age.

Let's be honest, do you want FB to be replaced by MPC, LQ, attar singh or Mick.

I wish some new voice will spark a change.

Anonymous said...

When will people wake up to reality no one coming to help fiji out of its misery. So much has been revealed and exposed about this treasonous regime and yet it continues and will continue until those who are not benefiting from the corruption stand up against those that are.

Anonymous said...

Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum both sure seem to have a lot of unexplained wealth now. Just sayin.

Anonymous said...

Right. Bainimarama's reneging on the elections in 2009 doomed Fiji's struggling sugar industry. Just one of the many curses he's brought upon Viti.

Hangman said...

THIS IS THE CAMPAIGN SLOGAN THAT THE PEOPLE OF FIJI WILL USE AGAINST VOREQE AND HIS ILLEGAL REGIME

NO IMMUNITY, NO IMMUNITY, NO IMMUNITY, NO IMMUNITY, NO IMMUNITY.

SEND THE BASTARDS TO JAIL, SEND THE BASTARDS TO JAIL, SEND THE BASTARDS TO JAIL, SEND THE BASTARDS TO JAIL.