You are invited to share and pen your ideas, views or opinions that will facilitate/assist our country back to democracy. All positive and/or negative ideas and comments to steer us back to the road of democracy are welcome.

Whichever way one looks at our current situation back home, democracy has been completely raped. The rape of democracy in Fiji is a virtual degradation of the populus of Fiji. Their human rights are being deprived:

1. the right to decide their government;
2. who they want to represent them;
3. their right to free assembly;
4. free protest;
5. free to organise into groups so that they can talk about what is pertinent to their daily lives;
6. protest on issues they do not agree with....with no fear of intimidation from anybody.

With this military regime in place, the concept of freedom per the Constitution is a total myth!

And, we, the people of Fiji need to come together and be vehement about our total disagreement with the military regime. So give us liberty or death! The reality of the issue is that democracy in Fiji has been raped...from top to bottom...left to right....inside and out and vice versa!

Here we have a military regime that talks about freedom to the people and yet the very same military regime randomly arrest people, torture them, inflict unnecessary harrassment and emotional stress to those that seem a threat to them. The military regime talks about racial unity.......the communal concept of togetherness and yet Fiji is far more racially divided today than it ever was.

The so-called advisors, viz-a-viz, John Samy, these are rejects from their adopted countries and yet they are being rewarded with exuberant amount(s) of money by these rogue military regime who have no idea what they are doing. Lying to the international community does not augur well with this interim government and yet the interim Prime Minister continuously talks with a forked tongue when addressing international issues. The ministers talk about internal securities as if Fiji is going to be invaded.

All around it is clearly seen that the economy is in tatters and the Constitution is just a useless piece of paper. The rule of law is as what the military regime wants it to be.

The above are just some of my views (from a pro-democracy viewpoint). But, do not let that deter you from penning your comments if you share otherwise.

So, let us come together and voice our views/comments, whether they be for or against the military regime and have a very healthy discussion here so that in the end we can factually understand what our role is, what we need to do and how we can come up with ideas to help restore democracy back in our beloved Fiji!

Please feel free to write what you like or dislike about the military regime. Be sincere and honest about your thoughts, without getting personal or spiteful.

Kindly note, this "topic" will expire as soon as we have an election.

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Mike na leqa tiko vei ira na sotia nei REAR admiral Vore ni ra sa nanuma me ra kila kece na ka. Era via speacilist ni vei tabana kece vaka matanitu...na vuana eda sa raica tiko nikua, na veilecayaki levu kei na veidabui eratou vunitaka matua toka ena veimataqali decree ratou bulia. Ni dua e via lai vakelia se tukuna na dina e bilitaki ni via destabilise taka na regime.

Bula Lone,

 

Sa vakamadua na lasu eratou cakava wavoki tu na i lala qo. Io, me caka gona vakacava ni veika kece eratou cakava tu qo e yavutaki mai na butako, na lasu kei na veidabui. Na veika eda kila e tauyavutaki mai ena tabana ni vuli cava e a vaka i tavitaki keda kina. Qo ra tauri dakai wavoki tu ga mai sa ra mai nanuma sara ni ra kila talega na veiliutaki kei na kena cakacakataki na vei tabana eso ni matanitu, na veika e sa laurai tu qo ena tabana ni ovisa sa vakaraitaka sara tu ga vakamatata na levu ni gavui e tu vei Naivalurua.

Questions that should be asked:

49% from what %??

Why the work is not done properly?

Who gave the orders?

What is dragging them to hand the  reports in time?

Do they know what they are supposed to do?

Is there any time frame?

How long for a report to be done & submitted?

Fiji rejects claim movement and media restrictions still in place

 
Updated 18 April 2012, 18:14 AEST

 

 

Fiji's military backed regime has rejected the concerns raised by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group that there are still restrictions on the media, unions and the population in general.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At its meeting this week the action group said it was happy Fiji had begun the process of formulating a constitution and had lifted the Public Emergency Regulations.

But it also raised concerns about decrees enacted before, or since the lifting of the PER's which are seen as enshrining its restrictions into law, with the council's vice chair raising particular concerns about what he claims is the harassment of union officials.

Those claims have been dismissed by the interim government.

But one of Fiji's leading unionists says the Commonwealth is right to be worried.

Presenter: Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney

 

Speakers: Felix Anthony, General Secretary of the Fiji Trade Unions Council; Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, Fiji interim attorney general  Professor Brij Lal, Australian National University

 

COONEY: While the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group has commended Fiji's military backed regime for beginning the process of formulating a constitution to replace the one it scrapped in 2009, and also for lifting the Public Emergency Regulations that have been in place for over three years, CMAG was also critical of political events on the pacific nation, pointing out that.

"Restrictions on human rights remain in place under the Public Order Amendment Decree and other decrees." 
Fiji born academic at the Australian National University, Professor Brij Lal is not surprised by the Commonwealth's position.
 
LAL: What the Commonwealth is saying is indeed what the chairperson of the Fiji Constitution Commission, Professor Yash Ghai has been saying. In other words he simply wants to remove all restrictions on free speech that enables citizens to express their views fully and freely about the kind of constitution they want. It's a figment of somebody's imagination to say that we don't have restrictive decrees in Fiji at the moment.
 
COONEY: And while Fiji's interim government's pleased the commonwealth is happy with its path back to democracy, interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum has told Legend GM in Fiji there are no restrictions, and in fact other countries who criticise the regime's actions, are even more restrictive.
 
SAYED KHAIYUM: For reasons of the Public Order Amendment decrees is in fact borrowed from many other jurisdictions; the USA the Attorney General and President they can concur and hold a person in detention for an indefinite period without even a trial, if they believe they are a terror suspect. In Singapore they can hold them for two years. In Australia they can put a tracking device on your person, in other words on your leg or on your arm, even if you're a suspect. Fiji does not have any such laws.
 
LAL: Well I think what he's saying is really quite foolish. In Australia, in the US and elsewhere you do not call a person a terrorist who criticises government policy and that sort of thing. So he has a very, very narrow definition of what a terrorist is. I mean look, Australia is a democracy, US is a democracy, yes you do have restrictive legislation in place, but you also have other apparatus of the state, you have the parliament, you don't have a parliament in Fiji, you have the rule of law, you have rule by decree in Fiji. For anyone to claim that Fiji is somehow more liberal in respect of protecting human rights and so on, I mean they're simply deluding themselves.
 
COONEY: In his own statement the Vice Chair of CMAG Australia's Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr, says he also raised concerns about Fiji trade unionists being detained, held in detention without charge, and allegations one of them has been beaten.
The General Secretary of the Fiji Trade Unions Council Felix Anthony says Senator Carr is right to be worried.
 
ANTHONY: There has been beatings of union officials. I've been one of the victims of this. We've been held in custody, I for one was held in custody for seven days without charged. We believe that this is all just to make life difficult for us.
 
COONEY: But speaking on radio in Fiji Mr Sayed Khaiyum, says while the Essential Services decree limits union powers in particular industries, unions are not being targeted or restricted.
 
SAYED KHAIYUM: The Essential Services decree does not in any way prohibit the formation of a union. Trade unions in Fiji still exist, they still can operate.
 
COONEY: It's a claim rejected by Mr Anthony.
 
ANTHONY: We not only have the Essential Services decree that actually takes away the rights of all workers in … industries in Fiji and corporations, including Air Pacific. But also denies workers the right to collective bargaining.

They rejected it because it will save them and most of all they are frightened of being taken to justice!

PM not swayed

By MAIKA BOLATIKI


Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday reassured the nation that no one would dictate Fiji’s return to democracy.


The Prime Minister was reacting to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) report released after its 37th meeting, in London on Monday.


He told Fiji Sun that if he had to acknowledge the report, he would also be acknowledging his critics who were siding with CMAG in trying to dictate what Fiji should do in its return to democracy.


“My government has already set the roadmap on our return to democracy and we’ll stick by it.


“No one can dictate to us what we should do,” the Prime Minister said during the Fiji Pure Mahogany branding ceremony at the Sustainable Mahogany Industries Limited facility in Deuba.


Although the Commonwealth group – which includes foreign ministers of Australia and Vanuatu – welcomed the Government’s announcement of the constitutional process leading up to the 2014 elections they urged the Government to “restore full respect for human rights, including freedom of expression and assembly, and access to justice”.


Despite acknowledging the lifting of the Public Emergency Regulation (PER), the CMAG “expressed … concern” about what they say are “restrictions on human rights” that “remain in place under the Public Order  Amendment Decreeand other decrees”. Not swayed by that statement, Commodore Bainimarama said there was nothing new in the report except for the fact that they (CMAG) welcomed the lifting of the PER.


“Again the lifting of the PER was Government’s decision and there was no outside influence.”


On Tuesday, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, criticised the report saying that the “comments made about the restrictions of human rights are misplaced”.


The Prime Minister said Fiji had achieved a lot after it was suspended from the Commonwealth and it also gained many helpful partners.


“They continue to help Fiji without any conditions like our critics.”


Overall, the Prime Minister praised his Government’s efforts so far and what they had achieved through the roadmap.
“We had never, at any one time, swayed away from the roadmap,” Commodore Bainimarama said.


In his statement at the 12th Special ACP Ministerial Conference on Sugar, at Maputo, Mozambique in July 2011, Commodore Bainimarama outlined Fiji’s roadmap.


Under the current phase of the roadmap from 2009 to 2012, he said the Government would actively focus on economic and social developments.


“In 2013, the focus will be on political development issues, including electoral reform and formulation of a new constitution.


From 2013- Sept 2014 the preparations for elections will be undertaken by educating the public on the new electoral system and the new constitution.”


Government had remained firm on this and earlier this year the Prime Minister announced the processes to formulate the country’s new constitution, which will be in place early 2013.

http://www.fijisun.com.fj/2012/04/19/pm-not-swayed/

2014 election plan underway
Bainimarama outlines non-negotiable issues

Ricardo Morris

When Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama’s announcement for a constitutional process finally came in early March, it felt both exciting and vaguely familiar.

Exciting because it seemed like the military-led government was sticking to its promises; vaguely familiar because of the other announcements that followed; familiar too because, true to form, Bainimarama already had very clear guidelines on how the process would work—including the unsurprising fact that the new constitution “must be premised on the fundamental values and principles set out in the People’s Charter for Change”.

Unsurprising too, but impressive nonetheless, is the recruitment of globally acclaimed constitutionalist, Kenyan Professor Yash Ghai, as head of a five-member constitutional commission to hear submissions from July through to September.

The first woman deputy Prime Minister of Fiji, Taufa Vakatale, and academic, writer and former parliamentarian Satendra Nandan have been named as members of the commission. Two more would be named later.

Before the constitutional hearings, a civic education programme will be carried out from May to July across the country.

Bainimarama says this month civil servants will compile “materials highlighting issues for all Fijians to think about” before the review process starts.

The materials will include the People’s Charter for Change, which the Bainimarama administration drew up following its takeover of the government in late 2006.

 

Non-negotiable elements

Bainimarama has outlined what he says are “non-negotiable” elements of any new constitution and it is based on these principles the Ghai-led panel will need to draft a new document for Fiji from October to December 2012.

These “guiding principles” are common and equal citizenry; a secular state; removal of systemic corruption; an independent judiciary; elimination of discrimination; good and transparent governance; social justice; one person, one vote, one value; elimination of ethnic voting; proportional representation; and voting age of 18.

In January 2013, the draft document will be submitted to a Constituent Assembly, consisting of representatives from Fiji-registered civil society groups and organisations, including faith-based organisations, national institutions, political parties and government.

Bainimarama likened the Constituent Assembly—which will be named in December—to his National Council for Building a Better Fiji, which he set up after his takeover.

Any amendments to the draft constitution will be debated and made by the Constituent Assembly and by February 2013, a finalised document should be ready for President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau to assent to, according to Bainimarama.

He says the resulting document should be “an enduring blueprint for all Fijians”.

With a general election scheduled for September 2014, this should mean Fijians will have a year-and-a-half to familiarise themselves with the fourth constitutional document the country has had since independence in 1970.

The man chosen to head the constitutional process, Ghai, is no stranger to Fiji. During the mid-1990s when the previous coup-installed constitution was being reviewed, he helped the Fiji Labour Party with its submissions to the constitutional commission.

More recently, he was in Fiji in January to discuss a book he co-authored on constitution-making.

Ghai says several Fijians asked him to take up the assignment and he agreed despite the “considerable personal inconvenience”.

“I am not looking for any personal gain, but to assist reconciliation in a country which I know well and where I have many friends from all communities,” he was quoted as saying on a New Zealand-based Fiji blog.

Fiercely independent, Ghai has defended his role in the Constitutional Commission, saying that although he is linked to the same university Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum attended, it does not mean he is compromised.

He told Radio New Zealand International that despite also teaching the Kenyan Attorney-General and former Chief Justice, that did not prevent him from criticising them when they erred.

Last year, Ghai wrote a damning opinion piece calling for the impeachment of Kenya President Mwai Kibaki for lobbying against the International Criminal Court trials of his associates.

More relevant to Fiji, Ghai has said the government should review all laws that restrict freedoms to ensure frank discussions on the constitution before the process begins.

Following Bainimarama’s announcement, there were immediate responses from Mahendra Chaudhry’s Fiji Labour Party (FLP), the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) and the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) party of ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

All three statements questioned the need for a new constitution, claiming the 1997 Constitution which was declared abrogated in April 2009, was still valid.

Generally, though, reaction to the constitutional announcement was positive with many eager to participate, judging from the feedback printed in the correspondence columns of the daily newspapers. Others have questioned the need for another constitution and elections.

Mysterious graffiti messages appeared on bus stops and buildings around Suva in March, claiming there was no need for elections.

The government responded that the consultation process would be the best forum for people to freely speak their mind and that the country was on track to conducting “inclusive and transparent consultations”. And the police said they were investigating.

The next big announcement followed weeks after Bainimarama’s first—this time that the 137-year old institution of the Great Council of Chiefs was being “de-established”.

Despite being a British colonial creation, the GCC had played an important role in the hearts and minds of many indigenous Fijians over the years.

The GCC was abolished in four decrees signed by the President, one of which, merely deleted the words “Great Council of Chiefs” in the relevant law, replacing it with the words “iTaukei Affairs Board”.

Bainimarama said the institution in “modern times has become politicised to the detriment of Fiji’s pursuit of a common and equal citizenry”.

Bainimarama said over the past 20 years or so, the GCC, including its secretariat, had become highly politicised, with its members having political affiliations and membership in political parties.

Cakaudrove paramount chief Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu sounded emotional on national television the day the abolition was announced.

He lamented the demise of the GCC, saying he hoped there would continue to be a place for the council in future.

However, this is unlikely, taking into account Bainimarama’s statement that the GCC had “perpetuated elitism and fed into the divisive politics which plagued our country.

“We must now look at our commonalities as citizens of the same nation, and not what separates us as individuals or groups.”

Abolishing GCC notwithstanding, and appearing to want to maintain some of the goodwill it had created in the preceding months, the government announced that the Fiji Police Force had granted a permit to the previously banned SDL to hold a meeting.

A statement said police would grant permits to “all political parties and other organisations” subject to the laws of the country.


http://www.islandsbusiness.com/fiji_business/index_dynamic/containe...

Final Commission member identified: PM

07:17 Today

Taken from/By: Facebook
Report by: Apisalome Coka

The fifth and final member of the Constitutional Commission has been identified but has yet o sign up.

This was confirmed to FBC News by the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

However he says they cannot name the person.

_"Yes we are on track, as you know we have just named the additional international member of the constitution in the last couple of days, we have identified the local but we’ve have to get in touch with the person, because i understand the person is away overseas so we need the persons endorsement before we can put out the name publicly."

FBC News understands the last member to be confirmed has NGO experience in women’s affairs.

The fifth member will join Professor Yash Ghai, Professor Christina Murray , Satendra Nanden and Taufa Vakatale.

http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/1680/final-commission-member-identified-pm

Fiji chief denies making threats

Updated 19 April 2012, 9:30 AEST

A paramount chief in Fiji denies she's played the race card or threatened internal strife in a letter to the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

Ro Teimumu Kepa wrote the letter to protest the interim government's decision to abolish the Great Council of Chiefs.

An opinion article in a pro-government newspaper criticised her for threatening a calamity, but she says she was simply raising the concerns of indigenous Fijians.

Presenter:Bruce Hill

Speakers:Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji Paramount Chief; Graham Davis, Fiji-born Australia based journalist

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacifi...

Good call Ro Teimumu for speaking out on behalf of the indigenous Fijians!


Compared to Voreqe who prefers to be called Frank is an evidence of someone who doesn't prefer an indigenous name.  He is married to Mary again reveals his taste is not for the indigenous and then named his daughter Bernadette. So where's his indigenous feelings. None it seems. He may be from Kiuva but his records speaks louder itself.


PM a proud father | Fijisun.com.fj

4 days ago – Bernadette Christine Bainimarama with proud dad Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and mum Mary after graduating with a ...

The past will keep coming back to haunt your family Bainimarama. 


To set the record straight, for valuable reasons....of indigenous..assumptions....to the Fijians... and not Indians..for this matter...to begin ...with....how....much...Mataqali Land..in..total...belongs to Voreqes'... Mataqali....if he has ...one?...and who is the head of Mataqali......then ...we...can take from there .. check...the history....of ones involvement....and basic knowledge...of ...indegenous affairs....and so on....and ...adds...up...

This guy has to be reminded....that....we are Fijians..that..he..is...totally....hell bent.... "badda boom" "badda bing".....kicking around....without respect whatsoever....on..our...dignity....as..a..race....our....faith....and...our...Chiefs.....apart from the free loading scumbags...who carry themselves with...the Idi Amin Dada feeling...."I am the General the President the King of the Sea"....attitude....of...(wgf)

So...lets asses...and ...evaluate...the...possiblities..that drives...this...person................................................................   

Dictator caught digging his own grave. Even Aiyaz is a witness

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=198972

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