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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fiji regime presents 'clean' human rights report to UN

The regime delegation to the UN: 'We're all happy in Fiji'

First the Auditor's General report now human rights.

A regime delegation is in Geneva presenting a Human Rights report to the United Nations claiming to have resolved breaches.

Led by Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, the delegation delivered a 22 page report saying Fiji has met 97 out of 103 recommendations by the UN.

Here's some of the bullshit presented to the UN:

Khaiyum told the panel Fiji will ratify human rights treaties and is committed to making changes, where needed, to align local rights laws and policies with accepted international standards. 

He promoted the 2013 Constitution at length, describing it "as an expression of will of the people" that reflects values that provides for, protects and promotes rights of all its citizens and should be aspired to universally.

Khaiyum said while the country has not acceded to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights or the International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights, the 2013 Constitution provides for and promotes these rights under the Bill of Rights. 

With regard to  Women's Rights, he said these are consistent with the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) which Fiji ratified in 1995. 

"Our Constitution protects all Fijians from unfair discrimination including on the grounds of sex, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, marital status, culture, religion, social origin, conscience and social or health status," he said.

"These grounds that I have just read out are all new grounds and weren’t in any of the previous constitutions." 


Khaiyum: Spewing lies
Khaiyum told the council the Military Code will be amended by Parliament as a matter of priority to remove the reference of death penalty altogether. 

In regard to reports of assault on citizens while in police custody, he said where evidence of such assaults have been shown to be sufficient for prosecution as determined by the Director of Prosecutions, "such persons have been prosecuted and some are currently serving terms of imprisonment for such acts." 

He told the council that under the constitution, police procedures have been modernised and made more transparent to address and avoid acts of assault in police custody. 

In regard to public service, he told the council that the Fijian Public Service policy is now based on meritocracy, after he Fijian Government has done away "with discriminatory policies for the public services put in place by previous governments" which introduced policies that "only further advanced an elite agenda and clique." 

"In light of this experience, all appointments in the public service are now made on the basis of qualification and performance alone. The public service is currently undergoing reforms which will ensure that the systemic prejudice based on race, ethnicity, gender identity and religion is eliminated."

Chief Justice Anthony Gates also made a presentation to address matters pertaining to the judiciary, Director of Public Prosecutions Christopher Pryde addressed matters pertaining to the administration of the criminal justice system and MIDA Chairman Ashwin Raj is to address matters pertaining to media freedom. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bainimarama punishes North for promising to vote for him then voting SODELPA

Now starts the era of revenge.

Frank Bainimarama claims "Nobody will be left out” and yet two years ago he withdrew aid from two cyclone-damaged villages because they refused to swear allegiance to him.

Media coverage and stories such as “PM: Supporter first on my list” during the weekend tell us exactly where taxpayer and international aid money is going to be spent by Fiji First.

If Bainimarama has his way, the North will go begging because according to him he was betrayed by villages that said they would vote for Fiji First but voted instead for SODELPA.(Fiji Sun October 26)

The Opposition has been quick to remind Bainimarama the country’s coffers are not his personal funds.
Bainimara cited in memo: evidence villages were punished.

"Everyone pays tax - either it is through VAT, income tax or licence,” says Opposition leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa. “The people are entitled to any developments required.”

The party’s Shadow Minister of Itaukei Affairs, Naiqama Lalabalavu, says Bainimarama's threats to cut off SODELPA supporters show what type of government is in office.

"It is consistent with what he did in early 2013 with the Tui Vitogo and his people,” he says.

“It is similar to the threat he made to Niko Nawaikula’s supporters." 

Lalabalavu also asks:

Vitogo village bore brunt of Cyclone Evan
"How does he know who did not vote for him? What does he have from the Elections office that will allow him to identify who did or did not vote for him?”

Foreign aid donors are being urged to note Bainimarama’s bias and to secure guarantees to any funds given to Fiji. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beddoes fights on


  "......we 'punched' a big enough hole in the side of the Bai-Kai ship that now they have to contend with 18 pairs of eyes bearing down on them every day...'

There is no doubt the regime and the Fiji Sun have it in for veteran politician Mick Beddoes so it's not surprising both have kicked up a stink over him getting into Parliament, albeit it as the Principal administrative Officer for the Opposition Party.


Beddoes has yet to be officially appointed and is currently a volunteer but has been asked to take up the position by Ro Teimumu Kepa, who clearly wants to ensure an effective Opposition.


He wasn't elected but excelled in the lead-up to the elections in singling out the key issues and getting publicity on them and his absence is a loss to the Opposition.


In an interview with C4.5, he says he's honoured to have been asked and expects to bring some very useful advice to the Opposition.


C4.5: You've been around a long time - how would you describe your particular skills?

Beddoes: Having spent 6 years as an Opposition MP and 3 of those years as Opposition Leader, I think I have developed a few skills that might prove useful to our members.
Remember, in my days there was 2 verses 50, so with 18 Members to confront the government with, I think we will be in great position to keep them on their toes.


We also have the added advantage of a highly academically qualified and experienced group of individuals in their own     right, which I think is pretty impressive.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Award for excellence - and yet deaths in custody

Incompetency awarded:
Two of the country's most incompetent agencies have been singled out for their so-called 'excellent' service.

And yet both have been involved in ugly and controversial beatings of Fiji citizens, including prison escapees, some of whom have lost limbs or who've died in custody as recently as August.

The government run Corrections Services and Fiji Police have been recognised for their service to the community, while ironically the recent death of Vikilesa Soko is being investigated, and other cases remain 'unsolved' or closed.


Torture of Benedito and another prisoner.
Both Corrections and Police have had poor public relations records in recent years, with cases such as that of Iowane Benedito going uninvestigated despite the perpetrators being identified.


Now, with Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority (FIRCA), Fiji Corrections has taken the 2014 Excellence (SEA) Prime Minister's award, with Fiji Police being named in the Service Excellence Award - along with a number of government departments including the Prime Ministers Office and the Ministry of Information.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Nawaikula fights back on 'out of context coup threat'


"Bainimarama must understand he is now a Prime Minister, not a Dictator with a mandate to govern, he must exercise his powers with humility, respect and accountability"


Nawaikula: Bainimarama is fear mongering
Quick and sharp response today from Opposition member, Niko Nawaikula, after Frank Bainimarama accused him of threatening to carry out a coup.

Bainimarama was quoted in the Fiji Sun as saying Naiwaikula had threatened in his maiden speech that if the Constitution was not amended it would be Parliament's invitation to another coup.

In a veiled threat, he went on to say government, RFMF and police were working in unison and would stop any attempted coup.

Nawaikula
 was quick to front the claims and the 'alleged threats against him' saying he had said nothing of the sort.

".... Prime Minister Bainimarama and the Fiji Sun would do well to read the context in which I referred to coups in the Hansard - if they had, they would realize that their claims that I ‘threatened a coup‘ were not only baseless, but deliberately distorted to ‘sensationalize’ the issue for their own benefit of fear mongering."

Authorities forced to respond to Ebola concerns

Fiji police: due home from Liberia.
Is Fiji ready for the Ebola epidemic?

The question is a fair one but not one Parliament is ready for – or wants to discuss.

An urgent question was filed yesterday by Fiji’s Opposition member, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, but it was rejected by the Speaker.

Lalabalavu
The epidemic is sweeping several West African countries, with new cases reported in the U.S. and Spain and Germany but there have been no reports of the virus in Fiji or anywhere near the Pacific.

Fiji police, however, are stationed as part of the United Nations peace keeping mission in Liberia, one of the hot spots for Ebola.

Fiji has now been forced to respond with the Assistant Health Minister, Veena Bhatnagar, saying safety measures have been put into place.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MPs use maiden speech to target Constitution

Early days yet but the maiden speeches give some idea of who to watch.

SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula twisted the tiger's tail with his comment the 2013 Constitution did not have the people's mandate and that the best parts should be extracted and the rest discarded.
Niko Nawaikula

“The question I ask Madam Speaker is, Is the 2013 Constitution the People’s will? The straight answer is, it is not and this has been imposed on us."

The lawyer was reprimanded several times by the speaker for saying the Constitution was an interim measure only as Fiji morphs and seeks to achieve true democracy. 

He said a true Constitution reflected the spirit of the people.

“It is common will of the population," said Nawaikula. "It guarantees the rights of all its citizens and by that I mean individual or fundamental Rights, indigenous group rights, Minority rights, Worker’s rights, women’s rights and all other rights that are now established by the UN convention.

“It provides within it mechanisms that provides a clear
Mosese Bulitavu
separation of power, and it provides within it provisions that guarantees accountability, transparencies and good governance."


The leader of the Opposition, Ro Teimumu Kepa, also focused on the Constitution saying the history of the Deed of Cession wasn't even mentioned in it.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bainimarama slaps photographer at Fiji Day event

Prime minister by title but thug by nature.

A second citizen has been attacked by Frank Bainimarama -
Earlier incident: Bilitaki beaten.
a photographer who was slapped across the face after being ordered to stop taking pictures.


The incident happened on Friday evening at Government House during the Fiji Day cocktails and was witnessed by at least two people.


Witnesses say the newly-elected Fiji First leader slapped the photographer, who is believed to work for the Ministry of Information or the Corrections Services, and swore at him because he didn't wanted pictures taken of him and his family.
Injuries documented: Investigation underway.

The incident occurred at about 11.30pm.

The 2006 coup leader also ordered youth who were at the event to leave.

Bainimarama told them: "Raica dou kua tiko ni veitaba, dou vinakata meu cemuri kemudou ike" meaning "Look, don't take photos or I will chase you out of here."


Ructions already with albatross MPs slapped down

Ructions within the ranks already with reports Frank Bainimarama is unhappy with Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum's ministerial appointments and ministers already talking about a major reshuffle because some of their appointed colleagues are not even capable of public speaking. 


Put in place: Bala
Parveen Bala, whose is due to answer to the charge of death by dangerous driving, is proving to be the predicted albatross for Fiji First and has been growled at for announcing municipal elections just after being sworn in.

He's been warned not to make any announcements without consulting Khaiyum and told there will be no elections in towns or cities. 

Growled at: Rosy Akbar (left).
Womens Minister Rosy Akbar has also been told off for saying women are lazy and need to work hard to get out of poverty.

Veena Bhatnagar, the assistant minister of health, has been dubbed 'the biggest joke of the Health Ministry' after Neil Sharma was sidelined because of corruption allegations. 



The budget is expected to be announced in the last week of November - and will be the first test for the Opposition parties: while they can't bring a vote of no confidence against Fiji First, if 9 Fiji First MPs join the 88 opposition MPs in voting against the budget, the president will have to dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections. 


A restructure has meanwhile been announced for the fuel industry to allow fuel to be bought directly.