Also mounting are calls for the head of the Fiji Human Rights Commission director, Dr Shaista Shameem.
On Intelligentsiya, an anonymous writer, in response the post of 19-year-old Sakiusa Rabaka’s death from head injuries sustained after he was bashed up by soldiers in Nadi, says, “In all my years growing up in Fiji, I have heard of such stories happening elsewhere.... stories of people being taken by military personnel, authorities and tortured and treated inhumanely.”
Another anonymous writer says: “The question for the military is why they are condoning these acts. (Bainimarama) cannot distance himself from this brutality.”
The writer goes on to say, “I hope that those soldiers who are responsible do the honourable thing and resign their commission, speak the truth and take the consequences like a man.”
On Fiji Village Talk forum, a frenzy of messages – some vulgar – have been posted under a string called “Shaista Shameem must resign!” most posters say Shameem should bow out now.
A poster nicknamed HighCommander begins the topic: “Shaista Shameem is no longer capable of exercising absolute independence in her role as the executive head of the Fiji Human Rights Commission. Her recent comments about the EPG report and the largely irrelevant objections that she made were absolutely incredible. It certainly was not worthy of an executive of a supposedly independent organisation. She has clearly demonstrated that she cannot independently and dispassionately assess matters that affect FHRC. Time to step down, Shaista!”
Travp says: “No let her stay. She’s so totally crapped on the reputation of the FHRC that it will no longer hold any credibility as an institution no matter what. The whole organisation will need to be reconstituted under some different name. It's lost credibility domestically and internationally. Feed her a bit more wine and cheese and let her wallow in it.”
And some news from Intelligentsiya collaborator Keep-the-Faith: “Take heart good people, there is a major exodus in the FHRC - 4 or 5 at last count within 3 weeks. Good on you guys for making principled exits!! As for the remaining suckers ---- time is of the essence and each passing day taints you more.”