FHRC director Dr Shaista Shameem admiringly described how she received a “comprehensive” report from interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on the allegations against the RFMF, since its Christmas Coup.
Dr Shameem said this will now allow the FHRC to investigate the allegations which will include responses from the complainant.
“As far as we are concerned, they are satisfactory responses,” says Dr Shameem, then hastens to add, “Not satisfactory necessarily (that) there are no violations, but satisfactory from our perspective that we have substantive responses and allegations (are) found to have substance.”
This statement appears to be the first substantive response to the military violations and the first time Dr Shameem admits abuses did occur.
Fijivillage points out: “Dr Shameem stresses that the FHRC is an independent body under the constitution and will continue to process all complaints through the normal procedures.”
Musharaf’s a copycat, or is it the other way around?
So who copied whom? The
But now we hear of accusations that Musharraf copied his Fijian counterpart Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama when he sacked that country’s Chief Justice.
Fijilive reports that a Pakistani opposition party – the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) – says Musharraf was copying Bainimarama’s example when he suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry.
“The manner in which General Musharraf tried to conquer Supreme Court is most shameful,” said PML-N’s Secretary of Information Ahsan Iqbal in a statement.
“General Musharraf took the cue of his unconstitutional action from a fellow military dictator Voreqe Bainimarama of
Thanks to Fijilive for posting this gem.
Polls begin of voice of the people
Despite threats from the interim government that any form of industrial action would be illegal under the state of emergency, several public sector unions have begun balloting for a strike mandate.
The Fiji Public Service Association and the Fiji Teachers Union are expected to reveal the results of the ballot on whether to strike against the 5 percent civil service pay cut.
Interim Labour Minister Bernadette Ganilau said they cannot do anything about a pending nationwide strike because an official warning of a strike had yet to be received by the ministry, Fijivillage reports.
The unions are not backing down on their threats to strike.
“We know the military will step in if we go on strike. We are only afraid of God,” Pita Delana, Public Employees Union general secretary told Fijilive.
What state of emergency?
And speaking of the state of emergency, its extension by a month last week passed by with hardly a mention in the media.
Fijilive reported only this week that the President had extended the Emergency Decree until early April. The extension was published in the state’s Extraordinary Gazette last week.
There’s hardly any fanfare now when the military quietly extends the provisions of the emergency month by month.
What’s the rush?
Fiji TV reported tonight the military says it won’t be rushed in its investigation into the death of 19-year-old Nadi youth Sakiusa Rabaka.
Army mouthpiece Major Neumi Leweni said a board of inquiry had convened “way before” the death of Rabaka. Rabaka underwent surgery after being assaulted in military custody in late January.
“Just because someone says that an investigation has to be taken, (doesn’t mean) we have to jump,” Leweni told 1 National News.
Before we end...
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