February 17, 2010

Military Regime Still On The Human Rights Defensive

As per usual once they're sprung, the military regime lashes out because they're cluelessly backed into a corner.

Two NGO personnel namely Virisila Buadromo and Rev Akuila Yabaki are warned against making public statements on the judiciary. 

As well, they are directed to "prove" allegations against judiciary that they apparently publicly made in Geneva -- which by the way is a wonderful media story that should be reaching the ears of Troika and working group members of the UN Human Rights Council before they finalise their report on Fiji:

The Government yesterday warned two human rights activists against making public statements on the judiciary.

Fiji Woman’s Rights Movement coordinator Virisila Buadromo and Coalition on Human Rights chairman Reverend Akuila Yabaki attacked the judiciary during their submissions at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva

Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama warned the duo should provide evidence.

He said the judiciary in Fiji was independent.

Commodore Bainimarama said the Government would ensure the human rights of every citizen was protected. He said the Human Rights Decree which came into effect in May 2009 was appropriate.
Then the self appointed treasonous chief himself, upon realizing that everyone now know's about their lies, tries to appease the masses with this weak message.

Perhaps it escapes him (as he campaigns and vote-buys across the country), that no one is bothered. Only they are.
‘Don’t let critics bother you’

The Government has reminded people not to be distracted by critics from other countries.

Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama said critics of human rights issues here and abroad had distorted views about the Government’s commitment in taking the country forward.

“Lots of that distortion is because they do not know what is actually happening here in Fiji and they therefore present a fictitious view of Fiji,” he said.

Commodore Bainimarama said some critics did not have a good record on rights while others “ignore the fact that the rights set out in the respective conventions place equal emphasis on economic and social rights as it does on civil and political rights”.

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