Fiji assessed by World Human Rights Body
Saturday, February 13, 2010
The Fiji government is now considering whether to accept the 116 recommendations made by the Human Rights Council’s working group, which reviewed Fiji’s human rights record in Geneva this week.
In his closing remark Ambassador Anasa Vocea says the working group was genuine in carrying out its work, where it didn’t finger point any of Fiji’s human rights records and also made some good advice.
However, Australia continued to point out that Fiji lacks a good human rights record as it was constantly reminded by the working group to use the appropriate terminology when referring to States.
The United Kingdom and the United States again were repeating their calls for an early return to parliamentary rule.
On the other hand, China, Russia, Mexico and the Philippines urged the international community to support the government’s roadmap to democracy.
Thirty three countries commented on Fiji’s report.
February 15, 2010
Sprung: Bainimarama Regime's Failed Deflection Attempts
No sooner had news of Fiji's report to the UN Human Rights Council and the subsequent concerns raised by working group members made the news, the regime jumped into action to downplay what transpired.
Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum the illegal Attorney General singles out the Australian media to make the case that everyone gets the same treatment at international gatherings. Ah we would beg to differ.
A sovereign state only gets treated like a pariah (evident even through the extremely thin veil of diplomacy) as was heard in Geneva, if you don't abide by UN norms like the respect for human rights.
Then Radio Fiji intentionally (because lest we forget Aiyaz's kid brother runs the company) muddies the water of the outcomes and misinforms (read: lies to) the taxpaying populace which subsidizes them, with this sub-par report:
Russia and Mexico did NOT urge the international community to support the military regime. Neither did the Phillippines, strictly speaking.
Check it out for yourselves.