Fiji Extends Emergency Regulations
By Angela Marie Watkins Impunity Watch Reporter, Oceania
SUVA, Fiji - Fiji’s interim government has extended public emergency regulations -- including censorship of the country’s media -- for a third month after April’s abrogation of the constitution.
Fiji’s military has extended its martial law rule for another 30 days, claiming it has made the country more peaceful. It is the second extension since the decree was introduced and implemented by interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, following the abrogation of the constitution and the sacking of the judiciary.
Under the regulations, the military and police have the right to use lethal force without being subject to judicial review, and the country's media is prohibited from reporting on political issues. In addition, public meetings are only allowed with formal police approval.
Interim government spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni, says Fiji's interim defense minister made the decision to prolong the emergency regulations following an assessment of the security situation.
“The absence of politics from the national agenda, for instance, is contributing positively to the peace and stability of the nation,” Leweni said. He added, “People are now more focused on their lives, families and work without being distracted by the divisive and fragmentary views that were prominent in the period before the emergency regulations were implemented.”
Leweni also claimed tourism was benefiting from the “more positive reports about tangible developments throughout the country and about people going about their usual friendly and accommodating way of life which Fiji is renowned for.”
For more information, please see:Radio New Zealand International - Fiji’s interim government extends public emergency regulations - 09 June 2009
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