Tuesday, July 28, 2009

For a Brighter & Better Fiji - 'Fiji Truth Commission' is one of the answer.

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For a small Nation like Fiji, a dot in the Pacific ocean, crippled by a culture of military dictatorship over the last two decades, has emerged with even more damage to the lives of its citizens, its economy, tourism, loss of jobs, rapidly increasing poverty, anarchy etc.

The Military regime under the dictatorship of Frank Bainimarama who together with his predessor Sitiveni Rabuka, another army man are the authors of what Fiji is now today. These two men together with those that have elected to stay by them, be it interim government officials, business men, Civil servants & the likes have acted as if they were above the law.

The current military-run government headed by Bainimarama has not done justice to the people of Fiji. What both he & Rabuka have done are wrong and must be fully exposed so it never happens again.

We are therefore proposing the idea of a ‘Fiji Truth Commission’ to investigate abuses & corruption during both the Bainimarama [2006-current] & Rabuka [1987-2000] Administration. These abuses may include the use of violence, torture, warrantless hauling in of ordinary people [whether Fiji citizens or visitors], gagging of media both local & overseas personels, telephone wiretapping, cyber-spying, extraordinary rendition, and executive override of laws.

As a result of these Coup de tat (s) being executed by these army men & their supporters over the past several years, Fiji has suffered great divisons so deeply embedded that it has created an atmosphere of fear, intimidation and harrassment. It has pushed Fiji government into a ‘puppet-state’ being ruled by powerful nations that Bainimarama has elected to borrow money from in order to keep Fiji afloat finacially. Fiji is far less productive and Fiji society has suffered much setbacks thus making it less civil.

Fiji people are being deprived of a fair and equitable society and much to Bainimrama’s disgust, Fiji Bloggers & Friends of Fiji and others have had a gutsful and one need only to look at the contents & high quality of their articles in their blogs to gauge the mood of where Fiji is at at this point in time. Enough is Enough.

Fiji people are not ‘vengeance materials’ but in their own ways help will come to their doorstep and if this is to be one of them so be it. Fiji need a fair-minded pursuit of what has transpired & actually happened. Fiji’s Final Solution will be to move forward and Get to the Truth of it all, holding those responsible accountable for their actions and letting the Fiji people & the world know what the motives were & what actually happened. This will ensure that the ‘bad experience of the last two decades does not happen again and allow the next generation to enjoy a peaceful future.

Please sign & email your vote to our online petition @ Vote-Yes ‘Fiji Truth Commission’Movement http://luveiviti.wordpress.com/ & urge all Fiji people Globally to seriouslyconsider establishing the Fiji Truth Commission in order to investigate both Bainimarama & Rabuka’s regime’s & Administration’s abuses.

Fiji has great Lawyers, Advocates, Civil Societies, Religious bodies, Political Parties, Trade Unions, Non Profit Groups, Business organisations etc who can assist Fiji to be restored back to Normalcy. Fiji needs to restore its Constitution that has been put there by the people and not one dictated by the military dictatorship & their handlful of thinkers.

Fiji needs to renew its commitment to international law after 20 corrosive years. We appeal to you readers, Fiji Citizens, Fiji families, Business Associates and those who have close link with Fiji or contemplating Fiji as next stop, the current ‘ Fiji’s Dark Chapter in Fiji’s History will & can come to pass much quicker than year 2014 if we hold hands & move forward on this.

So do Vote-Yes for Fiji Truth Commission if you feel so strongly, just like how we feel, about investigating what really happened.

Here’s to a Better Fiji & we look forward to your support.
Luvei Viti

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Synopsis of Breach by Frank Bainimarama of International Law

· Freedom of Conscience, Religion and Belief [Art 18 ICCPR, Art 18 UDHR]

· Freedom from Discrimination on Religious Grounds [Art 26 ICCPR, Art 1,6,7 UDHR]

· Freedom from Torture, Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading treatment [Art.5 UDHR]

· Rights of arrested or detained persons [Art. 9 UDHR]

· Rights of charged persons [Art.11 UDHR, Art 14(2)-(7) ICCPR]

· Right to Fair Trial [Art 14 ICCPR, Art 9,10,11 UDHR]

In my view the most fundamental right is the Right to a ‘Fair Trial’ and what that means, or more precisely why NOBODY tried for an offence under the current illegal military appointed judiciary will have a fair trial.

Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states:
“All persons shall be equal before the courts and tribunals. In the determination of any criminal charge against him, or of his rights and obligations in a suit at law, everyone shall be entitled to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law”

I wish to regurgitate an analogy from Raw Fiji News (18th June) that summarised what this means in non-legal terms so that even Frank can understand as it would be futile to quote from the House of Lords in the UK or cite local coup conspirators’ judgments, including Nazhat Shameem and Anthony Gates.

“Now here is a story of a case in Wales: A simple, clear, straightforward case. On the evidence given no jury could acquit the accused.

The defence lawyer asked the trial judge if he could address the jury in Welsh. The judge agreed.
The defence lawyer took three minutes. The jury retired and came back five minutes later with a “not guilty” verdict. The judge had no choice but to release the prisoner.

The judge was so suprised that he asked the Welsh speaking usher, what the defence lawyer had said.

“Well my Lord, said the usher, “the defence lawyer had said to the jury: ‘look at the situation: the judge is an English man, the arresting police officer is an English man, and the prosecutor is an English man. The accused is Welsh, you members of the jury are Welsh, and I the defence lawyer am Welsh. I rest my case.’”

In Fiji we will not be as lucky as the Welsh prisoner.

In Fiji the Police Commissoner is a coup apologist, the Director of Public Prosecutions is a coup apologist, the Director of the Legal Aid Commission is a coup apologist, the Chief Justice, Judges and Magistrates are all coup apologists, and the Chief Registrar that selects the jury (assessors) is a coup apologist.

Justice must not only be done, but must also be seen to be done.

I rest my case”

No doubt all soldiers currently under the misdirected psychotic command of Frank Bainimarama have also being misled, and their oath of allegiance misplaced, they must not condone illegality, in fact, Frank Bainimarama should be arrested and Court Martialled under the 1955 Army Act by the Commander in Chief and Military Council, and if found guilty he must be executed by firing squad as the 1997 Constitution does not accord a treasonous soldier to have the death penalty commuted.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Prayer & Minute of Silence' for Ro Temumu Kepa [Paramount Chief of Burebasaga] with 07 others detained by Bainimarama & his Military regime.

Democracy for Fiji - The detainment of Ro Teimumu Kepa


Adi Teimumu Kepa...Na Gone Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi has been detained!!At 12pm last night in Fiji, 16 police officers were dispatched to Lomanikoro, Rewa and have taken Adi Teimumu into custody. Na Gone Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi is being detained at the Central Police Station in Suva and is being questioned as to her stance on the Bose Ko Viti issue.Adi Teimumu has been preparing herself for this. She is mentally, physically and spiritually ready and requests your prayers and positive thoughts at this time!

Above is a link to youtube link to an announcement by Adi Litia Cakobau, a high ranking Fijian lady from Bau, Fiji. She is accompanied by Ro Temumu's daughter during the recording.

Ro Temumu has gone into fasting mode and we ask that all those reading this to give a 'MINUTE OF SILENCE' & OR 'A PRAYER' that Ro Temumu & others who are being detained to come out even stronger after their ordeal.

May God Bless Fiji.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Political Context
The constraining or enabling environment
Truth Commissions are not created in a vacuum. They are set up in response to specific human rights abuses, which in turn are an outgrowth of the particular history, political culture, and institutional structure of a country. Any given political context provides both enabling and constraining forces.

Like a geographic environment, 'political context' provides a landscape to be mindful of. Other than the chapters to follow, 'Political context' leaves the designer with little room for choice. Rather, it lays the ground for the eight defining parameters of truth commissions. For example, types of human rights abuse will shape the kind of investigation that is necessary. The political transition process will determine the extent to which former perpetrators remain in power. The greater, in turn, the power of former perpetrators, the more limited the investigative power of a commission will be. Political culture and public opinion, too, are important factors for the establishment of truth commissions. A national focus on either healing or justice will shape the creation process significantly. Widespread national support for a commission can balance out opposition from former perpetrators.

We have identified five components of political context that are particularly relevant for the design of a truth commission:

Nature of violence and human rights abuses to be investigated
Nature of political transition
Extent of dominance and power of perpetrators after transition
Prevailing focus on healing or justice
Public support for a truth commission

Nature of violence and human rights abuses to be investigated

In regimes with a history of human rights violations one first question to ask is: Who were the victims? Who were the perpetrators? In designing a truth commission, both victims and perpetrators have to be identified as accurately and as comprehensively as possible. Such identification will lend credibility to a commission's task of investigating the truth. Next it is important to distinguish between human rights abuses that occurred during a civil war, when abuses are commonly found on both sides, and those that were perpetrated by an authoritarian, repressive regime, when perpetrators are mostly found on one side. The more one-sided past human rights abuses are, the less disputed is the task for a commission. In the aftermath of civil wars, on the other hand, a commission's investigation is often discredited by allegations of neglecting the crimes of 'the other side'.

In the following cases, we have identified the three specific aspects of the nature of violence and human rights abuses:
  • Nature of the regime

  • Victims

  • Perpetrators
Read some classic examples from Fiji by Raw Fiji:

Aiyaz Khaiyum is the king pin ruining Fiji

July 18, 2009
We cannot divide military strategy to terrorism schemes. As much as an effective military strategy, so is a terrorism schemes. And while the former may be seen as efforts to uphold moral principles through protection to human values, the latter seeks to disrupt the framework of peace through attacks to civilian targets – using (perhaps killing would be the best word to use)the weak to voice out their fight.

The network between our militarised regime and the terrorist AG defines this relationship well where the innocent individual were made victims. AG, in his ploy is slowly culminating his poisoness vernom to the military Fijians and inch by inch, closing them into his own concert. A time has come when AG calling terms and the helpless military reacts subsequently.

The control is so bad that AG can know order Frank, Teleni & Leweni to shoot their Fijian relatives – blood brothers and sisters, father and mother, uncles and aunts who are members of the Methodist Church. And you know what; these Fijian military figires cannot resist but order their subordinate to “shoot to kill”.

While Frank, Teleni & Leweni attends the burial later with heaps of foods and tabua for their “reguregu”, AG relaxes with his new bird in their hiding place, thrubbing his knucles with glee saying “one down (Methodist Church), one to go (Fijian System).

It hurts when you are a Fijian and read this between the lines. But the solution is simple. Frank, Teleni, Leweni – summon all your children to parade before you and look them in their eyes. There stand is your successor – the juniors. Ask yourself this question while you look at them – can you afford to see your children abusively attacked, assaulted in the streets tomorrow? Are you prepare to see the blood of your children from the reteliation of those who are victims of your deeds.

Me na kakua ni dave na dra ni luvemudou ena vuku ni nomudou valavala. AG is not a blood relations to you. Neither did he sacrifice his life sending you to school to bring where you are today. Think of the hands of your father, mother, brothers, sisters who have braved the little income they have to put you to education and achieve greater things in what you are today. Fiji is counting on you fellas. AG is ruining you and our country. http://rawfijinews.wordpress.com/2009/07/18/aiyaz-khaiyum-is-the-king-pin-ruining-fiji/

Thursday, July 16, 2009


A gentle note - whilst the Fiji Bloggers chip away with their disgust or otherwise, it appears the pull from the Fiji People who have had enough of the lies galore being dished out is finally materialising. The Coup leader does not like bloggers anymore.

Thanks to 'Freedom of Bloggers'!!!


Blogs Irk Bainimarama
Ha! So we do annoy the good ol' (illegal and treasonous) Numero Uno pretender.

Mofo we just getting warmed up because it's one area where We The People will rule.

Don’t read blogs, says Fiji military leaderPosted at 04:57 on 15 July, 2009 UTC

Fiji’s interim Prime Minister has dismissed claims that there’s been a change in the military leadership.

A Fiji military spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni, denied internet reports that Colonel Pita Driti and Colonel Roko Ului Mara had taken over the military’s leadership from Commodore Frank Bainimarama.

The reports were carried by blogs, which have gained a media role amid the continued censorship imposed as part of the emergency regulations.

Commodore Bainimarama has told Auckland’s Radio Tarana the claims are a non-issue.

“Reading into blogsites is not doing anybody any good. It is a waste of time, people who read it have nothing else to do, nothing good. Whoever is reading blogsites would get stirred and they get depressed and that’s the whole purpose of them. My advice is, don’t read blogsites.”

Posted by Keep The Faith at 5:40 PM http://intelligentsiya.blogspot.com/2009/07/blogs-irk-bainimarama.html


ex Fiji tourist said...
I wonder if bananasinpyjamas feels like King Canute as he tries to hold back the tide of discontent that is sweeping the blog sites.The difference of course is that Canute was intelligent and was determined to show his courtiers that God had greater power than an earthly king; bananasinpyjamas is plain stupid and actually believes the lies that his ass-lickers spin him.I see a picture of bananas on a chair surrounded by slimy sami, chand, hairyarse, teletubby & other criminals in front of a computer. bananas holds up his hand and tells the world to stop blogging.A very foolish desperado.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Way back from the Brink
Ni sa bula.

It's been a patchy few years for me as a blogger. From the few of us who started out in the beginning, only an handful are still plugging away, with Intelligentsyia and Disc. Bubu being at the forefront of this group. I take my hat off to these people, as they have not stopped in their efforts.

However, the reason behind my rather "inadequate" postings has been a search for a way out. I hit the "wall" about 2 years back, when I started to realize that we, as a country are stuck in a rut. This is what I mean.

Imagine if we actually have democratic elections. 2014, I believe, was the date last given by the "roadmap", not that those of us with our wits still intact take that with any seriousness. Why?

Because we have valid reasons to seriously doubt the sincerity of Bainimarama's latest decision.

Because he has done this in the past and changed set dates as and when it suited him.
Now, I don't know about you, but this is a major inconvience for me. I mean, come on, I'm trying to get on with my life here, plan for the future of the family, the tokatoka/mataqali/yavusa etc etc and this guy, on a monumental matter of this nature, cannot make up his mind. How can any turaga, marama, bhaiya, bhaini, man or woman plan their lives around this?

This brings something to the fore, something that should be front and centre, but has been allowed to slip into the background, as we "ooh" and "aah" and throuw our collective oileis into the air whilst pouring over the latest news, the lack of cement, the circus at FHL, the dwindling Governmental assets, the laying off of staff etc etc. While all of these things are important, they are mere symptoms of the cause.

If said elections are held, what guarantee does anyone (let alone the poor sods elected into Government) have that this regime will allow them to govern as they see fit, with the real mandate of the people (versus the "mandate of one" that this regime uses as justification of it's actions)? How do we know that they won't take over government again using our "interests" as a thin, sham of a lie excuse for doing so? After all, since 2000, Bainimarama and the military has always been in the background, hovering, exerting a disproportional amount of influence over the government and the country as a whole.

I have thought long and hard about this, and while I'd prefer another way, I think there is no other.

This regime, and the military that backs it has to go. It must be removed, and destroyed. It is a cancer in the affairs of our nation, a tumor that sucks up the "blood" of this country, and does nothing for us in return. We see career civil servants being laid off unceremoniously, after years of experience, and investments made in the way of training, further education etc etc. Trade opportunities are being denied to us. Doors for aid, assistance, travel are being closed. We are payiing a price that is way too heavy for us to bear, collectively and individually.

We must dismantle the RFMF. While it will leave us with 3000-odd unemployed people, it is far better than having a nation of beggars. Do not be deceived, that is exactly where we are heading right now, and this regime is steering us there, with the ineptitude and collective idiocy.

We do not need a strong army to protect us. We need strong citizens, people who will stand up and defend this nation. And this is where we start.

If you read this post, tell your trusted ones that this is the way to go, the path to our salvation as a nation. We need to convince the people of Fiji that this regime must be toppled at all costs.

In the Gospel of Luke, the Christ said: "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish." This is exactly what we must do. You need to sit and consider the cost to you, if you decide to take this path.

What will you do if it comes to bloodshed? Are you willing to lay your life down? What if it costs you your job? You livelihood? Your family? Your current way of life? These are things you, and I must consider if we want to have this freedom that we all yearn for, that we all cry for.

Consider also, the cost of doing nothing. Look around you and see what it has brought us. Lower GDP, lower tourist numbers, more inflation, shortage of goods (milk, butter, cement etc) brain drain, restrictions of speech, movement, on opinions itself, a very bad future for our children.......

Some of you will favor limiting their influence. That is akin to taking one step away from the edge of the cliff we are about to jump off as a nation. If we are to do this, we must remove this cancer altogether, so that we can heal and live free from this evil. If not, they will come back to haunt us again in the future.

Now if you decide that doing something is the lesser of two evils, compared to doing nothing, you must help me convince our fellow citizens that we must do something, and that we must remove this regime, by force if required. Tell your friends that the army must go. It needs to be dismantled. Their weapons have to be destroyed. Their influence on our lives must be nulified. Convince them that we need to rise up against these tyrants, and stop them. We need to do this collectively, if we are to be effective, because this is a collective problem, and only collectively, we can suceed. If this is attempted by individuals, we will fail, we will fall, and our doom, that that of our children and their children will be on our heads.

Spread the word.....no more military in Fiji.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


As posted by Dev-Zone Development Work Update 3 July 2009

While New Zealanders don’t blink an eye at turning the tap on, in some parts of the world water is a luxury people struggle to afford.

A staggering 1.1 billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water and around 42 per cent of the world’s population – 2.2 billion people – live without means of sanitation. About 1.6 million deaths a year are estimated to be caused by unsafe water.

Water is as fundamental to life as air. It provides an inexhaustible list of essential needs for survival. The World Health Organisation states the amount of water deemed ‘sufficient’ to meet basic drinking water and sanitation requirements is between 20 and 50 litres of water per day, per person.

The founding document of human rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states that everyone has the right to an adequate and healthy standard of living. This implicitly recognises that access to water is an inalienable human right that governments must guarantee their citizens.

But in our part of the world there is a tug of war emerging between providing access to water and the idea of water as a business opportunity.

Fiji has started to make steps towards the privatisation of water, a move which is alarming human rights advocates, including Amnesty International Aotearoa NZ.

The Fijian Government is moving towards water corporatisation. They have already established The National Water Authority, designed to make Fiji’s water profitable.

Corporatisation is the first step towards privatisation and for the ordinary people of Fiji, this means they will have even less access to water. The vulnerable and poor being particularly at risk.

The move to privatise water services began under the previous SDL-led government which introduced the Water Authority Bill and sparked outrage from the NGO community and even the Fiji Human Rights Commission. The current government continues to implement this move towards privatisation.

"The government has a legal and moral obligation to promote, fulfil, respect and protect human rights of people and these include, the right to clean water, says Amnesty International's Pacific Team member, Apolosi Bose. Amnesty International calls on the Fijian government to ensure that any decision it takes must never impact adversely on the right to access to clean water by its citizens, and it should ensure that the public are widely consulted on any developments with regards to the process of privatisation." says Bose.

In a 2007 Government sanctioned committee established to decide the future of Fijian water, five out of nine members were prominent private sector affiliates. No civil society or consumer representatives were included or consulted.

Fiji ranks 92 out of 177 countries on the United Nation’s human development index. With 49% of Fijians living in urban areas and only just over 50% of the rural population having access to water sources adequate for drinking, this move begs the question of how privatisation will improve this situation.

History has shown that privatisation further compromises the ability for citizens to enjoy the right to equal, affordable, and physical access to water. Privatisation in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba sparked huge protests that shut down the city for four straight days, eventually forcing the government to put water back into the hands of the government. In South Africa where the right to water is enshrined in the Constitution, a public-private partnership for water services has failed to serve the most vulnerable and poorest citizens with their human right to water.

There is an acceptance in the international community, and international law, that water can be treated as an economic good. But the point of difference that water has which makes it different to other economic goods is that is it is essential, scarce, and non-substitutable. Water is essential to human survival, trading it as an economic good leads to a human rights violation.

Water companies using Fijian water as a commercial good have no allegiance, legally or otherwise, to the welfare of Fijian’s poorest citizens. And the benefits of privatisation are unlikely to reach Fijian citizens living in abject poverty.

In violation to the right of water, this latest move by the Fijian Government shows failure to prevent third parties - including companies and the National Water Authority – from interfering with their citizen’s right. No one should be able to take away a person’s right to water, least of all a government already failing to provide internationally accepted standards of essential resources.

To avoid a human rights crisis, the Fijian government must listen to the outcry of the local communities and civil society. Wide consultation and transparency on the future of Fijian water is imperative. The Fijian government must not put economic gain ahead of the welfare of its people – particularly when it involves a resource as fundamental as water. It must stop this process of privatisation before it is too late.

Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand ,
Te Piringa, 68 Grafton Road, Grafton, P O Box 5300, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1010
􀀋 +64-9-303 4520 􀀚 +64-9-303 4528 􀀛 info@amnesty.org.nz 􀀝 www.amnesty.org.nz

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expertise to campaigning to end some of the worst violations of human rights worldwide

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Tuesday, June 30, 2009
337 lawyers get licence from regime
337 lawyers have been granted practicing certificates by the interim regime, following the rendering of the Fiji Law Society last month.

In a paid advertisement in today's Fiji Times, Acting Chief Registrar Ana Rokomokoti provided the names of the 337 lawyers.

But our sources say there are a total of 375 lawyers who were members of the Law Society.

This mean 48 lawyers are yet to be granted licences, most possibly because they didn't apply.

We can confirm that prominent Suva lawyer Graham Leung did not apply for a practicing certificate.

Other prominent lawyers who were given certificates are Law Society President Dorsami Naidu, Suva lawyers Hemendra Nagin, Richard Naidu, Jon Apted, Ba lawyer Dr Muhammad Samshu Din Sahu Khan, and regime's vocal critics Akuila Naco and Ratu Savenaca Komaisavai.

The Law Society had decided that all lawyers should apply for the certificate because failure to do so would jeopardise the interests of their clients.

Ousted Chairperson of Fiji Human Rights Commission and former Ombudsman Dr Shaista Shameem has also been granted a practicing certificate.

Shameem, a staunch supporter of Frank Bainimarama's regime until the abrogation of the Constitution on 10th April when she lost her job, is likely to enter private practice as reported by Coupfourpointfive two months ago.

Posted by Suliasi Daunitutu in his Matavuvale Blog from Pacific in the Media

Suva, Fiji
Fiji lawyers seek extension to deadline
June 2009
Some Fiji lawyers are seeking more time to apply for practising licences under a new set of rules decreed by the Government.

Legal practitioners have until today to lodge their applications with the acting Chief Registrar Major Ana Rokomokoti.

Under the Legal Practitioners Decree 2009, the issuing of practicing certificates is now the responsibility of the Chief Registrar, something the Fiji Law Society used to do.

FijiLive has been reliably informed that not all local lawyers have applied with some citing ill health or are on business trips.

Nonetheless, most of the country’s 180-plus members are expected to apply to continue practising after the end of this month.

This includes known critics of the Government, with only prominent Suva lawyer Graham Leung publicly voicing his exit from the Fiji judiciary.

Fiji Law Society President Dorsami Naidu said he knew of some lawyers who will not reapply, but did not want to reveal who they are.

“I know some lawyers who wish not to apply and practice under the current conditions, but we at the Law Society have left it up to individual members,” he said.

Rokomokoti said last week that 90 practising licences had been issued.

She has yet to clarify the criteria for determining her consent to the applications.
Refer Matavuvale.com

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