Thursday, August 27, 2009

UNITED NATIONS STILL ENGAGES FIJI SOLDIERS WHILE CITIZENS SUFFER UNDER MILITARY RULE ?




Posted:luveiviti@myvuw

Take a look at the number of Fiji soldiers still engaged with the United Nation Peace Keeping Force as at 31 July 2009.

Country UN Mission Description Members

Fiji

UNAMI Troop . . . . 221 = UNAMI 221

UNAMID Police . . . 13 =UNAMID 13

UNMIL Police . . . . 31 = UNMIL 31

UNMIS Police . . . . = 8

Military Observer . . . . = 6

UNMIS 14

UNMIT Military Observer . . . . = UNMIT 1

FIJI TOTAL = 280

Refer United Nation site: UN Mission detailed by country: http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/dpko/contributors/2009/july09_3.pdf

  • Deploy to prevent the outbreak of conflict or the spill-over of conflict across borders;

  • Stabilize conflict situations after a cease fire, to create an environment for the parties to reach a lasting peace agreement;

  • Assist in implementing comprehensive peace agreements;

  • Lead states or territories through a transition to stable government, based on democratic principles, good governance and economic development. '

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Note we have made reference & quoted UN write-up on Fiji. When one searches its sites for report on current situation in Fiji be it Human Rights Abuse todate or stories of unstable government. The answer is ZERO.

  • What does that tells us? Is there a direct link between the current regime and the United Nations?

  • Or there is something going on with their representatives in Suva that the United Nations have decided to take a SOFT APPROACH' to Fiji's problem.

People of Fiji are looking for answers to these questions!!

United Nations's Statement on Rule of Law, quoted below excerpt states;

" For the United Nations, the rule of law refers to a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions, and entities, public or private, inclduing the state itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards." unquote.

Why is it that United Nations appears to take a back sit while watching Fiji go to ruin at the hands of Military Dictatorship? Why are the UN continuing to engage Fiji soldiers for peace keeping mission?
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More dated article on Fiji appearing on United Nations Site - the best one can get.

Is this a joke?

** Fiji [24 Nov. 2008]

The Secretary-General has sent an exploratory mission to Fiji from 23 to 28 November. He has conveyed his hopes to the Interim Government that discussions with all stakeholders would lead to finding a mutually agreeable way forward on the political situation in Fiji.
The mission is headed by Tamrat Samuel from the UN Department of Political Affairs. While in Suva, the UN mission will meet with a broad range of national stakeholders, as well as with regional and international actors, especially the Pacific Islands Forum and the Commonwealth.


http://www.un.org/News/briefings/docs/2008/db081124.doc.htm

"For the United Nations, the rule of law refers to a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the State itself, are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards. It requires, as well, measures to ensure adherence to the principles of supremacy of law, equality before the law, accountability to the law, fairness in the application of the law, separation of powers, participation in decision-making, legal certainty, avoidance of arbitrariness and procedural and legal transparency."
(
S/2004/616, Report of the Secretary-General on The Rule of Law and Transitional Justice in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies"
http://www.un.org/en/ruleoflaw/index.shtml

DID UNITED NATIONS REALLY BAR FIJI SOLDIERS??

UN bars Fijian soldiers
by medwar @ 2009

CANBERRA: The U.N. has barred Fijian soldiers from future peacekeeping missions in the latest sanction against the South Pacific nation's military rulers for suppressing democracy, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Tuesday.

The U.N. decision was announced as Fiji authorities detained a nationalist political party leader and five others for distributing pamphlets.

Australia successfully lobbied the United Nations to ban future deployments of the well-trained and well-regarded troops as a means of denying Fiji's flagging economy precious income from lucrative U.N. paychecks, Rudd said.

The U.N. Information Center in Australia could not immediately confirm the policy change Tuesday.

"The revenue remittances to Fiji from Fijian forces working with U.N. operations around the world are important sources of revenue back into the military families, in particular within Fiji," Rudd told reporters.

"Through our own interventions with the United Nations and supported by New Zealand and other countries, the United Nations now is not going to engage future or new Fijian troops for new operations," he added.

Rudd condemned Fiji for suspending the national constitution and press freedom as well as for undermining the independence of the judiciary. The island nation has been ruled by military leader Frank Bainimarama since a 2006 coup.

The U.N. decision apparently would not affect current Fijian peacekeeping missions.Fiji has up to 2,000 troops on U.N. peacekeeping duties in hotspots that include the Sinai, Iraq and the Sudan, with battalion-sized groups in both Iraq and the Sinai desert.In Iraq, hundreds of Fiji soldiers provide security for U.N.operations in the capital, Baghdad, as well as in Basra in the south and Irbil.Foreign exchange earnings the troops send home to their families are worth millions of dollars a year to the Fiji economy.

The cash remittances rank with tourism and sugar exports as the nation's top three foreign exchange earners in a crashing economy that recently devalued its local dollar 20 percent and imposed strict controls on cash transfers offshore in a bid to slow its dwindling foreign exchange reserve levels.

Fijian authorities also said Tuesday they had detained a nationalist political leader and five other men for distributing political pamphlets that could cause instability.Police Operations Director Waisea Tabakau said officers had arrested the general secretary of the nationalist Vanua Tako Lavo Party, Iliesa Duvuloco, and five others on Monday for allegedly violating the nation's emergency regulations by distributing propaganda.Bainimarama launched his 2006 coup to oust what he called a nationalist government that he accused of imposing "racist" policies against Fiji's large ethnic Indian minority. Bainimarama himself is from the indigenous Fijian majority.

The Vanua Tako Lavo Party seeks control by indigenous Fijians, and it opposes political or economic power being wielded by ethnic Indian Fijians, who make up about 37 percent of the population.

Police did not release details of the pamphlets they accused the men of distributing.The detentions were the first for alleged violation of the nation's public emergency regulations since they came into force April 10 when President Ratu Josefa Iloilo overthrew the constitution, sacked all judges and imposed a monthlong emergency.Iloilo took the steps in response to an Appeal Court ruling that Bainimarama's 2006 coup was illegal.

Under the emergency regulations, a person can be detained for seven days without charges if he or she is deemed to be a threat to the community and the country.The emergency regulations are due to expire in 12 days, unless the regime decides they should be extended.
Courtesy The Himalayan Times
http://bulafiji.blog.co.uk/2009/04/28/un-bars-fijian-soldiers-6025991/

1 comment:

  1. Labasa Checkpoint, Fiji

    As the UN bans the use of Fijian soldiers in international peacekeeping missions, private security companies are ready to hire, Jody Ray Bennett writes for ISN Security Watch.

    By Jody Ray Bennett for ISN Security Watch

    New Zealand’s prime minister on 15 April once again expressed vocal opposition to the United Nation’s continued mobilization of Fijian soldiers for international peacekeeping missions since the coup that afforded the Fijian military total control of the island in 2006.

    The government of New Zealand complained that the UN was essentially “propping up” the regime by funding the country while using its soldiers in various security operations around the world.

    New Zealand’s Green Party later weighed in, stating that, "It is deeply ironic that Fiji is involved in rebuilding Iraq. Fiji's military is more about destroying democracy than restoring it." At the time, the majority of Fijian forces that were being used by the UN could be found in Iraq, with numbers totaling to 223.

    According to the most recent UN Monthly Survey of Contributors, the remainder of its Fijian forces are scattered as follows: 12 police personnel for the UN African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID); 32 police personnel for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL); eight police personnel and seven military observers for the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS); and one military observer for the UN Integrated Mission in East Timor (UNMIT), totaling to 282 Fijian units for the UN.

    Jody Ray Bennett is a freelance writer and academic researcher. His areas of analysis include the private military and security industry, the materialization of non-state forces and the transformation of modern warfare

    Publisher
    International Relations and Security Network (ISN)http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Current-Affairs/Security-Watch/Detail/?lng=en&id=101406

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