Saturday, May 30, 2009

Fiji in tatters A True account: "The Shove...& The Lack of Paisa!!!

"Good Men (And Women) Doing Something"

The Shove... and the lack of paisa.Ni Sa Bula,
I write this as I read posts and media articles of the march in Sydney of people opposed to the illegal junta in Fiji.

The shove has begun.
There were hints of this happening, and rumours that it was going to come. The push has been going on for a long time...lets see....
Illegal removal of a democratically elected government Illegal imprisonment, torture, and killing of Fiji civilians Increasing cost of livingDevaluation of the Fiji dollarLack of funds in the public coffersWhilst on that 5th point...has anyone noticed that the FNPF is now making things so much harder to the contributors (you, me and anyone who has that "8%" deducted from their pay) to access their money? When you call their helpline and ask, you get all this crap about how they are trying to help us save for our retirement.

Now, if you are withdrawing for education, the limit is $2000 per term/semester. If your fees are over $2000 ( for USP students, this is a very likely scenario), then you need to fork out the balance from your pocket, or forgo some units/subjects. You cannot withdraw for anoyone outside your immediate family. I'd bet my FNPF savings ( whatever is left there now) that this regime is bleeding it dry as we speak/type etc etc.... looks like we could have the makings of a financial collapse that would dwarf the NBF saga.

Also, while on this, anyone tried going through the list of FNPF members with unclaimed monies in the Fiji Times? I tried, and it was a chore...with all the names jumbled up, and even some like "Viliame"... I mean come on !!!! Viliame????? I think there would be a couple of hundred of them in the FNPF member listings... then it struck me.....

What if this was merely to lay the groundwork for the FNPF to seize this money for reuse elsewhere? If our money really safe? Will we have something waiting there for our retirement?

If not......
In case you think this is one lone opinion, here are two articles from the Fiji Times (pre-censorship of course, when the news was the truth, and Fiji TV ran 1 hr 6pm news bulletins as opposed to the 20 min/40min split with Mr. Bean).
Coup Wolves circling FNPF - by one Wadan Narsey (kudos to you man)
29 Questions to the FNPF - Sophie Foster
I've also downloaded the pages and will post them online, when (not if) the censors (Ms Tora I believe..) at FT get them removed.

While on the subject of money going missing, the Unit Trust of Fiji has been sluggish in it's response to unit sales. People who try to cash out cannot get their checks the same day, and in some cases, are even told that they cannot take the whole amount at once. You try to take money out, especially if it's a big amount, it gets split into multiple checks, with excuses like "the signatories weren't available to sign the check" but hang on... didn't they just sign the previous one????

All in all, while you can, save wherever you can, preferably overseas. Also, don't invest (well, not in the UTOF or Fijian Holdings UT for that matter), and try your damndest to withdraw whatever you can from the FNPF, before the thieves get their mitts on your paisa. After all, you might as well use of saqamoli's before they do.

God bless Fiji FijianBlack

Friday, May 29, 2009

Raw Fiji spots Affirmative Plans from our Fiji Neigbors - The Australians!!

Hmmm......The Fiji chorus now is "Help is on its way!!!" yippeee!!!
The artcile below will be a worry for Fiji's coup leader & regime. Perhaps they are kicking their heals in Fiji right now...
& maybe those little blipper red lights flickering non-stop when trying to have that peaceful nights' zzzzzzz...& we say to those that are making Fiji so unbearable for the ordinary people;
" Dream on as Every Dog Has its Days.......!!"
Read more..... sas taken from Raw Fiji's blog...
Australian military to focus on immediate neighbours
May 28, 2009
By Stephen de Tarczynski
MELBOURNE, May 28 (IPS) – The Rudd government’s recently-released defence white paper outlines a substantial boost to the nation’s military capabilities and places a high priority on stability in neighbouring countries, including Indonesia and South Pacific states.
After the principal task of defending Australia from direct attack, “our next most important strategic interest is the security, stability and cohesion of our immediate neighbourhood,” says the paper – specifically noting Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and East Timor.
The white paper signals naval, air and special forces capabilities as areas for improvement over the next twenty years.
The build-up to what the Kevin Rudd-led government calls ‘Force 2030’ will include additional submarines, destroyers and frigates for the navy, while the air force will receive around 100 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
Professor Ben Reilly, director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions at the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, told IPS that the focus on Australia’s neighbours reflects contingency planning rather than pressing concerns.
He says that the government’s philosophy is based on the concern that “our immediate neighbours could potentially become a threat to Australia – not so much from themselves, but if ever they were to be influenced by unfriendly powers.”
One country which Australia has – in the past – perceived as a threat to its national security is Indonesia. The white paper states that, “it is in Australia’s vital strategic interests to see a stable and cohesive Indonesia.”
However, bilateral relations have improved dramatically since 1999 when the issue of East Timor’s independence heightened tensions between Canberra and Jakarta.
Australia welcomed Indonesia’s move toward democracy during the ‘reformasi’ period following the 1998 downfall of long-term dictator Suharto. The mainly Muslim nation is set to vote for its next president in July – with a run-off poll in September if required.
Furthermore, the two nations signed a comprehensive partnership agreement in 2005 – committing to cooperation across economic, technical and security areas. There have also been moves to liberalise trade between the two neighbours, while Indonesia remains Australia’s largest aid recipient.
An indication of the burgeoning bilateral trust and cooperation is the provision of an advanced copy of Australia’s white paper to the Indonesian military, which was also consulted during the paper’s drafting process.
Reilly argues that the transition to democracy in Indonesia has been a boon for Australia’s own security. “This has had huge strategic benefits to Australia because it has meant that we no longer have an authoritarian and potentially unpredictable – and, of course, a very large, populous – state next to us,” he says.
“Democracies are much more predictable in the way they operate because they have to be accountable to voters. It is extremely unusual in the world for two democracies to ever threaten or go to war with each other,” adds Reilly.
Andrew Davies, director of the operations and capability programme at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute – an independent think-tank located in the nation’s capital – agrees that a stable Indonesia is vital to security in the immediate region.
He describes the white paper’s concentration on Australia’s neighbours as a “back-to-the-future” policy.
It resurrects the “old ‘concentric circles’ model of Australian defence at a time when Australia has been involved in wars in the outer of those four circles – the global-interest type wars – since 2001,” Davies told IPS.
The ‘concentric circles’ defence strategy projected a series of increasingly- larger circles around the northern city of Darwin – higher security interest was placed on areas lying within the inner circles – and was popular following Australia’s withdrawal from Vietnam in 1973.
This strategy was largely abandoned under the previous government, which dedicated Australian forces to significant deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But, while the current government remains committed to efforts in Afghanistan, security in the broader Asia-Pacific region will take precedence over issues in far-off places.
Central to this is the rise of China – now Australia’s largest trading partner – whose influence in the region is anticipated to increase as that of the United States, Australia’s most important ally for over six decades, diminishes.
While Canberra enjoys good relations with Beijing, it has expressed concerns over human rights issues in China and remains wary of its extensive military modernisation.
In a speech at a security forum in Washington D.C. last month, Australian defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon stressed that, “Australia needs to have a healthy relationship with China.”
The minister also spoke of Australia’s desire “to work in partnership with China because it is a critical player in ensuring stability in our region.”
But while the white paper also places high value on a stable and cohesive Southeast Asia – “our neighbours in Southeast Asia sit astride our northern approaches, through which any hostile forces would have to operate to sustainably project force against Australia,” says the paper – stability closer to Australian shores is given greater prominence.
The paper warns that, “many South Pacific island states and East Timor will continue to be beset to some degree by economic stagnation and social instability.”
It points to factors such as weak governance – Australia remains highly critical of Fiji’s interim regime – crime, and climate change as reasons for which Australia must be prepared to provide humanitarian assistance or deploy military personnel in the future.
“The development indicators in most of the small Melanesian countries – including East Timor – are all pretty negative. It would be prudent to, at least, plan for the possibility that we may have to conduct humanitarian or other interventions in some of those countries,” says Reilly.
Australia currently has some 650 defence personnel in East Timor to provide security after unrest broke-out in the fledgling country in 2006.
There are also around 140 Australian Defence Force troops stationed in the Solomon Islands – in addition to police and civilian contributions – as part of the Australia-led Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI), whose aim is to maintain order in a country where ethnic violence erupted in 2003.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sai Lealea takes a potshot @ VB & his regime "Military Paranoid over Bloggers & Anti Regime Blogs"

Military Paranoid over Bloggers & Anti Regime Blogs

from Fiji Coup 2006 by (Sai Lealea)
Junta media cell surfing 24/7May 2009
By Basuraki BainimaramaThe personnels working in the Military Media Cell are being used to respond to critics of the IG on all websites and blogsites to show that the people of Fiji support the current status quo. These recently recruited junior military officers are being paid by tax payers money to heap praises for the IG and oppose all those who go against them by purporting that they are living aboard when in cyber. The latest count is 150 military personnels who are on a 24hour shift sitting infront of the computer. No wonder computers are being confisicated all over the place. Interestingly these Officers resort to watching online ponography when they get bored. What Chiko Mada!Posted by rawfijinews
Australian and NZ investors in Fiji naive – Ballu KhanMay 26, 2009
Australian and New Zealand investors in Fiji have been labelled naive by Fiji-born New Zealand businessman, Ballu Khan. Mr Khan was previously accused of masterminding an assassination plot against Commodore Frank Bainimarama, but the charges were dropped. He says the changes being introduced by the regime in Fiji do not just affect Suva, but everyone in the whole country. Mr Khan believes that involves investors, including those developing resorts or running hotels: “The real test is, all these people, investors in the tourism industry, will come when they are one the rough end of the stick and there are no institutions for them to run to it will be based on somebody’s judgement. I think it is completely naive of them.” Mr Khan says the regime is destroying the fundamental and core institutions of Fiji.
News Content © Radio New Zealand InternationalPO Box 123, Wellington, New ZealandPosted by rawfijinews
Ballu Khan – Fiji legal profession faces downgradeMay 26, 2009
There are fears that the quality of the legal profession in Fiji will be damaged as a result of the move to transfer the issuing of practising certificates away from the Law Society. Under the Presidential decree new certificates have to be applied for in just over two week’s time. But Fiji-born New Zealand businessman, Ballu Khan, says he believes many lawyers won’t apply out of principle. Mr Khan was accused of masterminding an assassination plot against Commodore Frank Bainimarama, but the charges were dropped. He says the licensing change could put a large number of high quality lawyers out of the system and degrade quality of the legal fraternity. “Lawyers who get licensed by the current regime will always be compromised in the manner which they represent and advocate on behalf of their clients in the courts and we’ve got some nasty scenarios coming out; if a lawyer is defending a case against the regime and is licensed by the regime, is he really able to criticise the regime in a court of law?” Mr Khan says the delays in hearings after the sacking of the judiciary and the slowdown in the economy have also left many legal firms struggling.
News Content © Radio New Zealand InternationalPO Box 123, Wellington, New ZealandPosted by rawfijinews
Frank Bainimarama and Teleni’s arms manufacturing dream emergingMay 26, 2009The manufacture of lethal weapons, as well as chemical, biological and radioactive propelled missiles are the order of the day in Fiji with all necessary licenses and permits awaiting hush hush approval by Frank and Teletubby. Where in the world raw materials are to be sourced from and to whom the manufactured arsenal would be sold to is anyone’s guess, even in defiance with International conventions ratified by Fiji. The key problem with this so called foreign investment is that all resources will be imported including the human element and we will be giving them a tax free factory holiday. Stay tuned for more as we expose the desperation of a tin pot commander and his teletubby partner in crime whose action will crate a new dimension to the concept of security and foreign relations in the Pacific. This is the price of allowing a rouge failed state to endure…buddha747Posted by rawfijinews
Secret fear of Fiji’s blog readersMay 26, 2009
Fijians are scared to be seen looking at the internet in case they are thought to be reading anti-government blog sites, says a blogger in the Pacific nation. Yet internet blogs have become a popular source of information in Fiji after the interim government imposed media censorship laws on the country’s mainstream media outlets. The blogger – who insists on anonymity – told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat program that it is not just bloggers themselves who are careful about being identified by the government, but blog readers as well. He says feedback from readers indicates that many people in Fiji are worried about simply being observed at a computer accessing the internet. “One of the comments that’s interesting is that some has said to me, ‘keep it short, we’re going in to read your blog in particular during work times and we can’t be seen to be surfing the net.” The reader had continued: “We wan’t to get information in the quickest way possible, in an easy way to digest.” The blogger says people who read the blogs should be cautious after some lawyers were outed as anti-government bloggers and were taken in for questioning last week. “(The government) are certainly, I think, very interested in who is doing what and where the information is coming from and certainly what their sources are.“And we saw that with the two lawyers, they have been targeted and their material have been confiscated that there is cause that there is something to be able to do our work,” Australian internet security specialist, Patrick Gray, says while it is possible for governments to track people online there are some ways Fijians can safely browse the internet. Mr Gray says there are some software tools on the internet which might help blog readers in Fiji avoid detection.Posted by rawfijinews
More military personnel have this to sayMay 26, 2009
Dear RFN a few more members are coming forth and want to be heard:
Member 1,Major and above, our NCOs have BRAIN WASHED and instructed the boys to turn their guns on whoever gives the order to shoot innocent civilians within squads when the time comes. Instruction ” vagoleya ga vei koya e solia mai na ota… kua tale ni qai raica na yaloka ni matana se na tabana, tabaka ga.. na gasau e na qai cakacaka taki koya” To the Methodist Church you are the only hope for the future generations, we have had enough EVIL in our MIDST.
Dictators will never honour their word.An example that they teach at Military College” O HITLER kei STALIN they signed a non-aggression pact(contract) before the beginning of WORLD WAR II. A few moons later 21,000,000 Soviets perished and 9 ,000,000 Germans perished.” These are dictators , they don’t honour their words and they don’t care about other people and BLOOD on their hands.
DIALOGUE WILL NEVER WORK.Sa gauna me cakacaka taki na noda vabauta qo me vakataki NOA.Sa gauna tu ni WALUVU ni CAKACAKA BUTBUTO tu i NODA VITI.Its time to live our FAITH. O kemami na sotia ga vatamata, oi kemuni na sotia ni noda Kalou qaqa.
SA NODA GAUNA NA TAMATA YALODODONU. Me da ia ga vei JIOVA na vavinavinaka.Sa nona gauna qo. Member 2,major and above, we would like to apologise to Mr Ballu Khan,Baleidrodroka, Siva,and everyone else that were falsely alleged to assainate IG and military personnel. As real military men and women of Fiji our heart goes out to your families for those dark moments.1. We will make things right that we were suppose to do in 2007, we weren’t brave enough to stop it. But we ARE READY NOW.2. After investigations to this sick concocted plot within the military, our apparatus have found out that it was basically TALL POPPY SYNDROME. The military plotters randomly picked successful individuals and people that pose a threat to the military.
And executed the LIE.Their reasoning are: a) A Litmus test for the loyalty of the troops. b) A Litmus test for the readiness of the military for such incidents. c) A Litmus test to the Public , if they were going to react positively or negatively. Especially when the Qaranivalu being accused as well. d) Was their going to be an uprising? e) And to observe the RIPPLE EFFECT. The plan failed miserably because the PUBLIC and the COURTS could see through the LIE.
To the wrongfully accused YOU ARE TRULY UNSUNG HEROS. We will make good on our undertaking in 1, (member 3 , in the Military Council),the biggest mistake the military did was neutralise the GCC, this cause of action was brought forward by the Muslim Clique and others(OPPORTUNISTS).Bainimarama is so shallow, this advise will actually weaken the Military and make the military extinct.Without the GCC the military is without a spine. No matter what Fijians will always follow our chiefs. THE RFMF IS 99% taukei.
A SOLDIER IS ONLY A SOLDIER IN THE CONFINES OF THE BARRACKS BUT WILL ALWAYS BE A TAUKEI WHEREVER HE GOES AND WHATEVER HE DOES.The boys keep telling us stories of ‘ keimami sa dau madua na lako i nakoro, se vei ira na wekai kemami, baleta sa dau duatani na nodra raici keimami mai na sotia.”or ” O cei o kemuni mo ni vosa vacavaca taka na Bose Levu Vakaturaga.” or” O cei o iko moni vesuki ira na i TALATALA na talai ni KALOU, o iko vaka o sega ni kai VITI mo susugi mai na LOTU. Se mo kila na nomui vola tabu.”A taukei is always a taukei, na vosa vaqo e dau lauti keimami na Sotia.IN SHORT NO GCC , NO RFMF.As the Bible states ” Chiefs are ORDAINED by GOD”Kena balebale na ka kece e kaya tiko o VOREQE & CO is from the devil.Me da yavala na tamata lotu vakarisito.Ni da dei na i taukei o ya me dei tiko na 3 legged stool (LOTU,VANUA,MATANITU).E ra na qai rawa ni qaravi vinaka yani na vo ni kawa tamata.Ia me liu tikoga na LOTU.Posted by rawfijinews
Regional law association says upto lawyers if they want Fiji appointmentsMay 25, 2009
The regional law association, LAWASIA says its up to the conscience of lawyers to decide whether they take up appointments under the interim government in Fiji.Fiji’s Chief Justice Anthony Gates who was one of four judges reappointed to the high court on Friday says lawyers are needed to help restored the country and its institutions to normality.Dr Gordon Hughes, a former president of LAWASIA who visited Fiji on an observer mission two years ago says the statement highlights the dilemma facing lawyers. Dr Hughes says societies can’t function without judges but lawyers are concerned that by accepting judicial appointments they are legitimising the military-led regime in Fiji. He says LAWASIA has left that decision up to individual lawyers. “The position of LAWASIA and also the Law Council of Australia has been a little bit different. They essentially leave it to the individual as a matter of conscience but they encourage the individual before they accept an appointment to give considerations to both sides of the argument.”
Dr Gordon Hughes, a former president of LAWASIA.News Content © Radio New Zealand InternationalPO Box 123, Wellington, New ZealandPosted by rawfijinews
Hi from New ZealandMay 25, 2009Bula!I found your blog through a link from the pacific media centre in Auckland, New Zealand. I’ve been watching what’s going on in Fiji with a lot of interest over the last few months, trying to work out what the right thing to do is for our family, which has long had a winter holiday on the cards.What I want to know, and haven’t been able to find out through the media as they’re generally (I guess!) trying to look at the bigger picture, is what do the REAL PEOPLE OF FIJI think. For a country whose mainstay is tourism, in times such as these is it better for tourists to keep coming or does that inadvertently support the illegal regime? Or is it better to come because at least that’s bread and butter on the table for the many families that depend on tourism income? You are probably inundated with people contacting you at the moment. If you have a spare minute some time I’d really appreciate your view. Fiji looks like a beautiful country with beautiful people. We’re keen to come as planned but want to be sure our actions aren’t in any way supporting a nut-case regime. All the best, keep up the blogging, thank goodness for the internet.…………………….RFN says – http://fijitoday.wordpress.com/ has the answer for you in one of their blog post titled ”WARNING TO ALL TOURISTS OR INVESTORS!”The constitution has gone.You have no basic Human Rights.Being critical of the Regime is grounds for arrest.New laws can be promulgated at any time at the whim of the President.Arbitrary arrests and detention are now normal.It is illegal to meet in groups of more than three people.Judges can only rule if the Regime agree and there is a backlog of several months.Trade Union officers are fired.The Law Society is now disbanded and lawyers will be reluctant to be involved in cases against the Regime as they can be deregistered.All senior appointments are Regime lackeys.The Regime is not recognised as legal so is not able to be sued in the future.The Regime is not recognised as legal and any agreements signd by them will be worthless unless agreed to by an elected Government.Another devaluation is just around the corner.Posted by rawfijinews
Law Society sounds alarm over Fiji judiciary moveMay 25, 2009The Fiji regime’s decision to take over issuing practising certificates for lawyers in Fiji is “very disturbing” and could undermine the rule of law there, says the New Zealand Law Society. The move was a very serious attack on the independence of the legal profession in Fiji, it said, as the Fiji government on Friday decreed that the Chief Registrar of the Court, a government employee, would take over issuing practising certificates from the Fiji Law Society. All existing certificates will expire by the end of June and lawyers will have to seek renewal from the registrar before then. Fiji government authorities raided the Fiji Law Society’s offices and removed files on Saturday night. Society president Dorsami Naidu told Radio New Zealand the new chief registrar, Ana Rokomokoti, and men in plain clothes demanded entry to the society’s Suva offices. They took confidential files relating to complaints against law society members, and the chief registrar told staff a decree had been issued effectively deregulating the society. The decree removed independence for lawyers, Mr Naidu said. The move follows the military regime’s move to reappoint judges last Friday, six weeks after firing them all. Those reinstated included two High Court justices who previously ruled that the military’s 2006 coup was legal.New Zealand Law Society president John Marshall QC said an independent legal profession was a vital element of the rule of law. “The legal profession represents individuals in claims against the State and defends them in criminal cases brought by the State. “Lawyers must be independent of State interference to be able to represent clients freely and fearlessly,” he said.In New Zealand, the Law Society issues practising certificates to lawyers and the Fiji Law Society had done the same for the last 12 years, Mr Marshall said. The New Zealand Law Society would watch the Fiji situation very closely and would be extremely concerned if there was any suggestion that lawyers who opposed the regime, or who act for clients who bring cases against it, were being refused practising certificates, he said. It was also concerning wide ranging changes regulation of Fiji’s legal profession had been made without consultation but simply the issuing of the decree.
Auckland queen’s counsel Peter Williams said the raid showed the regime wanted complete control, which was “not unusual for dictatorships”. Mr Williams said the government “did not want the independence of a law”. “They don’t want their activities to be reviewed, or to be in any way questioned,” he said. Fiji’s interim attorney general Aiyaz Sayed-Khayum said reforms to the society would improve transparency. Law societies in Fiji, Australia and New Zealand have urged lawyers in the three countries not to take up judicial postings to serve the regime.Australian and New Zealand citizens often serve as judges in Fiji, which lacks enough homegrown senior lawyers.- NZPAhttp://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10574499Posted by rawfijinews
Fiji regime will struggle to convince that legal fraternity still independent : Asia law bodyMay 25, 2009
spokesperson for the regional law association, LAWASIA says the interim government in Fiji will find it difficult to convince people that it won’t interfere with the licensing of lawyers. A decree has been issued stripping the Fiji Law Society of its power to issuing practicing certificates, following a raid on its offices. Dr Gordon Hughes, a past president of LAWASIA who visited Fiji on an observer mission two years ago, says this is not radical as government-appointed bodies are responsible for this in some other countries including Australia. But he says past interference with the legal system in Fiji leads people to doubt whether the new issuing body, the Chief Registrar will be completely independent. “Now that concern may or may not be well founded but its understandable that some people will form the view that the government will simply direct the relevant authority to remove the practicing certificate of someone who for political reasons they don’t approve of.” A spokesperson for LAWASIA, Dr Gordon HughesPosted by rawfijinews
Victor Lal to Anthony Gates : “You have sold your judicial soul to Hitler’s devil in Fiji”May 25, 2009Permit me (although you don’t deserve such a request for permission) to remind you of the essential case for the Rule of Law, as I understand it, by quoting a voice from a now vanished civilisation, but one which has bequeathed to mankind an intellectual and spiritual legacy that is immortal. For, inherent in the accents of that voice, is a dread warning of the consequences of disregard of the Rule of Law: “The Rule of Law”, wrote Aristotle, “is preferable to that of any individual…He who bids the law rule may be deemed to bid God and reason alone rule, but he who bids a man rule adds an element of the beast: for desire is as a wild beast, and passion perverts the minds of rulers, even when they are the best of men. The law is reason unaffected by desire.”
The abrogation of the rule of law means despotism…No point is better established in political science than the proposition that civil liberty depends on the rule of law, and the abrogation of the rule of law would mean the end of civil liberty as we have know it. In your acceptance speech you claimed that it would be a mistake to let the judiciary decay; that you and others had made a mistake previously in refusing to budge after the second coup of 1987. “All of us were dismissed. Though we felt we held the moral high ground, the ordinary people of Fiji were left abandoned. It took the continuing Chief Justice Sir Timoci Tuivaga many years to restore the numbers and many years more to catch up on backlogs and resources. The departure of the judges then can only be described as disastrous. We would have done better to have continued to serve and to play a crucial role in curbing excesses and in bringing the country and its institutions back to normality.”
You said by staying on this time and with more people coming on board to serve, “from such efforts will emerge a truly independent judiciary and in time a closer approximation to the rule of law than we have had in 20 years or more”. You are wrong, Tony! In previous coups, the judges were dismissed because they refused to give into the coupists. You and your treasonists fellow judges now back on the Bench quietly disappeared, only waiting to be called back – whether you conspired in the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution and in the suspension of the judiciary following the Fiji High Court ruling against your judgment, only time and “spies” inside the judiciary, will tell us.
King James 11, so the British House of Commons resolved on 28 January 1689, had been guilty of two main offences before he “withdrew himself out of the kingdom” and “abdicated the government”. One was “having endeavoured to subvert the constitution of the kingdom, by breaking the original contract between king and people”; the second was “by the advice of Jesuits and other wicked persons, having violated the fundamental laws”. The King was not alone. In 1681, Lord Chief Justice Scroggs was impeached, and the charge against him ran, that he had “traitorously and wickedly endeavoured to subvert the fundamental laws and the established religion and government of this kingdom: and instead therefore to introduce popery and an arbitrary and tyrannical government against the law”. Even Oliver Cromwell, whom you had evoked in your judgment in Qarase v Bainimarama was, though a tyrant and usurper, a constitutionalist at heart. You, on the other hand, so it seems to me, are no longer a constitutionalist or a respecter of law; for how else could you have acquiesced in ignoring the Fiji Court of Appeal ruling which went against you. What a great pity that you have forgotten the immortal lines from the Magna Carta, Clause 40: “To no one will we sell, to no one will we deny or delay right or justice. In the end you sold your judicial soul to the Hitler’s Devil in Fiji – yes, to Adolf Sayed Khaiyum and his master Frankstein Bhainimarama.Posted by rawfijinews
Nazhat Shameem to illegal oath taker Adolf Sayed KhaiyumMay 25, 2009I am considering your offer to return to the Fiji High Court. Before I throw my judicial HAT, I am wondering how I will justify my role as partner in crime for taking illegal judicial oath with other treasonists. Have you seen my ruling in State v Seniloli – Judgment [2004] FJHC 534; HAC0028.2003S (5 August 2004). Here I am directing to you my words regarding Ratu Rakuita Vakalalabure, whom I jailed for six years (you know I was once his boss in the DPP’s office) and later the Fiji Law Society barred him from practising as a lawyer. Read what I told the presiding jury:“The 2nd accused does not deny taking the engagement in the nature of the oath, but he says firstly, that the oath was not a serious one and therefore he had no intention of taking the post of Attorney-General in the Speight Government, and secondly that he was compelled to take the oath.
How serious the oath-taking ceremony was is a matter of fact for you. You have seen the video footage of the ceremony, and have read the written oaths. You will also have noted that in his caution statement the 2nd accused said nothing about the ceremony being a pantomime or a show for the cameras. Nor did he say he was forced or compelled to take the oath. You have heard his unsworn statement. It is for you to decide whether the 2nd accused took the engagement of Attorney-General in the nature of an oath, or whether he was only pretending to do so for the cameras. You may also consider the 2nd accused’s speech on the 19th of May, when he sat beside Speight and said that he was pleased with the change in government and asked everyone to co-operate with him as Minister for Home Affairs to bring stability in the nation. Mr. Singh suggested to you that he must have made this speech under compulsion by George Speight, but of course the 2nd accused did not mention this in his sworn statement. He also raises the defence of compulsion.
The questions for you are:1) Was there a threat, or threats of grievous bodily harm, or death, made to him by any of the people involved in the takeover at the time of the taking of the oath?2) Was the 2nd accused in fact compelled to take the oath as a result of these threats?3) Would a reasonable person in the 2nd accused’s shoes have succumbed to the pressure?4) Did he have any opportunity to avoid the situation or escape?
In considering these questions you are entitled to take into account the arms in Parliament, the demeanour of the 2nd accused as you saw it on video, the contents of his caution interview, and his unsworn statement in Court. You may also take into account the evidence of several Parliamentarians such as Mr. Leo Smith, Mr. Tuisowaqa and Ratu Cokanauto who managed to avoid taking part in the ceremony either by outright refusal or by deception. Could the 2nd accused have done the same? Could he have left the Complex pretending that he would return? If you consider that he had an opportunity or opportunities to remove himself from Parliament thus avoiding the swearing-in, then the defence of duress is not available to him. It is for the 2nd accused to prove to you that it is more likely than not that he was compelled to take the oath. In relation to the words “purporting to bind him to commit treason” I must direct you again that the formation of an illegal government to replace a lawfully elected one, held by force in custody is treason. So that if the oath the 2nd accused swore appears or purports to bind him to act as Attorney-General to illegally replace the lawful Attorney-General in the government held by arms in custody, then the oath would appear to bind the accused to commit treason, whether or not he intended to commit treason. These are matters for you.”Posted by rawfijinews
The three blind mice wanna blind Fijians ….. again!May 25, 2009Anthony Gates, Devendra Pathik and John Byrnes are Fiji’s three blind mice who wanted to blind every Fiji citizen with their thwarted high court judgment over-ruled by Fiji’s Appeals Court in favor of the democratically appointed SDL government and its leader Qarase. Now that all three are back under the illegal new order, it kinda just confirms what everyone suspected all along – that they colluded on a pre-determined high court ruling on that Qarase vs Frank & Co’s case. The character of a man is on full display during times of conflict; a time when the real you is on stage, fully exposed for everyone to see. That show time is all but over for Gates, Pathik and Brynes. They have clearly revealed who they really are by swearing oath and giving their full allegiance to an illegal order – one that has trashed and torn into bits the very essence of what these men espouse to be – guardians of the 1997 constitution and Fiji’s supreme law. But slowly and unashamedly, they have made the choice to do away with the moral of their professional life and in its place, to remain loyal and to uphold a coupmaker and a lawbreaker’s new order.
Will they be successful in blinding the Fijians?We don’t think so!We think Fiji is on the last segment of the show now with the wigged big kahunas giving away their allegiance to Frank & Co. before the fat lady sings!Who and when is the fat lady gonna sing?We won’t tell!Let Frank & Co. keep guessing.Posted by rawfijinews
The meaning of treason as pontified by rotten minded Anthony GatesMay 25, 2009In my summing up in the case of The State v Villiame Savu (Cr Action HAC010.02S, Fiji High Court, 11 December 2002), I said the following: “It is now my duty to sum up the case to you. We have differing roles in this trial. I have to direct you on the law and you must accept these directions. You are to decide on the facts…misprision of treason “The Accused is charged in the information with one charge or count, and that is misprision of treason, which is an offence in our Penal Code. The first element that the prosecution must prove to you beyond reasonable doubt is “that George Speight and others intended to commit treason”. You must be satisfied that they intended to overthrow the established Government unlawfully and by force. “Treason in this sense could include forcible resistance to the authority of the government of the day in some public or general respect. Persons would be guilty of such an offence if by an armed force, however small, they sought to usurp the government in matters of a public or general nature.“To plan to takeover Parliament by force and to throw out the Prime Minister and cabinet of the day would clearly be treasonous intents. Even if you felt the intention was merely by force to prevent the government from the free exercise of its lawful powers, such intent would be treasonous. Meeting to plan to overthrow is by itself a sufficient instance of treason, a sufficient overt act, to constitute treason.
“You are not concerned (the jury) with motive here, or politics, or “the cause”. You are here to give your opinion, bearing in mind my directions on the law, on whether the law has been broken and on whether the Accused has committed the offence of misprision of treason.”Posted by rawfijinews
Letting the law down – John Byrnes return to the benchMay 25, 2009By VICTOR LAL
Justice John Brynes’ return to his previous judicial post raises the disturbing question whether the recently appointed judges had secretly conspired with their illegal appointing Nazi officer Adolf Sayed Khaiyum in the abrogation of the constitution and the suspension of the judiciary.In other words, was their suspension or purported dismissal a mere charade, a tactic to ignore the Fiji Court of Appeal ruling which went in favour of the deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.
So far, we have seen the return of Gates, Pathik and Goundar. Will Nazhat Shameem, Thomas Hickie and Joceylne Scutt be making their ghostly appearances and join their treasonous judicial colleagues, and in the process “letting the law down”. The re-appointment of Gates, Pathik, Goundar and Bryne, or their treasonous acceptance of the judicial posts, raise some very disturbing questions for the meaning and place of law in the country. How will they react if their future rulings are ignored by those appearing before them – what right do these treasonous judges have to enforce their judgments when they themselves have ignored the ruling of the superior court – the Fiji Court of Appeal which overturned the judgment of Gates, Pathik and Brynes in Qararse versus Bainimarama?
Where will these judges get their precedent cases from now onwards to make legal rulings – for how can they ignore rulings of the higher court and yet sit down to hear cases in their own courts. What guarantee will be there that these bunch of treasonous judges will not become a law unto themselves – what is the purpose of having higher courts like the Fiji Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, if the very judges (Gates, Pathik and Bryne of the Fiji Court of Appeal) not accept the overturning of their own judgment against Bainimarama. It is most puerile and sickening to hear Gates justifying his re-appointment. Yes, it is one thing for the Nazi judicial officer Khaiyum to abrogate the Constitution and to suspend the judiciary, it is quite another for the judges to return to the Bench at the whim and order of Adolf Sayed Khaiyum, to be purveyors of treason.
The rule of law and the respect for the judiciary will NEVER be the same in Fiji, and IT SHOULD Never BE! Who would want to hear or come near the treasonous judicial lepers – the rapists of the 1997 Constitution and the judicial order in the country. The rule of law is now dead and buried. Forget about getting legal justice from these illegal justices in the future – they are nothing but a shame and lackeys of unconstitutionality in Fiji. It is time a brave and patriotic military officer stepped forward and ended the nightmare and abyss Fiji is facing – he will be lorded as a patriot for taking out the treasonists.Posted by rawfijinews
Reply to reporters without bordersMay 25, 2009Hi,My name is Clothilde Le coz and I am the head of the Internet freedom desk fro Reporters Without Borders, an NGO defending press freedom and free speech.I read that 3 lawyers have been arrested during the week end, possibly because they read or contribute to your blog Raw Fiji News.Do you confirm Richard Naidu, Jon Apted and tevita Fa are 3 contributors to the Raw Fiji News ? Do you have any idea how to contact them ?All the best and thank you for your help, ClothildeRFN says – The green goons intelligentsia might wanna answer this! Pssssst….. Leweni, you there? Have you found out who we are yet?…… Yes?…….No?….. Keep guessing bro and keep checking where the sun don’t shine!Posted by rawfijinews
How Adolf Sayed Khaiyum is manipulating Frank Bainimarama to win the big prizeMay 25, 2009You don’t need to be a genius to understand that our dictator, the ill-educated and psychologically challenged Frank Bainimarama, cannot think strategically. A heavy drinker, braggart and delusional misfit, who is subject to sudden paranoia-driven mood changes, Frank is more boy than man. In truth, he’s not fit to run a market stall let alone an entire country. But his fear of justice in regard to his role in the 2000 coup made him so desperate that he pulled the December 2006 coup. This is where so-called caretaker attorney-general, Adolf Sayed-Khaiyum, comes in. But unlike Frank, he has a full education and has been expertly trained to think and plan strategically. Moreover, he knows the dictator’s shortcomings only too well. And we can now see only too clearly how he is cynically and consistently playing on the dictator’s frailties for his own ends.
Adolf is an Australian-qualified lawyer with additional credentials from the University of Hong Kong. He’s a well educated man. He’s far better educated than the idiot dictator, and he knows it. After two years of hard work, Adolf has finally become the dictator’s “eminence grise”, which translates as the power behind the throne. It was Adolf who convinced the dictator to abrogate the Constitution and it was Adolf who is now masterminding the setting up of our new, bogus judiciary, including the systematic dismantling of the last vestiges of our remaining legal checks and balances, namely the Fiji Law Society. A grateful dictator, who is on record as having revealed to fellow Pacific leaders that he has no knowledge whatsoever of the specific provisions of our Constitution, has given Adolf carte blanche. That’s because the strategic moves by Adolf make Frank feel good. Deep down in his dim brain Frank understands that Adolf can put a lot of distance between him and the sure justice that awaits him. But Frank is living in a fool’s paradise. He doesn’t understand that Adolf, the highly trained lawyer, has an agenda of his own, and that agenda does not include Frank. Rather, it’s all about Adolf. He is out to replace Frank, and in a nation with no Constitution and a compliant judiciary to boot, it will be a cake walk for the ambitious and strategically-thinking lawyer. With all legal levers of power at his fingertips, Adolf Sayed-Khaiyum is poised for his next major move, which will be to make Frank history and himself dictator.Just wait and see! fijidemocracynow2009Posted by rawfijinewsFiji teaching institutions lose volunteers as pension reforms biteMay 25, 2009
One of Fiji’s teachers training institutions says the interim government’s removal of nearly 1,000 teachers from schools around the country is affecting both graduates and student teachers. The regime implemented the policy at the end of April, forcing public servants to retire at 55 instead of 60 in an effort to reduce the numbers of civil servants by ten percent. The Deputy Principal of the teachers training institution Fulton College, Losena Oli, says some of the graduates who had been teaching as volunteers at local mission schools have been recruited by the Government. “The Mission should seriously look into this because right now in Fiji with the devaluation and all that, life is not easy. And they should be paid accordingly rather than giving them just a sort of allowance and all that. It’s a good amount of money they get off in the government schools.” Losena Oli says she hopes the mission schools will begin paying staff in order to make up for the shortfall in teachers.News Content © Radio New Zealand InternationalPosted by rawfijinews
Fiji Law Society says an attack on it by the junta is twisting the truthMay 25, 2009The President of the Fiji Law Society says the country’s Attorney General is twisting the truth by suggesting the country’s lawyers are not properly scrutinised. Following a raid on the society offices on Saturday, a decree is to be issued stating licenses for lawyers will now be up to the military Government and new legal professional standards are to be introduced. The law society’s president, Dorsami Naidu, says the Attorney general is wrong to suggest complaints are not investigated fairly. “I think he is trying to twist it around. If there is a complaint against any of us I dont, or the law Society, does not look at it. We have senior members of the Bar going to the initial stages of the complaint. I don’t, or the Law Society does not look at it. We have senior members of the Bar going through the initial stages of the complaint. We don’t, you know, people personally involved don’t look at it.” Dorsami Naidu says the stripping of the law society’s powers is because it has not followed the orders of Fiji’s military regime.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Fiji: Salient Magazine takes keen interest as Nina Fowlers outlines in her article @ Victoria University in Wellington.

Fiji: Good Intentions Gone Sour

The student magazine of Victoria University, Wellington

by Nina Fowler, May 2009
It all began with the best of intentions. Back in the colonial era, Governor Sir Arthur Gordon and statesman-chief Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna wanted to protect the indigenous Fijian way of life. Legislation was passed so indigenous Fijians were allowed to lease their land but not sell it, and Indian laborers were brought in to work for the colonialists so indigenous Fijians wouldn’t have to.
Gordon and Ratu Sukuna’s efforts had some unforeseen consequences. While 85% of the total land area of the Fijian islands remained native land, Indo-Fijians quickly became dominant within the Fijian economy. By the time independence rolled around in 1970, indigenous Fijians were seriously worried about Indo-Fijian political dominance, and voting under the new Constitution was split down ethnic lines to prevent the Indo-Fijian majority from getting too much power.
In 1987, an Indo-Fijian majority coalition was elected into government for the first time. Spurred by indigenous Fijian anxiety, Lieutenant Colonel Sitiveni Rabuka staged two successive military coups, revoked the Constitution and declared Fiji a Republic. A new Constitution was passed in 1990 to guarantee an indigenous Fijian Prime Minister and parliamentary majority.
After five years of military rule, Rabuka was elected as Prime Minister. He formed a Constitutional Review Commission with the help of New Zealand Governor-General Sir Paul Reeves, and passed a new Constitution in 1997.
In 1999, Mahendra Chaudhry defeated wrongsRabuka and became the first elected Indo-Fijian Prime Minister. He lasted just one year before a civilian coup led by George Speight took him hostage and abolished the Constitution.
Enter Commodore Frank Bainimarama. As commander of the Fijian military, Bainimarama negotiated Chaudhry’s release and then arrested Speight and his followers on charges of treason. Bainimarama assumed executive power and appointed Laisenia Qarase, the leader of the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) Party, as interim Prime Minister. The Fijian High Court restored the Constitution, Qarase became the elected Prime Minister, and the island nation enjoyed a few years of relative political calm.
Bainimarama’s 2006 coup d’état against the Qarase government was not unexpected. Qarase had provoked Bainimarama by passing affirmative action legislation to extend indigenous Fijian property rights and, worst of all, a Reconciliation and Unity Bill offering amnesty to the rebels who had hunted Bainimarama during the coup in 2000. After a series of ultimatums, the military took over Government House on 5 December. President Ratu Josefa Iloilo was forced to dissolve Parliament and Bainimarama was appointed interim Prime Minister.
2009 Constitutional Crisis
Qarase, with support from the Great Council of Chiefs and Methodist Church, eventually applied for a legal ruling on the 2006 coup d’etat. In 9 April 2009, the Fijian Court of Appeal ruled Commodore Frank Bainimarama’s 2006 coup d’etat illegal and his interim government ‘invalid’.
Bainimarama’s response was immediate. On 10 April, President Ratu Josefa Iloilo sacked the judiciary, overturned the 1997 Constitution, declared himself head of state and said elections would not be held until 2014. He then reappointed Bainimarama as Prime Minister, who in turn reappointed all Cabinet ministers to their previous positions.
The interim government then placed Fiji under a 30-day Public Emergency Regulation (PER), allowing the police to “control the movement of people” and to stop any broadcast or publication deemed to “cause disorder, promote disaffection or public alarm or undermine the government or state of Fiji”. The PER has recently been extended for another five weeks.
No Wow Now
The history of Fiji reads colonisation, constitution #1, coup, coup, constitution #2, constitution #3, coup, coup and now, predictably, constitutional crisis. The current situation is the latest symptom in an endemic outbreak of political instability.
Victoria University Masters student Keiran Barbalich recently completed his masters thesis on Fijian politics. He says Bainimarama’s government was never legitimate and it was only a matter of time before a constitutional crisis occurred.
“The 2006 coup happened and the president was so incapacitated that they made him legitimise the coup. Now I don’t care what kind of lawyer you are, it’s pretty obvious the coup was not legal. Eventually the judiciary was going to go ‘we’ll rule against the government’ and all the Bainimarama government did then was reassert itself.
“All the hysteria from the New Zealand media completely misses the point. The point is that the judiciary ruled against Bainimarama and said he didn’t legally exist. If you’re a dictator with that much power, what’re you going to do? Of course you’re going to overthrow them, and of course the judiciary was going to rule against him. What’s most surprising is that it took the judiciary the best part of two and a half years to do it.”
Pacific Bad Boy
Recent developments have swept the mainstream media into a righteous frenzy, much to the frustration of alternative commentators. Professor Crosbie Walsh AKA ‘CrozWalsh’, a former senior academic at the University of the South Pacific, expressed his disgust at TV ONE ‘gutter journalism’ in a blog post on 27 April.
“It started with the sensational News Headlines: ‘Talk of Uprising in Fiji’—surely of extreme importance but unmentioned in the story! When the item started journalist Lisa Owen, freshly arrived from New Zealand, interviewed a Fijian female silhouette who spoke tearfully of the President’s ‘treason’…
“This commentary was filmed against a backdrop of crowded buses, a squatter settlement, and a street beggar contrasted with Commodore Bainimarama, resplendent in his white naval uniform. No text was needed; the film told all. “How could any decent New Zealander do anything other than condemn the evil Bainimarama and what he’s doing to Fiji!”
The international solution to the Fiji constitutional crisis goes something like ‘box those bad boys into a corner until they make good’. Australia and New Zealand have called for an immediate return to democracy and, after Bainimarama failed to hold elections by May, the Pacific Forum suspended Fiji’s membership based on the regime’s “total disregard for basic human rights, democracy and freedom.”
Say what? Defining democracy is a slippery task. As Victoria University senior Politics lecturer Xavier Marquez points out, “if a certain country does not have the exact same set of institutions as New Zealand, it doesn’t necessarily mean the country is undemocratic.
“The question is whether the previous regime was any better, especially if you take into account the intentions of the current ruler.”
Ask Aiyaz
Salient was unable to secure an interview with Commodore Bainimarama, as he is currently visiting an undisclosed location in Indonesia. Luckily, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum called up Newstalk ZB talkback host Leighton Smith last Monday to answer just the question we wanted to ask:
Leighton Smimith: “What is the intent of the Bainimarama regime?”
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum: “Under the 1997 Constitution we had an electoral system where people were categorised along ethnic lines. A citizen of Fiji had two votes, one for their specific ethnic group and one for the open seats. You can’t run a modern nation state based on ethnicity or communal voting. You end up with parties and politicians who are only geared towards serving specific ethnic groups, and even within the communal voting you end up with distortion.
“We want to have good and strong institutions of democracy and accountability, not just by way of lip service. Democracy is not only achieved through having elections. Let’s get the system right.”
Leighton Smith: “Now I’ll ask you a question that you might find offensive… could it be that Fiji is simply not sophisticated enough for the pure sort of democracy you’re pursuing?”
Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum: “If you talk to a hundred different people, they’ll give you a hundred different definitions of democracy. Our version of democracy is that everybody in Fiji is treated equally as a common citizenry irrespective of your ethnic or religious background, and that we have a system whereby the ordinary men and women of this country can access information, justice, and basic amenities like water, roads, electricity, education, and heath facilities… where you are able to express your views through people who represent you in a system that is fair and equitable.”
While dodging Smith’s racist insinuations, Sayed-Khaiyum let rip with one of the most flawless definitions of democracy ever to waltz out the mouth of a Pacific politician. Not only that, but the People’s Charter For Change, Peace and Progress (2008) seems to be a solid plan for how the regime is going to get there.
Barbalich agrees. “The Charter reads very well, it is a very nice document. If it was drafted by an elected government then the West would be praising it, but it’s not. Everyone has conceded, even Qarase agrees that what Bainimarama wants to do to the electoral system is correct. The question is how they’re going to do it.”
The People’s Charter: Constitution #4?
Electoral reform is a key part of the People’s Charter. According to Pacific Studies programme director and senior lecturer Teresia Teaiwa, Fiji’s complex alternative voting system and ethnically-based electorate system has contributed to Fiji’s ‘coup culture’.
“It tended to create landslide victories for ethnically-based parties, so in 1999 you got the landslide victory for Chaudhry’s Labour Party and in 2001, Qarase’s SDL Party got the landslide victory. Both parties were supposed to orchestrate ‘governments of national unity’ by inviting minority or opposition parties to share power… but that provision in the constitution was much too idealistic.”
Teaiwa thinks electoral reform may not be enough to realise Bainimarama and Saiyed-Khaiyum’s dream of a common Fijian citizenship.
“It can be achieved structurally, as in reform of the electoral system… which will take one to two years. It is being achieved now, culturally in the promotion of multiculturalism through popular media and art forms, but whether it will be achieved in the hearts of Fiji’s staunch communalists, we can’t know.”
Donasiano Ruru left Fiji three years ago to pursue his Development Studies PhD in Wellington. He says consultation with the Fijian people is essential before a new constitution can be adopted.
“A constitution is a dynamic legal document and it needs to be reviewed through dialogue. It’s not about voting. It’s about educational awareness before integrating the People’s Charter into the new constitution. The people need to understand it so at the end they can claim ownership.”
Ruru says the leadership role played by the Great Council of Chiefs and Methodist Church also needs to be taken into account.
“Frank’s coup is different from the other coups because he does not have the support of the Great Council of Chiefs and the Methodist Church. Rabuka got the support of the chiefs for his coup in 1987, whereas Frank completely disregarded them and even destabilised the Great Council.
“We have to get the chiefs and the Church in dialogue. It’s not something you impose; you have to bring them on side. It’s only when these people become part of the review that we can be assured of political stability. Right now is a dangerous situation because they just don’t seem to be working together.”
Human Rights and Media Fights
An Amnesty International press release on 20 February says the human rights situation in Fiji is “deteriorating by the day”. Pacific Researcher Apolosi Bose says the public emergency regulations are creating a culture of “extreme fear and intimidation.”
“There has been a major chilling effect on a once-robust NGO and human rights defender community. In the absence of a free press to hold the military to account for their actions and a judiciary to provide a balance of power, the work of these human rights organisations is crucial. But they are being crippled by repression. With no one to stand up on behalf of the abused and the vulnerable, there is a real risk of further grave human rights abuses occurring against civilians.”The Age reported a “spate of attacks” on the homes and cars of pro-democracy Fijians on 7 April, and a group of soldiers convicted of killing teenager Sakiusa Rabaka in 2007 have just been released on “compulsory surveillance orders” but, outside of Fiji, it is simply not clear how much “further grave human rights abuse” has occurred since the April crisis.
Teresia Teaiwa argues that the media need to take some responsibility for censorship. “To be honest, I think there is as much a problem with sensationalist and profit-driven media irresponsibility and structural economic problems within the media industry as with government encroachments on the freedom of the media.
“I’m all for media freedom, but I ob- ject to rabid media baiting of governments, whatever political stripe they may be.”
Island Nation Isolation
Assuming Bainimarama and Saiyed-Khaiyum are genuine in their desire for ‘true’ democracy, it will still be another five years before a new Constitution and electoral system are put in place. Given the additional pressure placed on Bainimarama by Fiji’s growing poverty rate and escalating ‘brain drain’ migration of skilled workers, it may be only a matter of time before his good intentions go sour and the human rights situation gets really nasty.
The antagonistic attitudes of New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Forum have shut down all traditional avenues of international support. As pointed out by ‘CrozWalsh’, “in displays quite uncharacteristic of good diplomacy, we have bailed ourselves and Bainimarama into a corner, leaving neither a way to escape with dignity intact.”
The international community needs to get smart, get humble and be more sensitive to Fiji’s current political needs. Until then, the people of Fiji will have to continue navigating these dangerous times alone.

10 Comments
Kerry
11 May, 2009 at 6:59 pm
Actually, quite a lot of Fijian-born citizens are fighting their way to the Consulates and getting visas to enter Australia or NZ, as we sit ruminating on this topic.
They are voting with their feet, and leaving before Bainimarama puts all his years of tactical training with the NZDF into practice gunning down citizens who he doesn’t like the look of.
Other Pacific Nations have entreated Bainimarama to negotiate, but his absence from the Pacific Forum, and other gatherings recently, has been a message to diplomats throughout the region that he will not be ‘negotiated’ with, he will only dictate the terms of his own coup.
That his administration has been called illegal does not bother him, as the sacking of the Judiciary and the suspension of the Constitution in April, enacting martial law, has shown.
Ian Anderson
12 May, 2009 at 1:08 am
“Actually, quite a lot of Fijian-born citizens are fighting their way to the Consulates and getting visas to enter Australia or NZ, as we sit ruminating on this topic.”
Long before the current flare-up we suspended Fiji from our Pacific work-visa agreement. Those agreements are pretty exploitative anyway, but suspending the agreement screws a lot of Fijian citizens. We’ve consistently isolated Fiji since this coup, unlike in the previous Fijian coups. Basically we’re trying to cover our collective ass and maintain an elite to trade with.
Bainimarama’s not shaping out to be a paragon of democracy, but our role in the situation is not pretty. We should take some responsibility rather than painting him as a cartoon villain and making wildly disproportionate claims about “the Burma of the South Pacific.”
Tania
12 May, 2009 at 1:36 pm
Excellent stuff Nina. I am compelled to reassess my predjudices

Lets Show Support for the Fiji Lawyers & The Fiji Law Society

Read details of discussion between ABC's Campbell Cooney & One of Fiji's Famous & seasoned Lawyer, Richard Naidu.

For those that do not know Richard, His mum is a Kiwi (Pakeha) & his Dad is an Indo Fijian from Fiji.

Richard has experienced 'Army & Police' rough handling during Rabuka's coup in 1987 and just recently got taken up to the Military camp for further interrogations last week as reliable 'coconut wireless' tells us.

Its only fair that we stand by these Fiji Lawyers and tell their stories of how they have been (mis) treated in their homeland Fiji.

Shame on Bainimarama & his Military Regime for the actions they are doing.
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From ABC Australia Broadcasting Commission

Presenter: Campbell Cooney, Pacific correspondent
Speaker: Dorsami Naidu, President of the Fiji Law Society

Listen: Windows Media
NAIDU: The Law Society has been deregulated in the sense that all lawyers do not have to join the Law Society. It's made voluntary now. And the other one is that we are no longer the authority who issues practising certificates to lawyers. It is now issued by the chief registrar.

COONEY: Where did you get your information about this from?

NAIDU: Oh, this I got from a fellow lawyers that had a copy of the decree.

COONEY: When did this happen?

NAIDU: We are told that this decree came into force on the 22nd, but we only came to know of it on Saturday the 23rd, when the chief registrar in the company of a dozen or so people went up to the Law Society secretary and demanded that she hand over files which contained complaints against lawyers.

COONEY: They confiscated them? Did they have a search warrant, did they have a warrant to remove these papers?

NAIDU: No, they didn't have anything and I talked to the chief registrar. I said look, there is still, that may be the law. It's like somebody has killed somebody, that person should be put into jail for life straight away, but there is a procedure to be followed. And I told her we don't have a search warrant and also we don't have a copy of the decree and let's leave it to Monday since it was about 5 o'clock or just after 5 pm on Saturday. She said 'I am not interested in listening and this is the decree and I have got authority and if she does not hand over the key I will be arrest her and take it from there'. So I didn't want to put the secretary in a position of jeopardy, so I asked her that is the case, send the keys, but do not assist them in getting the files or locating it, so they basically went into the law offices - society offices by force - and took away the file.

COONEY: What does this mean for the status of Fiji's lawyers and legal practitioners, barristers and the like as we speak?

NAIDU: At the moment, I am also told that our practising certificates which are supposed to last us till January or the end of this year will now expire on the 30th of June and we are required to apply for new by the 15th of this month.

COONEY: Have you inquired beforehand, that something like this might happen?

NAIDU: Yes, we did, we did and we were told that it's definitely on the cards because we had also made certain statements that the attorney general, had because of his actions been part of the coup since December 2006, had committed an offence and we were also had complaints against him which we were going to look into and I think this is the thing that if the complaint mechanism which exists within the Law Society because it has been a slow process to justify their having control of the Law Society.

COONEY: There's statements this week that the reappointment of the chief justice and some judges to Fiji's High Court last week means that the courts will get back into action this coming week. How is this going to affect that?

NAIDU: Well, at the moment, our practising certificates are still in place till the 15th of June I am told, so within that period, if lawyers decide to appear in the courts that should not affect them.

COONEY: Mr Naidu, do you have concerns that when you have to reapply for a licence, that there are many lawyers who may not get one or that the conditions will change drastically before being able to get a practising certificate?

NAIDU: Well, I can't answer that at this moment. It seems to be a distraction of the chief registrar, so if they do decide to place conditions, we will have to wait and see how the thing unfolds in the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Time to apply Zahman's "Litmus Tests" on Fiji in view of its weak or Failing status

Using the analogy of the 'Sinking Titanic', one cannot help but visualise that Fiji is well on its way under, unless the current regime strikes a lucrative deal with some big players who on the other hand will demand their 'pound of flesh' in due course. The thought alone sends chills down one 's spine.

In order to get a grip of whether Fiji is well on its way to 'Fail Zone', we will list here 5 pointers or basic roles States (in this instance Fiji) plays as Zahman highlights:

  1. It is the Decision making centre of government.

  2. It is the Symbol of Indentity.

  3. It is the Controller of territory & guarrantor of Security.

  4. It is an Authoritative & Legitimate Political Institution.

  5. It is a system of Socio-Economic Organisation, the target of citizen demands for providing supplies or services.

When we reflect on the given list of 5 points, we can almost strike out 2,4,5 with ??? 3 as one can argue that State (Fiji) is no longer performing its basic State functions. True, Fiji is under Military rule, however, Bainimarama & his regime wants to declare it still maintains its Sovereignity when in essence, the coup itself killed Sovereignity. This at least will be the people's responses if the regime is to be judged by its legitimacy & authority on the basis of their performance which upto now almost 02 years 5 months later has been filled with 'pipe-dreams'.

Ref: Images - http://pictures.funnyjunksite.com/pictures/funny-cartoon-pictures/page/7/

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Easier & Cheaper Way to Send Money to Families & Loved ones In the Pacific.

There are now cheaper ways to remit money to our families in the Islands as announced by the Ministry of Pacific Islands Affairs in Aotearoa recently. For ease of reference, click on the header to see more details. As we all know trying to send money to the islands via Western Union and the banks can add up to approx $30 NZD depending on exchange rates at the time of transaction. That can easily shift if you decide to excute the transaction half an hour later. The general response one will get from the teller, "oh the rates fluctuate quite rapidly & its beyond our control".

With this new system, we can at least send money to our families & not be ever so worried with the ever increasing cost of each transaction every time we remit funds to our families & loved ones.
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FIJI INFORMATION ON THIS SITE:

Ni sa bula

Over 800 coral and volcanic islands make up the Melanesian Pacific state of Fiji. The country's population is made up almost equally of indigenous Melanesian Fijians and Indo-Fijians. The bulk of the population live on Fiji's two largest islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.There are large widespread Fijian communities living in both Australia and New Zealand.Population: 931,741 (July 2008 est.) Capital city: Suva

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The website provides important information on the many choices migrants living in Australia and New Zealand have when sending money back to their families and friends in the South Pacific island nations.

When you want to send money back home the important things that you may need to know are:
How can I send my money?

If I send an amount in Australian dollars, how much will actually be received by my friends or family and in which currency?
What is the true cost to me to send this money?
What is the exchange rate?
What documents/information do I need to provide to send money?
What documents/information does the person I'm sending to need in order to collect the money
How long will it take for my money to arrive?
Will the person I'm sending to have to pay anything as well?
What protection is in place to make sure the money is received?
What do I do if things go wrong?
Where can the money be collected

This website contains the answers to most of these questions but if you need more information, please contact us and we will try to help you.
For further information, please click here or the Help & FAQs button at the top of the page.
Send Money Pacific features a Diaspora Communities section which contains community focused information relevant to each Pacific Island Diaspora group in both Australia and New Zealand. This provides a really useful social and information tool for visitors to the website.

Friday, May 15, 2009

School Choir from Lelean Memorial School (Fiji) captures the hearts of Fijians & Friends of Fiji in Aotearoa.

Fiji Community & Friends of Fiji in Wellington were able to witness & enjoy the beautiful harmony by these school children who sang their hearts out last night. We cried silent tears as we soaked in the sweetness of their voices knowing well that our beloved Homeland Fiji is in dire strait. For a moment just watching these school children singing their hearts, seem to 'tweek out' the memory of whats going on back in Fiji. We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment and it sure brought smiles & happiness to all those that were,
We were blessed and enriched by the singing & messages brought by these children. We live in hope that this visit to Aotearoa will have enriched these children & will motivate & challenge them to be better leaders of tomorrow in Fiji or wherever they decide to reside in.

At this point, as members of a Fiji Community group in Aotearoa, it is only fitting that we acknowledge the people of Aotearoa & those in Authorities for giving these School Children & their Teachers the priviledge & opportunity to visit these beautiful 'land of the long white clouds, called Aotearoa'

To you we say ' Vinaka Vakalevu', 'Tena Koto, Tena Koto, Tena Koto Katoa.'
Rest assured these Children & their Teachers, their families, friends and even those of us living in Aotearoa will forever remember the kindness extended to these Children. The Children in particular will for sure, depart today knowing in their hearts that this trip has been invigorating & has taken them to another level in their growing up years.
Last the but the least we wish to thank all those hardworking team in our Fiji Community that have catered well for these Children & their Teachers. We are told that many of the Old Lelean Memorial School students helped brought these Children's dreams to reality. The Old Scholars of Lelean Memorial School now residing in Wellingtonm, Hamilton, Palmerston North & Auckland all played host to these Fijian School Children from Fiji accompanied by their School Principal & tearchers.

To the Teachers & the Lelean Memorial School Choir - We thank you & wish you all the very best on your homeward journey back to Fiji today. We know your families, parents, friends in Fiji will be waiting eagerly to hear stories of your visit to Aotearoa. To the School Children, do keep safe & may ' Divine Providence' pour Blessings on all your Dreams & Aspirations for your future.

From: The Core Team, Trustees, The Advisors

Luvei Viti (Children of Fiji) A Fiji Community Group, Aotearoa.
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As noted by NZ Herald, quote,
" ... the impressive, 65-member Lelean Memorial School Choir from Fiji will be performing a fundraising concert on the main stage in Botany Town Square from 6.30pm. Lelean Memorial School, the Fijian sister school of Botany Downs Secondary College, is on a two-week tour and will move on to Hamilton and Wellington after the Botany performance. The choir’s impressive performances incorporate a wide range of material with something to appeal to everyone.
http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2009/may/auckland-east/fundraising-lelean-memorial-school-choir

Wellington.scoop.co.nz » A Weekend Of Entertainment At Botany Town ...
Then, on Friday 8 May, the impressive, 65-member Lelean Memorial School Choir from Fiji will be performing on the main stage in Town Square from 6.30pm
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A video clips of Lelean Memorial School in Fiji dedicated to all the Old scholars of Lelean as well as the current ones, their past & present teachers.










Ref: For Image
http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2009/may/auckland-east/fundraising-lelean-memorial-school-choir

Thursday, May 14, 2009

"TALKING FIJI" A GLIMMER OF HOPE IN THE HORIZON.

Sai Lealea once again in his blog 'Fiji Coup 2006 ' reveals some ray of Hope for the people of Fiji as we hear intricate details of what really matters to the ordinary Fiji person irrespective of Creed, Color, Culture or Ethnicity from Mr Jone Baledrokadroka @ the Fiji Democracy & Freedom Movement meeting in Sydney.
We have heard many arguments 'for & against' this most recent coup, the fact of the matter, Fiji needs to be given back to the people. 'Enough is Enough' says the ordinary Fiji people. Its time the children & youths as well as the adults get to enjoy once more what use to be there and not live in fear of their lives or be deprived of the basic necessities of life be it food, water, health care, education etc because of lack of money, loss of jobs due job cuts, lack of Tourists, & the list goes on. As we heard on 1/5/09 in SkyNews interview, as announced by VB (Militray dictator) himself, Fiji only had 1.8 months of reserves left. @ The Fiji Reserve Bank. These amount will of course by now nearing depletion if he had not received any financial help from after his Indonesian trip recently seeking 'last ditch for some sort of Cheque book diplomacy deals" with probably anyone or everyone that was willing after all he seems so desperate!!
As the saying goes Bainimarama, 'You make your bed now you lie on it!!"
It is our turn to watch you & your 'Mickey Mouse tactics' & we are getting a kick just watching you flounder every step of the way. However, we will stand by the people of Fiji to whom you owe much explanations to. Read on......
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Baledrokadroka Rally Speech in Sydney
Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement (FDFM) Rally
May 12, 2009 by Free FijiSat 9 May 2009, Marickville Town Hall,Sydney

Jone Baledrokadroka Speech.

Good evening, Ni sa bula, Namaskaram,

I would like to begin my speech by citing the Australian values as contained in the Life in Australia booklet and before I give you a quick review of the political and security situation in our beloved Fiji . What underscore Australian societies are the shared values most of you as former citizens of Fiji are now cherishing and proudly profess, that of:-Respect of the freedom and dignity of the individual-Commitment to the rule of law-Parliamentary democracy-Equality of men and women-A spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance , fair play and compassion for those in need and pursuit of the public good- the good old Aussie “fair go”-

Equality of opportunity for individuals, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background and last but not the least-Freedom of religion.Now the Fiji Situation as of Friday 8 May 2009 is:-PER 30 day extension- with suspects held of up to 7days in police custody before taken to a court that has lost all semblance of independence and neutrality.-Heavy press censorship is still on of all media outlets, thus truth has become the main casualty.-Release of convicted soldiers of Rabaka and Verebasaga case on CSO and cause for alarm from inside and outside prison as to its selective use.-No judges yet appointed to high and supreme courts and so even the charade of justice has come to a halt.-Termination of over 2000 over 55 year’s civil servants. FNPF has severely restricted many applicants withdrawal of their pension fund.-Surfacing of Col Tuatoko and others statement of Commodore Bainimarama’s attempted treason back in December of 2003.-Rumours of another 10% dollar devalue.

So in essence ladies and gentleman the rally that we are all attending here tonight if it was held in Fiji would definitely be labeled illegal and according to the new legal order in place my speech would be inciteful. Since our inaugural meeting at Yagoona, the FDFM has grown in numbers and publicity. The acting President (Pita Waqateirewa) has put out an open letter to Commodore Bainimarama which has been replied to somewhat angrily and incoherently – a sure recognition of fear for the movement and its principles.

The goal of this movement is the immediate restoration of democracy and freedom in Fiji under the 1997 constitution as upheld by the Fiji Court of Appeal judgement of 09 April 2009. The FDFM only reiterates what the Pacific Island Forum, United Nations, the Commonwealth and The European Union are appealing for- the electoral return of constitutional government from the rule of the power of the gun. There is no justification for the coup culture besetting Fiji, be it ethno-nationalism, anti-corruption, electoral reforms or the latest mantra of racism or even what Bainimarama calls “the coup to end all coups” in the name of good governance. For most of us who are indigenous Fijians here tonight given the coups of the past , I’d like to echo the words of former Fiji Law Society President ,Graham Leung, “ If the racial supremacists in Fiji are now converts, let it be the Damascus experience of Saint Paul and not the ambivalence of Hamlet. Fiji’s latest coup should be seen for what it is—a naked grab for power”. For those of us who are indo- Fijians and have been victims of previous coups and many of you may have left Fiji disenchanted.

I appeal to you that this is not the time for resigned indifference for Fiji and the FDFM needs your active and progressive minds and voices. I therefore urge you in the words of Mahatma Gandhi who in the times of great national turmoil before Indian Independence said, ‘hate the sin but love the sinner’. Indeed we say to the dictatorial regime in Fiji it is an illusion to go against international and regional outcry such as being mounted here tonight. Fiji is badly hurting economically but more so socially as the majority of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters in Fiji try to hobble out a living in a stagnant and (some harsher critics would describe as) a crumbling society, just as we gather here tonight.

To those of you who openly prop up the dictatorship, history is not on your side for political legitimacy must be earned by those who govern. To quote John Clark in his paper The Decline of the African Military Coup’ (2007), ‘in most cases the military rulers (in their misguided adventurism) turned out to be at least as or even more corrupt and authoritarian as the civilians whom they replaced’. Indeed the cruel hoax of nepotism, cronyism and clientelism that were the very raison d’être for the coup of 2006 have been committed with impunity by this clean up regime now caught in a political legitimacy dilemma the scourge of all military adventurism.

For like Rabuka before him Bainimarama is riding the tiger as the officers and men know that the only way to maintain there privileged position is to stick together. The core reason for this is not insubstantial for these unrepresentative regime leaders and there followers have one thing in common: the fear of the masses. That is why our rally tonight is so important for the restoration of democracy in Fiji for it puts fear in the regime and courage in the oppressed masses back home. Tonight in fact this instance this rally will be on the internet and various other media outlets. We call on the regime to stop fooling itself and heed the outcry and demand of the people of Fiji for democracy. If it wants to eradicate racism than practice what you preach by balancing the military’s ethnic composition first. And stop shoving your brand of religion down indo-Fijian serviceperson’s throats as in the police force.

Further more it is a fallacy for the regime to carry on with the propaganda of China and India coming to rescue Fiji financially especially in its ill conceived People’s Charter design. In a world that is interconnected in every sense and in grave economic recession, these global actors have much more going regionally to risk its relationships with an unstable and increasingly isolated pariah state.

As for us here tonight what is of utter importance is our ability in this land of freedom- Australia, to keep the pressure on Fiji’s dictatorial regime’s lack of international ,regional and local legitimacy, that is to say, their lack of a moral title to rule and the right to govern. Hence its moral inadequacy hampers it still further, by denying it the civilian collaboration it must secure through draconian methods now in place. To quote Samuel Finer ‘The rule of force alone or the threat of such force is inadequate; in addition governments must possess authority. It must be widely recognized not only as the government but as the lawful, the rightful government’1.We rally here tonight to question that authority on behalf of those that cannot question. We rally here tonight to question on behalf of those who cannot question what is illegal and unconstitutional. We rally here tonight for our beloved birthplace and what many of us still refer to as My Fiji.

So with the protest march that is being organized, I urge each and everyone of you to stand-up, spread the word and be counted for what you profess as enshrined in your Australian Values and which your brothers and Sisters in Fiji do not enjoy under the military regime.
Vinaka Vakalevu Dani bhat and God bless Fiji. JRB
Posted by Sai Lealea at 10:19 PM

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