Friday, February 19, 2010


This is the actual petition,
from SD.

February 18, 2010.

Dear interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama,

We the Nadaku family, write to share our concerns regarding developments in Fiji since the December 5, 2006 military coup. We urge you to ensure the swift transition to an elected government, and call on you and your officials to immediately and publicly make a commitment that fundamental human rights will be respected.
We are particularly concerned that the longer the Interim Government delays the elections, the more we the people will suffer. To deny us the right to elections is contrary to Article 21 of the UDHR which states;

“. Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.. Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections, which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.”
You are reminded that Fiji is a signatory to the Declaration.
We also note with concern the latest statement by Brigadier Driti who is quoted as saying that any act of civil disobedience by the people of Fiji will be dealt with “severely”.These types of statements only create fear and do not promote a healthy relationship between the government of the day and its people.

We as a family unit are of the view that it is our right as citizens of Fiji to demand for elections this year, and for a swift return to parliamentary democracy.

We therefore urge your IG to make a commitment for elections to be held towards the end of the year, 2010.

We also urge the government of Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, The United Kingdom, Japan, The E.U, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Forum Secretariat and other relevant NGO’s and organizations to continue to pursue the process towards elections this year.

It is our humble opinion that this great nation of ours cannot, must not, continue on the path it is taking today. To do so would only prolong the pain and suffering of our people who cannot stand up to voice their opinion due the Public Emergency Regulations, and the censorship of the media.
Copies of this letter have been sent to the three paramount chiefs of the Kubuna, Tovata and Burebasaga Confederacies, the Methodist Church, Foreign Embassies in Fiji, NGO’s and human rights groups, democracy advocates worldwide, and Fijian Political Parties for their information.
We pray that you will do what is right and just for the people of Fiji, based on the four fundamental principles of democracy, government by the people, active participation of the people, protection of human rights and above all, the rule of law.

On behalf of the N. Family.
[nb: name has been suppressed for the safety & security of this family]
Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi
Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu
Ro Adi Teimumu Kepa
US Embassy
Australia High Com
New Zealand High Com
Japan Embassy
European Union
United Nations
Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre
President Methodist Church In Fiji
Mick Beddoes, UPP
Mahen Chaudhary, FLP
Raman Singh, NFP
Laisenia Qarase, SDL
Forum Secretariat
Citizens Constitutional Forum
Media(Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Daily Post, ABC Australia, RNI)
Democracy and Humans Rights Groups


  1. Monday, February 22, 2010
    600,000-strong petition to military govt

    Fiji's military led government has been sent a letter saying 600,000 people have signed a petition for elections this year.

    Commodore Frank Bainimarama has said the earliest the elections will be held is 2014.

    Many of the people who have signed the petition are linked to the democracy movements in New Zealand and Australia, like Suliasi Daunitutu.

    A member of the Fiji Democracy Movement in Australia, Mr Daunitutu says people in Fiji have endured a lot in the past four years and elections should not be delayed any longer.

    He says Fiji citizens are afraid to speak openly so they're doing it through the political parties, hence the strong support for the petition.

    Mr Daunitutu says the leaders of the Fiji Labour, SDL and National Federation parties all submitted a list of their members to be included in the document.
    Fiji Democracy Now Blog

  2. We welcome Mere Tora who has taken up office as Acting High Commissioner for Fiji in Wellington.

    We are told Mere has resumed office already and we look forward to interacting with her in future.

    For those that may not know Mere, she was previously in Wellington, New Zealand as First Secretary few years ago and had to be recalled post coup 2006 by the current Fiji regime.
    Luvei Viti Think Tank at myvuw.
    Read more from Radio NZ.

    Silent diplomacy between New Zealand and Fiji is working says academic [RadioNZ International]
    Posted at 22:42 on 22 February, 2010 UTC

    A Fiji academic says the announcement of diplomatic appointments to Wellington and Suva are a sign that New Zealand’s strategy of silent diplomacy is working.

    After a meeting between New Zealand and Fiji’s foreign ministers, it’s been announced that Mere Tora is now the First Secretary and Acting Head of Mission at the Fiji High Commission in Wellington, while Phillip Taula will take up equivalent positions in Suva.

    Dr Steven Ratuva, from the University of Auckland’s Centre for Pacific Studies, says that suggests the controversial nomination of the interim regime’s spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni, to be a representative in Wellington has been shelved.

    “That probably was not a very sensitive move given the situation at the moment, the tense situation. But I think what they did was went back, and involve in what is usually known as silent diplomacy and they came out publicly after a consensus, and I think in terms of strategy, I think it was a very good move.”
    Dr Ratuva says working to ease the travel ban on members of the Fiji regime will be a top priority for Mere Tora.

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