Wednesday, July 25, 2012

EU Fact Finding Mission to Fiji: "Fijians [Indigenous Fijians] says Tread with Care EU & your Representatives in Fiji!"


Reflections: EU & their representative researching Fiji saga, we ask, please go easy. Fiji has suffered a dry and difficult period of coup de tat cultures for over 25 years. Please do not send Samoa as you are trying to do to speak on our behalf. We are from the South Pacific Islands but our Cultures are so different; one is Melanesia and one is Polynesia. 

Even if Melanesians, we do things even differently. Tread with care is all we ask and respect us for who we are. The days of dishing our your Western thinking is now being challenged. Fijians have a culture that must not be watered down just for ease of administration purpose or mere funding for that purpose.

As Indigenous Fjians we will only accept changes from what the Fijian people and their Chiefs want. No more or no less.

Luvei Viti Think Tank Team.

From Voice Melansesia
 
ACP – EU fact finding mission want to know the root causes of coup d'état in Fiji
By Online Editor
3:58 pm GMT+12, 24/07/2012, Fiji
The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) fact finding mission to Fiji says the mission wants to see the island nation return to democratic and parliamentary democracy.

JPA co-President Musikari Kombo says his team wanted to  find out the progress on the process for the restoration of democracy, the holding of free and fair elections, and eventually, effective and truly
representative parliamentary democracy.

"Fiji has been undergoing some political difficulties over the years. So we are here to try and understand the root causes that led to four coups d'état.

"We did not come here to find solutions because that is an internal matter for Fiji. We came here to consult for three days to grasp what is going on in Fiji and will report back to the JPA," he said

Kombo says they held talks with relevant stakeholders in Fiji that make up the political landscape of the island nation.

"We have talked to civil societies, we have talked to the government, past political leaders, former Prime Ministers, we have talked to the Constitutional Commission that is charged with responsibility of making a new constitution. So it's been diverse," Kombo told reporters in Fiji's capital Suva.

He said the JPA mission acknowledges the process for the restoration of democracy depends on the people of Fiji themselves.

"The international community can provide advice, financial and technical support to support the Fijian people to find a solution and create a stable and sustainable democratic system.

In this regard, the process of Constitution making and electoral process is extremely important.

"The process must lead to the establishment of strong and effective institutions of governance, namely, an effective legislature that is able to oversee and scrutinise government action and provide checks and balances to the executive, as well as an independent judiciary," the ACP/EU mission statement said.

While refraining from making specific recommendations for the constitution making process, the JPA mission believes that this must be guided by the general and commonly accepted international norms and values of democratic government and constitutional making, such as consultation, dialogue and inclusiveness.

To be credible and legitimate, the constitutional making process must be widely representative and have the support and confidence of the people of Fiji.

"The process must lead to the holding of free and fair elections, which must be based on an electoral system that is open, transparent and representative.

"The process must promote national reconciliation and the foundation of a democratic and just society firmly established on the rule of law and respect for human rights," the mission stated.

The JPA mission believes that measures must be provided for the people to effectively contribute to the process and civic education will therefore be extremely important in this process.

"In this regard, it is important to guarantee the freedom of the press, freedom of association and respect for human rights, while underlining that the important process of constitution making cannot take place in a climate of fear and intimidation. The JPA mission takes note that the Government is taking steps to help address this.

The mission will submit its full report to the Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) at its meeting that will be held in Brussels in September and will be adopted at the Joint JPA meeting in Suriname in November.

SOURCE: PACNEWS
13)Gap Between Rich And Poor Fiji Allegedly Wider Since 2006 Coup
Class differences increasing as residents 'struggle' to get by
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 23, 2012) – The chairman of the Fiji Wages Council, Father Kevin Barr, says the gap between rich and poor has widened in Fiji since the 2006 coup.
In his assessment of the situation in Fiji since 2006 Father Barr says class differences are increasing, and while investors and tourists are provided with attractive incentives, the poor and ordinary people of the country struggle to feed their families.
The president of the Fiji Trades Union Congress, Daniel Urai, agrees with that assessment.
"There are more people outside of employment, and those that have some form of employment face some form of repression to ensure that they are paid the lowest that they can be paid. And the prices of basic good items in Fiji are increasing by the day."
The general secretary for the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions, Attar Singh, says trade unions have much less ability to influence change in the workplace and very few workers in both the public and private sectors have seen pay rises since 2006.
Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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