Below is a link to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon's speech to mark International Day of the World's Indigenous People. The UN Secretary General articulated well how Indigenous People are to be respected and viewed with regards to their way of life and most of all in sharing and telling their stories of injustices done to them.
As Fijians and blogging about this, we feel compelled to specifically draw the world's attention to what is happening in our little corner of Fiji world. It is under a military dikatorship under Voreqe Bainimarama and his legal advisor Aiyaz Khaiyum Saiyad. The two are visibly seen and noted to be the source of manipulating and destructing what Fijians [Indigenous] hold dear, our Fijian Culture and Fijian Identity.
Interestingly, no one else is being seen to be so heavily marginalised in Fiji but the Fijians themselves. Their identity of being called Fijians are being stripped from them and handed out freely without even considering their views on the matter. How insulting can this be for a Race in their own home turf? Not so long ago, the current regime forced retirement to all civil servants over the age of 5o years and most of these were Fijians [Indigenous] holding key positions eg teachers, doctors, police, nurses, administrators, surveyors and more. The Great Council of Chiefs was abolished by Bainimarama and Khaiyum, Their lifelong saving of Fiji National Provident Fund siphoned to prop up an ailing Hotel Resort in the Western Division which notably had some Fiji Indian up in Auckland playing the middle man in the money deals with a local New Zealand Company. These retired Fijians went home with nothing after having served Fiji Government for so many years. Is this fair to call it clean up? Or was Bainimarama clearing the way for his Team 2006 Coup maniacs?
Fijians are being beaten up to death and thrown in jail by Fijian army soldiers trained by United Nation for Peace Keeping and causing havoc at home in Fiji. To make matters worse these soldiers are Fijians and seen to be mistreating their own kind, why? Are they just following orders or have they been brainwashed to turn against their own?
Furthermore, Chiefly system are being the target of much criticisms, why? Bainimarama and Khaiyum in their arrogant stance, have stripped the very essence of what represents these Fijian people, why? Many non-Fijians and are living in Fiji or abroad are freely giving their views that Fijians are the problems in Fiji, why? Is not Fiji made up of other races that are bringing in their side of social problems to make things complex for the nation? Or are they the perfect race and so the problems lies squarely with Fijians themselves? Fiji's regime have also conveniently convicted one of our Fijian Leaders, Hon Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and thrown him in prison a few days ago. His sins are ones allegedly committed 20 years ago, why now? This is another strategy we have observed to just weaken Fijians in their power base so when voting comes 2014 election. The Fijian power base has been weakened to the knees. Who are these regime trying to fool? Fijians are patient people and will sit things through especially those that hold Chiefly titles and in Rural Fiji and even most of our educated young ones. This Fiji regime's intent is becoming clearer by the day.
As Fijians, we are fully aware of the view by the likes of Nik Naidu who recently got airtime with Mr Manning; On Fiji with Selwyn Manning . Whilst the interview ranged widely on issues impacting on Fiji, one thing that flagged our interest is the manner Nik Naidu continued to harp about reducing the power base for Indigenous Fijians. What is Nik Naidu's problem? Fiji is home to Indigenous Fijians just like whats happening in Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands. The Indigenous people in these islands will be the majority in number until cross-breeding takes effect in the the next centuries or so. How about leave Fijians alone to enjoy peace once and for all. Nik Naidu, as we all knew him post Rabuka Coup of 1987 was noted to be making home-made bombs with current illegal attorney general Aiyaz Khaiyum Saiyed and is now Bainimarama's right hand man. To make matters worse, Nik Naidu does not even live in Fiji and for all we know does not even send money back home as they are all known to be. They make money in Fiji and take it out not leave it there. Fijians [Indigenous] are very much aware of what these people like nik Naidu are doing to Fiji. Indirectly they are propping the regime as we it.. Does Nik Naidu and his co-horts know that Fijians have had a blanket ban on Seasonal work scheme in New Zealand? The only ones allowed and not banned are the Halal Slaughterman from Fiji working in Meat works in New Zealand under seasonal scheme? Who gets to become more poorer in Fiji then? The Fijians themselves.
This day today, marks the celebration of Indigenous People around the world. It is our hope that Bainimarama and Khaiyum and those like them that are doing so much to deconstruct the very essence of who we are as Indigenous Fijians will be forced to have a RETHINK!
Luvei Viti Think Tank Team
Message from the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, marking the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on Thursday 9 August.
This year's theme is:
Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices. You can find out more information about the day and its theme at http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/