Thursday, August 23, 2012

More from Hon Mick Beddoes: Fiji Islanders unless itaukei

Our thoughts: Fiji  Citizens as Fiji Islanders & leave Fijians to Fijians, the Indigenous People. There has been no consultations whatsoever for these groups of coup stalwarts in Fiji diktator's to really in essence say they have involved the Fijian Chiefs and their people for the massive onslaught to their Indigenous Identity, Cultures, Heritage, Land, 'Qoliqoli' or Oceans and more.

Now we hear the diktator wants to split Fijians and only call those in the Rural Villages, Indigenous Fijians that but not those living in urban areas. What does Bainimarama think? Fijians are not his monkeys, to follow the so called orders he is dishing out or knee jerk reactions he seems to be having and destroying every aspect of Fijian-ness. Fiji's situation is no better than what Hitler did when he came up with his concept of the 'pure race'. This Fiji scenario is on a small scale but similar concept except Bainimarama cannot really execute his plans to totally wipe off Fijians in their own homeland. For one his soldiers are all Fijians and perhaps that clock is just a ticking 'time-bomb' if this diktator does not slow down and have a massive rethink.

We applaud reputable Fiji citizens like Mr Beddoes for his firm stand against the uncertainity Fiji sees to be at under the dictator rule. This Commission has indeed given Fiji people & the world a snapshot view of the mess Fiji is in.

When we see this line up of whos whos in this image, we ask that same question everyone is asking- what criteria were given to have such an unbalance group of people working out the intricate details of Fiji's constitution under diktatorship rule. How fair has this group been selected? Ghai is a credible gentleman globally, that we know. What about a each person's profile in this group We want a list of what credible information do each one of the bring to the table. In the iage are five laywers including our once famous young Suva bomb maker in post 1987 coup, Khaiyum Aiyas Saiyed [illegal Attorney General now]. We believe he is the king-pin of where Fiji is at now.

We wait for the day when we get to hear both these two main players in this Fiji saga. take the stand in time to come. 'One day Mafaatu'!!
Na Dina  

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via Coup Four And A Half by Pacific in the Media on 8/21/12

 A small sample of some of the estimated 300 submissions that is keeping the Constitution Commission (pictured above the day it was sworn in) busy.

Excerpt from Mick Beddoes personal submission:

Chapter 1:    The State

Section 1:    Republic of the Fiji Islands
Amend to read:    The Fiji Islands is a sovereign, democratic state

Section 2    Supremacy of Constitution
Retain    (1) and (2)

Section 3    Interpretation of constitution
Retain    (a) and (b)

Section 4    Languages
Retain    (1), (2), (3) and (4)

English, Fijian and Hindi have equal status in the Fiji Islands

Section 5    State & religion
Retain    Although religion and the state are separate, the people of the Fiji Islands acknowledge that worship and the reverence of God are the source of good government and leadership.

Make appropriate amendments to this Chapter to incorporate the following recommendations from
Pillar 2 of the People's Charter for Change:-

Chapter 2:    The Compact

Section 6    Compact
Section 7    Application of compact

Make appropriate amendments or add to the 12 points of the Compact so as to incorporate the Shared values, vision and Principals as recommended in the  People's Charter for Change FOUNDATION FOR THE COMMON GOOD:-

Ø   Equality and dignity of all citizens
Ø   Respect for the diverse cultural, religious and philosophical beliefs
Ø   Unity among the people driven by common purpose and citizenship.
Ø   Good & Just governance
Ø   Sustained economic growth
Ø   Social & economic justice
Ø   Equal access to the benefits of development including access to basic needs and services
Ø   Merit based equality of opportunities for all

Chapter 3:    Citizenship

Section 8:    retention of existing citizenship
Add sub section 8 (1)    All citizens to be known as 'Fiji Islanders' and our Itaukei
Known as 'Fijians'
Section 9 to 20    retain

Inert a new section in this chapter on dual citizenship as follows:

Dual Citizenship is permitted provided that the holder of dual citizenship is:-

i.    Not eligible to vote in Municipal or National elections
ii.    Declares all earnings in Fiji and pays tax on those earnings
iii.    Does not actively seek paid employment which would displace a local from work iv.    Loses the right to the dual citizenship if convicted of any criminal offence in Fiji.

Chapter 4:    Bill of Rights

Section 21 to 43    retain

And add a new section to incorporate recommendations from as follows:-

I.    Only a duly elected parliament can waiver or restrict any of the rights outlined in Chapter 4.
II.    Any elected member of the executive [cabinet] parliament, senate, or member of the judiciary, civil service, police and military who supports a group that has usurped the authority of an elected government, to waiver or reduce the rights of the citizens as laid out in this chapter will be guilty of the offence of Treason against the people.

Chapter 5:    Social Justice

Retain and strengthen this Chapter by inserting where appropriate recommendations from Pillar 2 and
Pillar 8 of the People's Charter for Change covering:-

Ø   Develop a national moral vision for the common good
Ø   Conduct national interfaith dialogue and sharing of spiritualities
Ø   Promote shared national values through the national education curriculum
Ø   Ensure teaching of the vernacular [Vosa Vakaviti , Hindi]and comparative study of major religions
Ø   Promote multi cultural education
Ø   Phase out institutional names that denote racial affiliations
Ø   Promote national vision, narratives, rituals and symbols. One national anthem to be in the 3 languages; flag ceremony to be observed in all schools and important state functions
Ø   Review and revitalize the National Youth Service Scheme
Ø   Eliminate racial categorization in all government records and registers

Add a new section to deal specifically with Poverty and the inclusion of the recommendations of Pillar 8 [Reducing Poverty] and a specific Section to protect the pension rights of pensioners.

Excerpt from  submission by Ro Felipe Tuisawau, Chief of Rewa Province
Recognizing and reaffirming that indigenous individuals are entitled without discrimination to all human rights recognized in international law, and that indigenous peoples possess collective rights which are indispensable for their existence, well-being and integral development as peoples,
Recognizing that the situation of indigenous peoples varies from region to region and from country to country and that the significance of national and regional particularities and various historical and cultural backgrounds should be taken into consideration,
Solemnly proclaims the following United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a standard of achievement to be pursued in a spirit of partnership and mutual respect:
Article 1
Indigenous peoples have the right to the full enjoyment, as a collective or as individuals, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human rights law.
Article 2
Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be  free  from any kind  of discrimination,  in the exercise of their  rights,  in particular  that  based  on their indigenous origin or identity.
Article 3
Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
Self determination is a human right for we the Fijian people to elect our own representatives in Parliament. We oppose any move to to do away with Fijian Communal Seats in the Provinces.
Article 4
Indigenous  peoples,  in  exercising  their  right  to  self-determination,  have  the  right  to  autonomy  or  self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing their autonomous functions.
Self government and autonomy is exercised via the Great Council of Chiefs, the Provincial Councils and the Tikina Councils. These institutions must be revived, upheld and strengthened. Fijians and their institutions must evolve towards self government and autonomy.
Article 5
Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions, while retaining their right to participate fully, if they so choose, in the political, economic, social and cultural life of the State.
We have a right to maintain our own chiefly, traditional, provincial, tikina and cultural systems and to evolve and review these ourselves without state or non indigenous interference.
Article 6
Every indigenous individual has the right to a nationality.
Fiji must have a national identity and could be  "Fiji Islander" as we are now called the Republic of Fiji Islands. The National Anthem could only be in the Fijian language because obviously we are in Fiji and not England.
Article 7
1.  Indigenous individuals have the rights to life, physical and mental integrity, liberty and security of person.
Indigenous rights activists must not be victimised and labelled as racists. Such actions are simplistic and counter productive. However, open discussion of the concerns of Fijians as indigenous people must be encouraged. Since the coup of 2006, Fijians have who have expressed concerns about their rights have been victimised and their human rights abused. The elected representatives of Fijians indigenous rights activists must not be victimised and labelled as racists. Such actions are simplistic and counter productive. However, open discussion of the concerns of Fijians as indigenous people must be encouraged. Since the coup of 2006, Fijians have who have expressed concerns about their rights have been victimised and their human rights abused. The elected representatives of Fijians have been removed by the gun, harassed, assaulted and still continue to be thrown into prison.
Recommendation: The above to be resolved via a National Consultation Workshop.
Excerpt from submission by Ian Simpson
I believe and propose a State sanctioned One Party State. Up to date, elections have cost $30 million plus which equates to $6 million dollars on a year to year basis in a 5 year election cycle. I suggest that $6m can fund or nearly fully fund a state sponsored party in a  democratic structure that engages and gives the whole populace a permanent and inclusive say in the governance and administration of our country.
I think we should have 4 year election cycles within the One Party State, to run for a 4 cycle (16 years) term, before the people may hold a referendum to continue or discontinue with a One Party State.
I also think that participation should be built on the basis of leaders of 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000. With an estimated 600,000 voters, this will give us 60 representatives in the National Congress. This system should avoid the party from being hijacked by any one special interest group or ideology.
Not in any way to pre-empt contributions on the development of the structure of a One Party State, if the people should adopt this proposal, I would like to make a couple of broad suggestions at least, just to give a feel for what is possible. Our National Congress, does not need be limited to 60 seats. I would propose an additional 40 seats or more for a balance that would be drawn from, say one each of the 20 District Guardian Councils (more on this in a separate submission – essentially these are de-centralised district Public Service Commissions ), a number from business, professional and civic organisations, with maybe a rep each from our two Cities. The Central committee, or equivalent of cabinet and other structures in the executive or administration of government can be addressed at a later stage, lets for now stay with the broad strokes of my proposal.

Beddoes' Constitution recommendations
Covering letter to Commission
Speaking notes on GCC
Constitution submission FTuisawau
Ian Simpson CCSubmission

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