Sunday, June 08, 2008

Activists defend calls for another human rights body

Sai's Comment:
- Am firmly supportive of this move and no crocodile tears from Yabaki and the CCF should stop such a body being established. There is no question that the current FHRC is firmly behind the illegal takeover of the Qarase government and the untutored comments of its director reinforces this. It is a shameful situation when the body established to defend citizens' rights has become compromised through political opportunism and flawed leadership.
Activists defend calls for another human rights body
www.fijitimes.co - Sunday, June 08, 2008

Update: 4.15pm THE Non-Governmental Organisation Coalition on Human Rights says the call for an establishment of another human rights body is because the Fiji Human Rights Commission appears to support military rule.
This has led to their poor performance and bias.
The Coalition's spokesperson Virisila Buadromo made the comment in reaction to statements by Citizens Constitutional Forum chief executive officer Reverend Akuila Yabaki.
Mr Yabaki said the NGO Coalition needs to first make existing mechanisms work efficiently before attempting to create a new human rights council.
"The human rights NGOs formed an NGO Coalition on human rights in 1998. We are very concerned that recently, the NGOCHR has not been able to work in an efficient manner," said Mr Yabaki.
"The annual general meeting of the NGOCHR was due to be held on June 13, 2007. However, it is almost a year past the meeting date and we still have not been informed of when the AGM will be held."
Mr Yabaki said the NGOCHR worked well for many years and was able to collectively articulate a stronger voice on human rights issues.
But since December 2006, he said, there has been a lack of coordination between members of the NGOCHR.
Ms Buadromo said the NGOCHR continues to be a space where human rights organisations can come together and strategise on a direction forward.
"This is one of the only spaces which allows opposing viewpoints at the same table. Some members of the human rights community see working with their interim regime as a positive move out of the current political quandary," said Ms Buadromo.
She says there are other organisations that have a different approach to upholding the rule of law, democracy and human rights.
Ms Buadromo said the AGM would be held on July 9, 2008.
She said the NGOCHR could not replace the Fiji Human Rights Commission, which is a statutory body created by an Act of Parliament.
She said the call for a new human rights council was being made because of the slow and selective response to human rights violations.

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