Thursday, May 07, 2009

Illegal Regime Ready to Boot President Out

RIP Ravindra Lal Chaudhry!
May 7, 2009
Ravindra Lal Chaudhry’s heart wrenching fate makes one want to cry. Ravindra is brother to Mahendra Pal Chaudhry, leader of the Fij Labor party. Ravindra’s suicidal death today must have been caused by an accumulation of many factors only known to him and those close to him.
But the saddest thing about Ravindra’s story is that his famous millionaire brother, Mahendra Chaudhry, chose to disown him at a time when he needed all the help he could get from his immediate family.
Mahendra was on record stating that he was in no way related to Ravindra some time last year when he got entangled with the law charged with assault. Ravindra announced to the media that he was Mahendra Chaudhry’s blood brother but the immediate denial from Mahendra was shocking and very sad. Mahendra’s shameful behaviour towards his poor brother who was very much in need of his family’s support, is a clear representation of what Mahendra is all about.
As far as Mahendra was concerned, his brother Ravindra was a nobody, a homeless poor begger who will only bring shame to his big shot image.
In his mind, Ravindra was of a lowly ilk who had the killer potential to muddy his carefully carved out public political image portraying him as a political guru for the poor and the disadvantaged. It was no coincidence when Frank Bainimaram called Mahendra Fiji’s Robin Hood reinforcing that common perception that Chaudhry’s political power base lies with the poor and the disadvantaged. But Ravindra’s sad life story has exposed the hypocricy and the deceitful web of lies that his brother Mahendra is all about. Not only has Mahendra failed Ravindra at all counts but the very fact that he disowned his own blood brother says it all - that Mahendra Pal Chaudhry will only know those who add value to his bank balance, pride and political status. How very very sad!
RFN says - rest in peace Ravindra Lal Chaudhry!
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Deported publisher Russell Hunter’s speech at the Pacific Freedom Forum Apia regional workshop
May 7, 2009
It’s almost a cliché now that truth is the first casualty in any conflict. But it’s as true today as ever it was. Dictators, usurpers and self appointed juntas around the world fear the truth often above all else. Our region of the planet’s surface is no different. Today our colleagues in Fiji are working under impossible conditions. The regime has censors in each newsroom whose job it is to ensure that nothing “inciteful” is published or broadcast. There is no arguing with these people. Their decisions are final. They even banned all mention in Fiji of my appointment here at the Samoa Observer. Of course, I’m flattered by the attention but I’m even more awed by the lengths these people will go to ensure that the news that is published is the news they want published.
And from deciding what the public can’t be told, it’s a short step to deciding what it will be told. In other words the media may be told not only what cannot be published but what MUST be published. I am told it has already happened. Why have editors? It’s that ages old attitude among even elected governments: If we can only get the media to say everything is fine, then it will be. Absurd, isn’t it? But there won’t be a journalist in this room that hasn’t come across it at least once. To that extent at least the Fiji junta is no different from many other governments. But there are many important – and dangerous – differences between Fiji’s illegal military regime and governments that exist under the rule of law. The Fiji junta has the power to make all its dreams of control come true at least as far as the media is concerned. We see it happening today.
And they really do believe that media consumers in Fiji are taken in. Because it’s in the newspaper it will be read and believed, because it’s on the radio news it will have credibility and because it’s on TV it will be accepted. For heaven’s sake don’t tell the commander, but he’d have a much better chance of being believed if he left the media alone. But the lights are going out in Fiji. What was the region’s most vibrant media industry is now a stilled voice and it’s the people of Fiji – not just the journalists and all media workers – who are the poorer for it. They know exactly what is happening but feel powerless to resist people with guns. But this disaster in the making has to be resisted if our region is to have lasting stability. Don’t imagine for one moment that other governments are watching without at least a tinge of envy for the Fiji junta’s absolute control of the media.
They might use something more subtle than assault rifles and boots to achieve it but they’d take control if they thought they could get away with it. And that’s precisely why Fiji’s military cannot be allowed to get away with it. For now at least, the people of Fiji can do little. But we in the region can continue to report and debate. More than that, we can continue to isolate this illegal regime which continues to live in denial of the fact that it is not welcome. PINA and PACNEWS, for example, must get out of Fiji. I personally find it appalling that a body that has consistently stood up for media freedom for a quarter of a century or more should have maintained its operations in a censored environment one minute longer than it needed to. They must pull out and by doing so tell the junta that its previous pious promises to maintain media freedom while threatening, deporting, and even assaulting journalists, are now seen for what they were – a smokescreen to hide the true intent which was to grab power and keep it.
Every pledge this junta has given to the people of Fiji and region has been broken. That is, every single one bar none. Can anybody seriously believe that a free and fair election will take place in 2014? How can there be a fair election with a censored media? There can be no appeasing this bunch. All they understand is power and all they respect is resolve. It is shocked that the Pacific Islands Forum showed both. Again it had been living in the denial that it would never be suspended. It’s vital now that the resolve be strengthened and the power judiciously applied. There is, most people agree, a need for electoral reform in Fiji. But the junta has the power to impose it tomorrow. Why will it not do so? Why will it not remove media censorship? These are questions the appeasement lobby has to answer if it is to retain any credibility.
And, more importantly, these are among the questions that the free media has to ask of this regime. The answers, if any, will be no more than poor attempts at platitudes and the people of the Pacific will see straight through them. And that’s ultimately our best hope for media freedom. For the people of these island nations large and small have many times demonstrated that the more the truth is denied them the more suspicious they become.
A free media that reports without fear or favour should be their best friend.
Thank you
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An Aussie legal eagle says James Collins and Christopher Pryde unethical
May 7, 2009
By aussieeagle
I love Fiji and would love to be a part of the judiciary. I miss my village friends who express hospitality and friendship like no others. The country is so full of promise and potential. Unfortunately, my ethics prevent me from doing so. Since the Easter debacle any overseas lawyer who has accepted any kind of legal appointment or remained in any legal public legal position is only giving credence to the illegal regime. The NSW Bar Association sent a circular to all members in March 2009 urging anyone considering such appointments to reconsider. I could not understand why until Easter.
James Collins and Christopher Pryde cannot possibly justify their reasons for being in Fiji. Pressure must be applied and maintained. Only Fijians can help Fiji right now. As much as I would like to help I believe the best thing I can do is to stay at home and send money to our village friends as an expression of our love and support.
God Bless Fiji.
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What about your own backyard Frank Bainimarama?
May 7, 2009
By seini74
The dictator claims that he must rule without elections for a period of 8 years because this is needed to realise his dream of a political system free of racial feelings. If he wants us to believe him, he needs to explain what he^s doing to turn the RFMF from the most racially exclusive organization in Fiji into the first race free institution? He could start by saying how much he regrets that the institution he has headed for 10 years has not made ANY progress in achieving his vision.
The RFMF REMAINS 99 PERCENT FIJIAN
When Qarase was in Government Mahendra Chaudhry took him to task for not broadening the membership of the armed forces. You can see for yourself in Wikipedia “On 4 August 2005, Opposition Leader Mahendra Chaudhry called for more Indo-Fijians, who presently comprise less than one percent of the Military personnel, to be recruited. This would help guarantee political stability, he considered.” Why isn’t Chaudhry still making this call? Why don’t all the people who give credence to Frank’s dream ask why the armed forces remain overwhelmingly Fijian? ]obs are tight now so there would be no problem finding recruits if they actually tried.
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Where is the President’s political forum now?
May 7, 2009
By seini74
Can somebody tell me where the President’s Political Dialogue Forum has gone? Last October the Illegal PM called for a political dialogue which eventually became the President’s Political Dialogue Forum. In January this year when Adolf Sayed-Khaiyum turned up at the Pacific Forum meeting in PNG, he claimed the PPDF proved that the regime was on a path to democratic elections. In April, the Dictator finally held a meeting to decide arrangements for the PPDF
So where is it now? Can we assume from the abrogation of the constitution that the process was just a timewaster to keep the UN, the Commonwealth and everyone busy?
That’s what a lot of us thought when the representatives of political parties inlcuded Fat Freddy Caine, but noone from the SDL or the NFP who won over half of the votes in the 2006 elections.
If the President has changed his mind it would be nice of him to tell us.
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Two victims tortured by the military to share their experience in public meeting
May 7, 2009
A Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement rally and curry night fundraising this Saturday 9/5/09, at the Marrickville Town Hall , Sydney, Australia, 6.00pm at 303 Marrickville, will feature two brave Fiji citizens who suffered in the hands of the military. The two, Fiji Youth member, Jacque Koroi and Arthur Lord, a senior management board member of SDL, will share their story as one of the many innocent Fiji citizens who were brutalized by Frank & Co.
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Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement to march in Sydney CBD soon
May 7, 2009
Fiji community in Australia who are members of the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement are planning a march and public rally in Sydney CDB later this month. Its organizers say this is part of the peaceful resistance events against Frank Bainimarama’s junta on behalf of their oppressed relatives and friends in Fiji who have been stripped off their rights to freedom of speech, public assembly etc.
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The search for (il)legal eagles continues
May 7, 2009
By fijidemocracynow2009
It’s easy for good lawyers to make good money. Around the world lawyers are generally much better paid than the average person and in some cases extraordinarily so. Accordingly, salaries for judges are quite high relative to average earnings, and nowhere is this more the case than in Fiji. But given the professional stigma now attached to our judiciary, what lawyer in his right mind would want to take up a position on a Fiji bench with our military dictatorship running things?
Certainly, none of the expatriate judges who lost their jobs when the puppet president abrogated the constitution have put up their hands. And given their local knowledge and experience, these former members of the Fijian judiciary are better placed than anyone to know exactly what the pros and cons are. Then there’s former High Court Judge Nazhat Shameem. Despite her key role in manipulation of the judiciary pre-abrogation and notwithstanding her infamous intimate association with the dictator, she’s not having anything to do with the new line-up. Another factor is the regime’s reputation. Despite censorship of our media, hard and incriminating news about the activities of our military dictatorship is being reported in the international press, the same press that prospective judges are reading.
The illegal detention of FLS president Dorsami Naidu and the shock release from jail of the convicted killers of Sakiusa Rabaka are just two news stories that have made headlines outside Fji in recent days. Such reports send an unequivocal message to all lawyers that the dictatorship has no respect for the law, not to mention the most basic of human rights. All in all, Fiji’s not a good place for any lawyer to accept judicial appointment. The question is: How long before Adolf Sayed-Khaiyum is forced to come up with yet another excuse about the delay in his promised delivery of a new Fiji judiciary? And when he does, who is going to believe him?
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Div Damodar causing too much pain to his Gujarati parents
May 7, 2009
Div Damodar, the adopted son of Fiji’s Damodar movie cinemas tycoon, is a well known coup supporter. He’s been relaying all sorts of Gujarati business community gossip to the miltary council’s top notches to win some easy cookie points to advance his own selfish agendas. We are told that his adopted Gujarati parents are getting worried about their wannabe undercover agent son, whom the Gujarati business community are blaming as someone who is tarnishing their image to the many native Fijians who don’t support the junta. Div, who zooms around Suva in his black hummer, is understood to have been one-sided by some unknown Fijians at a Suva nightclub. This is the same guy who personally delivers his fastfood chicken bullshit speciality to Frank’s office and members of the military council.
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FTIB heads cat fighting
May 7, 2009
A blogger blogged in asking whether Annie Roger’s position as CEO of Fiji Trade Investment Board was snatched from her by her chairman Francis Narayan. According to our sources, there has been an endless cat fight taking place between the two with Annie Rogers telling Francis to bugger off from day to day administrative matters relating to potential investment opportunities by foreign investors. The aimless Francis Narayan tried to fire Annie but has back-fired with sources now reporting that it is Francis Narayan who has been booted out by Aiyaz.
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The Hong Kongonization of Fiji by Adolf Khaiyum’s wigged mafia
May 6, 2009
Fiji appoints First Parliamentary CounselJAMES Collins, a barrister from Hong Kong, has been appointed First Parliamentary Counsel to be mainly responsible for the “drafting and vetting of government legislation”.In a press statement today, the Attorney-General’s Chambers said Mr Collins, who began work on Monday, was a private barrister for the past 12 years in Hong Kong until he accepted the Chamber’s offer of the post. Collins qualified as a barrister at Grays in the UK in 1973 and spent 10 years in legal education in London as a law lecturer, said the statement.
In 1984 he established a law department at the newly-founded City University in Hong Kong and following this, joined the Hong Kong Attorney-Generals Chambers where his responsibilities included legal policy drafting, constitutional affairs and departmental advisory work. Collins, welcome to the Land of the Illegal – and get ready to be carted off to The Hague in the future. How much “blood money” are you being paid to draft pro-junta legislations and decrees? You can’t have made a mark up in Hong Kong, for RFN’s google search had returned ZERO hits. God Save Fiji from the Hong Kong Triads flooding into the country!!!!!
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Aiyaz tells Frank it’s time to send Iloilo to his village and revive 1997 constitution
May 6, 2009
Tyrant Frank Bainimarama’s non-military adviser, Adolf Khaiyum, is believed to have advised Frank that the time has come to send senile Iloilo back to his village. According to Khaiyum, Iloilo’s used by date has finally arrived. Sources say there are plans in place to retire Iloilo soon, to be replaced by illegitimate Epeli Nailatikau. It is understood that Aiyaz is trying to kill two birds with one stone. First to make Nailatikau’s wish come true as Fiji’s head of state and secondly, Nailatikau to officially resurrect the 1997 constitution with the claim that the April 10th Easter Friday event was merely the suspension, and not abrogation of Fiji’s supreme law.
The revival of the 1997 constitution that will be amended willy nilly by them is very important in their whole scheme of things.
Aiyaz knows he must come up with a credible judiciary which he is finding extremely hard and almost impossible to bring to life with the purported abrogation of Fiji’s constitution.
He has realized that the April 10th announcement was a very bad idea that is creating all sorts of nightmare for him. And the only way he can resolve that is to blame Iloilo for it, remove him as a result and swear in Nailatikau with the 1997 constitution. Aiyaz is also fully aware that Fiji’s economy is on the verge of collapsing if they continue to operate outside of the constitution.
The rest of the world are tightening their strangelhold on their Fiji militant noose and Frank & Co. are obviously feeling suffocated. He knows Fiji can not survive by itself and that the longer he delays the installation of a judiciary the more finicky things will become. Aiyaz knows their weak regime foundation is showing huge cracks due to major shifting that is beyond their control. It will cave in sooner rather than later if he doesn’t admit that the 1997 constitution is still there, alive and kicking.
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Frank Bainimarama is a bungaling dictator with little regard for human rights but Fijian people are the best
May 6, 2009
There’s a growing chorus of opinion that we should avoid holidays in Fiji until their political system meets with our approval. Even Foreign Minister Murray McCully has suggested New Zealanders should think twice before visiting Fiji on ethical and security grounds. What a load of ill-conceived tosh.
As far as security goes, www.safetravel.govt.nz, the official source of advice for Kiwis travelling overseas warns that, “There are indications that crime levels are increasing in Fiji. Robbery, theft and incidents of assault have been reported by locals and tourists alike, with most occurring at night and in urban areas. Kiwis are advised to take particular care with cash and credit cards, especially when using ATMs.” That’s fair enough, but most New Zealanders don’t go to urban areas like Suva and Lautoka, they go to island resorts. Furthermore, if we’re going to stay away from places where you need to be careful about withdrawing cash from an ATM at night then that’s Downtown Auckland off the itinerary.
When it comes to morality the argument for staying away is even less tenable. Certainly the regime installed by Commodore Frank Bainimarama is a bungling dictatorship with little regard for human rights. But compared to many other regimes we deal with it’s actually relatively benign. I haven’t heard our foreign minister argue that we should boycott China on ethical grounds. Yet China has even less regard for human rights and also tends to execute critics. In my book that puts China a lot further down the ethical ladder than Fiji. The reality is, once we start choosing our holiday destinations on ethical grounds there’s a lot of places much more deserving of boycotts than little Fiji.
Furthermore, before talking of sanctions it’s important to consider what impact they might have, and who they might affect. If you take your holiday in Thailand - another place whose democratic credentials are looking dubious - instead of Fiji, then do you really think Bainimarama and his uniformed mates will suffer? Of course not. The only people to miss out will be the ordinary Fijians who work in the tourist industry. So to punish them for losing their democratic rights at the point of a gun we’re going to deprive them of their incomes as well? Personally, I reckon if you fancy a holiday in the sun this winter you should certainly consider Fiji, especially as there are some great deals on offer and the devaluation of the Fijian dollar means your money will go further. Just don’t go wandering the backstreets of Suva at night and steer clear of any hotels Bainimarama and his mates might own. And, no, I haven’t been offered a free trip to Fiji in return for saying this.
- Jim Eagles
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Solomons PM came to power through parliamentary coup - so he should SHUT UP on Fiji!
May 6, 2009
By VICTOR LAL
The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Derek Sikua, has taken off from where Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Michael Somare left recently – supporting the illegal and murderous Fiji regime in the Pacific Islands Forum. Sikua says Fiji remains a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group despite its suspension from the Forum.Sikua says Fiji’s suspension from the Forum is consistent with the resolutions made at its meeting in Port Moresby, but the recent developments in Fiji were not part of those deliberations.Sikua says his government wrote to the Chair of the Forum, Toke Talagi, seeking a postponement of any action against Fiji, pending further reflection by Forum leaders.But he says the Forum Chair has acted consistently with the Port Moresby resolutions and the region must now live within these realities.Sikua says there is currently no discussion on whether Fiji’s status within the Melanesian Spearhead Group should be changed, and any decision would be made by the group’s leaders.Sikua, the people of Fiji, who voted in the Qarase government, and whom your Fiji military removed from office, want to remind you that you have no mandate from your own people to speak on Fiji – you came to power after defecting as Minister for Education in the previous Sogavare led government, and later moved a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on 13 December 2007, and taking over his job on 20 December 2007, as un-elected Prime Minister of Solomon Islands.So, for God’s Sake, stop meddling in Fiji. But who can blame you – for you, it seems there is no difference in the execution of a parliamentary coup or a military coup – as long as the objective is the grab for power. You were also reported as objecting to appearing in court over a traffic accident but later recanted on certain conditions.Our advice to you is to watch your own back, for in March certain members of the Solomon Islands Government were reportedly planning to move a no confidence vote against you – the un-elected Prime Minister of Solomon Islands.
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Terrorist Frank : Did you consult the Verebasaga and Rabaka families before releasing your murderers to kill more citizens?
May 6, 2009
By VICTOR LAL
In opposing the Reconciliation, Truth and Unity Bill, the dictator goon, Frankstein Bhainimarama, had the following to say in July 2005 against the Qarase government:
“Instead of teaching our people about the rule of law, and about democracy, and about the Constitution the exact opposite is done. They are told that it is okay to have two sets of rule in the hope that they will be appeased and not only get their votes but, using the race issue, guarantee continous leadership…The Bill when passed because it endorses the release of the perpetrators of the coup endorses the events of 2000 and consequently neutralizes the military, the same military that has brought stablity to this nation of ours.” He went on to argue that “the passage of the Bill will bring about a situation where there is no rule of law. The most dangerous thing would be to have no one in charge where there is no rule of law”. Bhainimarama told the nation: “The events of 2000 have not left us. They only way we can let go of the past and reconcile is to take people who are responsible for the events of 2000 to task, investigated, sentenced and serve their time in jail. The release of these people under some pretence of political crime should not be endorsed by the people of this nation as a form of reconciliation. One keeps hearing about the release of people who have committed criminal acts because of their political beliefs. This for everyone’s information is the international definition of a terrorist. Are we saying that we should condone terorism? Hell no! Have the victims been asked their views about the release of these prisoners? No, because we all depend in (sic) the judicial system to do the right by us.”
The RFMF, the 2006 coup terrorist, went on to state, “is going to do its outmost to ensure that this bill does not see the light of the day”. Now, you goon, did you and Khaiyum, who has been dubbed “Adolf” of Fiji consulted the Verebasaga and Rabaka families? NO!!!!! Why NOT?
It is time the people of Fiji should stand up and ensure that the likes of Bhainimarama, Khaiyum and others were neutralised before more innocent citizens are killed. The murderers have been released to appease the military and to warn critics that if they open their mouths, they will be murdered by the military goons with impunity.
But we must NOT fear the cowards anymore - its time Daniel Gounder, who happily agreed to sit as a Judge, and who sentenced the murderers, spoke out. If not, he should never return to practise law in any jurisdiction. He must, to use Bhainimarama’s own words, speak out, and champion for the rule of law. Murderers and tyrants, as Mahatma Gandhi once said, have no place on this earth. They are vendors of death, supping with the Devil.

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