Friday, December 04, 2009

Driti offloaded and deported to Fiji by UN

There are now confirmed reports that Pita Driti was bumped off and deported back to Suva, Fiji by the UN in their bid not to allow him as a well known human torturer to serve in any of its peacekeeping missions.

Driti is said to be back in Fiji after his and Frank’s failed attempt to try their luck on the UN peacekeeping mission

Post by Rawfijinews

December 3, 2009

There are revelations today that Frank’s Landforce Commander and human rights torturer, Pita Driti, has left Fiji on a UN peacekeeping mission to Iraq.

The UN, notoriously known as the world’s worst human rights violators, have shown once again how warped their principles are in as far as uplifting the rights of human beings to a dignified life without abuse by ursurpers.

The freeze is not working, so what about a thaw!

by Paul McGeough

- Sydney Morning herald

December 3, 2009

GLEEFUL that Australian tourism is “up 27 per cent” despite Canberra’s harsh rhetoric against the regime in which he serves as Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, is urging the Rudd Government to back down on Fiji.

“Because the sanctions have not set us back nor had a significant impact on the economy, Canberra is digging in and now it has difficulty trying to extricate itself without losing face in the region,” he said in an interview with the Herald in Suva.

At the same time it was obvious that Australia’s travel ban on regime members, senior officials – military and civilian – and some of their families, was a cause of great irritation because, like most Fijians, likely appointees to key positions saw Australia as an important destination for medical treatment and education, among other aspects of their lives.

“In the earlier Fiji coups they left themselves room to move. They condemned the takeovers, but they kept talking,” Sayed-Khaiyum said. “Now they refuse to visit the Prime Minister and they only entertain people opposed to the regime and, like New Zealand, they fund various NGOs to be their proxies. In past coups judges were locked up and MPs were taken hostage and the governments operated by decree, but full diplomatic relations continued and there was no suspension from the South Pacific Forum.”

Sayed-Khaiyum was clearly irked after a recent reception at which, he said, he and Australia’s acting high commissioner, Sarah Roberts, were among a group making small talk. But when a photographer approached, Ms Roberts had stepped back while photographs were taken.

Counselling “wisdom, not weakness”, the Attorney-General argued that if Australia lifted its sanctions and re-engaged with Fiji, it would “regain the goodwill it has lost – behind its back – among Pacific nations.”

Likening Australian and NZ diplomats to annoyed school masters, he said: “The coup should not have happened? Fine, but it did. The question now should be: Where to from here to ensure that it does not happen again?”

Arguing that the conventions of democracy “were not wrong for Fiji … but not just yet”, Sayed-Khaiyum said that in their application in Fiji in the past, significant sections of the population had been reduced to the standing of Aborigines, who, he said, were marginalised and unheard in the Australian democratic process.

“If I told the Aborigines their interests were served in the Australian political process they’d tell me to bugger off.”

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