Friday, December 11, 2009

What Human rights still exist in Fiji?

Sai's Comments:

  • The good Reverend must be referring to some abstract notion of human rights, since everyone knows that in practice, human rights in Fiji exist only in name.
  • It really is surprising that the CCF still trumpets the non-existent hope that people in Fiji still enjoy basic human rights. He is being very selective and is unable to point to the exercise of the rights he is referring to in practice. No doubt his piece would not make it to print had he dared to make any reference to the truth about the non-existence of such rights in Fiji.
  • CCF is being shown up, as well as its key principals, on their inability to honestly portray the situation in Fiji. The have been very consistent in charting a middle of the road course, trying their utmost not to insult the current regime while regaling all of the hypocrisy of their position. They seem to have some innate difficulty in speaking truth to the real situation in Fiji. In so doing, their credibility continues to plummet.
  • No doubt CCF would argue that its position is to take no position. The problem then for them becomes their lack of moral authority given their shifting position in trying to mollify and appease the oppressors.
  • A simple test I would suggest for the Reverend is to mark the current regime in Fiji against its non-compliance with the rights he is referring to in his piece. If his arithmetic is any good, he will no doubt realise that, in practice, as in real life in Fiji, a big negative total will be the result. That total will be in human sufferings such as deaths, torture, humiliation, corruption, media clamp down etc.. that are currently being experienced by Fiji citizens in the period of this current illegal regime.
  • Then again and perhaps, the Reverend may well have been referring to all these in the abstract. - Friday, December 11, 2009

AS the world commemorated Human Rights Day yesterday, the Citizens Constitutional Forum (CCF) has assured that Fiji still enjoyed basic human rights, particularly the right to life and equality before the law.

CCF chief executive Reverend Akuila Yabaki said those two human rights, among a few others, would not be derogated .

He made the comments following the celebration in Suva yesterday.

"Even after the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution on April 10, human rights are still there and guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed by the UN in 1948," Mr Yabaki said.

He said advocacy still continued because of the declaration. However, in a changing, it was important for people to keep the balance.

"Your rights come with responsibilities to respect and protect other peoples' rights," Mr Yabaki said.

Other human rights that, even in a state of emergency would not be derogated include freedom from cruel or degrading treatment, freedom from unreasonable searches or seizure, rights of arrested, retained or charged people, and rights to fair trial and access to courts or tribunals.

Human rights defenders and supporters marched the street of the Suva yesterday to mark world human rights day with demonstrators calling for human rights for all.

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