Friday, January 29, 2010

Australia's Travel Bans To Remain In Place

Intelligentsiya - 29 January 2010


Australia has ruled out easing travel bans on the Fiji regime as long as there is a lack of progress towards returning Fiji to democracy and the rule of law.

The foreign ministry in Canberra says it has noted a paper by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute which calls on Australia to change its stance towards Fiji.

It says as soon as the Fiji interim government takes credible and concrete steps to return Fiji to democracy and the rule of law, consideration will be given to moderating travel and other sanctions.

It says travel sanctions, which apply to less than one per cent of Fiji’s population, remain an effective means of encouraging a return to democracy and the rule of law in Fiji.

Canberra has also ruled out a resumption of defence cooperation as the military commander, Commodore Bainimarama, leads an interim government which the Fiji courts have declared unlawful.

The ministry says Fiji’s suspension from the Forum and involvement in PACER Plus is a matter for the entire region to decide upon

It also says Fiji continues to benefit from privileged access to Australian markets, and Australia remains the largest foreign investor in Fiji, one of its top trading partners and its major source of tourism.

Clamp-down on Media and Lawyers in the pipeline

The military regime is ultra-paranoid about what the media and the legal fraternity can do to possibly jeopardise their one-sided and farcical national forum dialogue. So they move ahead with more concrete muzzling strategies that take effect from next month.

The media will be told how to do their jobs via a Criminal Procedure Decree, while legal practitioners now have another illlegal body policing how they go about their business.

A regional media freedom watchdog, Pacific Freedom Forum, has already lambasted the military regime's intent to curb media freedom in Fiji.

The chief instigator of all things decreed and illegal in Fiji, Aiyaz Saiyed Khaiyum attempts to placate fellow legal practitioners by saying:
“Being a professional person, if you carry out your work professionally according to the rules and ethics set, then you would not have a concern about the Tribunal. I think those who are probably concerned about this would be people who may not necessarily be adhering to legal rules and codes of conduct.”
Khaiyum probably doesn't really listen to the garbage that comes out of his mouth.

It is more likely that the majority of the legal practitioners who they're trying to muzzle know their profession and appreciate what the legal terms "illegal" & "treason" mean, far better than he and his ex- military legal divisionpartner's in crime -- Ana Rokomokoti and Aca Raiyawa -- ever will.

Who's Importing All The Sri Lankans?

In a very hush-hush move, the very illegal President yesterday swore in two more judicial officers from Sri Lanka.

Who could be facilitating all these imports into our courts?

The illegal CJ Tony Gates has links to Sri Lanka and personally went across to make the pitch to the Sri Lankan Govt. We also suspect that FNPF Board Member, Ajith Kodagoda, who is also the Sri Lankan consul here (as well as the Chief Financial Officer of CJ Patel) could also be involved.

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