Wednesday, February 03, 2010

NZ Green MP Doubts Sedition Decree in Fiji

Radio New Zealand International, 03 February, 2010

New Zealand’s Green Party says the extension of sedition and incitement laws in the updating of Fiji’s penal code is not the best way to ensure stability.


Fiji’s Crimes Decree was drawn up by the interim government and came into effect this month. It includes detailed sedition and incitement offences. The New Zealand Green Party’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Keith Locke, who has campaigned against sedition laws in this country, says the interim regime is not choosing the right way forward:

“Their policies and their clamp down on dissent is undermining the stable structures in Fiji and if your are talking about disrupting stability it is the regime that’s most to blame.”

The New Zealand Green Party’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Keith Locke.

Introducing the decree last year, Fiji’s interim Attorney General said the updating of the Penal Code was needed to modernise Fiji’s crimes law and bring them into line with international obligations over such things as women’s and children’s rights.


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