Wednesday, September 07, 2011

UN Could Play a Part Investigating Human Rights Abuse in Fiji

The UN could play a part investigating human rights abuses in Fiji according to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.

NZ PM John Key says: 
"All I can say is that last night we had an extensive conversation amongst leaders, there was a view expressed that the UN might be able to play a role in terms of examining human rights abuses."
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said that was a possibility but would have to be decided by the UN Human Rights Council.

This is uplifting news from the UN Chief and work must be dedicated now at gathering information and data to present to the UN Human Rights Council. I do know work has been ongoing by pro-democracy groups such as Amnesty International, collating information from those victimised by the illegal regime in Fiji. But with the indication above from the UN Chief, while attending the PI Forum in Auckland, there is now hope that the illegal regime can now be subjected to a UN investigation for the inhumane and degrading treatment of its citizens following the December 2006 coup.

In the story below, it is also high time that the UN stop deploying Fiji soldiers as UN peacekeepers abroad. Surely they can't be keeping the peace abroad while they act as agents of the illegal regime back home in terrorising and repressing the people of Fiji. Where is the logic and morality in that?

This would be the sentiments of the protesters marching in Auckland today in support of democracy in Fiji to coincide with the Pacific Forum meeting and, as a bonus, the attendance of key figures such as the UN Chief, Commonwealth Secretary General and EU Foreign Policy Chief.

Therefore the UN Chief needs to escalate efforts to get other nations to replace any of the Fiji soldiers currently deployed as peacekeepers by the UN. If it is to retain its moral high ground and legitimacy as a global body, the UN must be seen to be upholding its own principles and charter when applied to a rogue state as Fiji.

Bainimarama and his murderous thugs who have been terrorising and repressing the people of Fiji must answer for their crimes.

Read below a news article on the opening of the Pacific Islands Forum.

07 September 2011

Pacific Forum: Key says Fiji family, but estranged

There will be no vote on whether Fiji should be returned to the Pacific Islands Forum fold despite claims that is what some countries want.
Kiribati President Anote Tong today called for Fiji to be restored to the Pacific Islands Forum and told media there was more support for it than people knew.
But New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said there had been consensus that the current exclusion of Fiji was the right stance.
He said he was not trying to suppress leaders talking about it, but Fiji's exclusion was not on the formal agenda.
He agreed the Pacific nations were a family and said that's why the other leaders were distressed.
Equally, there was agreement that democracy needed to be restored, he said.
"All I can say is that last night we had an extensive conversation amongst leaders, there was a view expressed that the UN might be able to play a role in terms of examining human rights abuses."
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said that was a possibility but would have to be decided by the UN Human Rights Council.
In an emotional statement, Tong called for Fiji to come back, saying the people of Fiji do not deserve the exclusion from the 16 nation body.
The forum opened in Auckland this morning with Key earlier saying he would be very surprised if Pacific nations pushed for Fiji's re-entry.
Outside Auckland's Sky City convention centre a small, but vocal group of pro-democracy protesters called for elections in Fiji.
About a dozen police were keeping them back from the venue.
Tong told reporters he would be pushing for Fiji's re-instatement.
"We must continue to engage," he said, adding he had raised it this morning with other leaders.
"If you have six children and one is a bad young boy, do you kick him out, you don't, you never do, because we are a family and we must act like a family," Tong said.
"Fiji is part of this family. Our task is to bring Fiji back like any child."
Asked if other leaders supported him, he said they would not say publicly.
But if it came to a vote, they would restore Fiji. Asked how many would vote in favour, he said: "More than I think we all know."
The Pacific Islands Forum opened this morning with the group of leaders visiting The Cloud on Auckland's waterfront, holding up traffic as the motorcade passed.
Police spokesman inspector Gary Allcock said motorists in the central city should allow more time for their journeys, factoring in the forum and the Rugby World Cup which kicks off on Friday.

Police are urging drivers to be patient, and the council is warning the people not planning to celebrate the World Cup to leave the city to leave by 3.30pm on Friday.
With more than 50,000 fans in the city and 60,000 expected at Eden Park, Auckland Transport officials warned that Friday is going to be one of the busiest days Auckland has experienced and suggested people come up with alternate routes.
Quay St and the surrounding area will be closed, restrictions will be in place around Eden Park and public transport timetables have been changed.
On Monday, thousands of Tongan fans clogged the streets in Epsom after they greeted their heroes at the airport, forcing police to close toads and divert traffic.
The forum is being attended by presidents and prime ministers from 15 Pacific countries, including Prime Minister John Key and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Cloud on Queen's Wharf this morning for the opening.
Forum secretary general Tuiloma Neroni Slade said the issues of climate change and education were among the most pressing for the region.
He said he hoped the Rugby World Cup was a success, and the results for the Pacific states also.
Key said tourism, energy, fisheries and education were the areas where the Pacific region could make a difference quickly.
He said New Zealand was honoured to be hosting the forum.
"We are committed to strengthening relations with our closest neighbours in the Pacific, and we see the Pacific Islands Forum as one of the best ways to do that."
He hoped people would enjoy not only Auckland and the forum but also the Rugby World Cup.
United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon said he was delighted to be the first in his role to attend a Pacific Forum.
"I think you very much for this kind invitation."
He acknowledged the Pacific region had been over looked at times.
"I share your conviction that your countries should not be seen as places with problems but as islands of achievement," he told Pacific leaders.
Green MP Catherine Delahunty held up a sign calling for West Papua independence and was asked to stand back by security.
Leaders walking into the venue were greeted by the pupils of Mt Roskill Primary School - the nation's most multi ethnic school.
Gillard and Key stopped and joined in as the children, dressed in a colourful variety of Pacific and Asian national costumes, performed a lively Ten Guitars on their ukuleles.
Ban, like others, smiled broadly at the kids.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown gave up on the formalities while leaders listened to the music.
Following the opening, the Pacific leaders will this afternoon sit down for a formal session to finalise a communique on issues ahead for the region.
The leaders will tomorrow travel to Waiheke Island and an all day retreat at a vineyard.
Today's opening is the first major event for the Cloud - also known as the Rugby World Cup's Party Central.
The venue and the huge television screens appeared to work faultlessly, although the sound system was tested by nearby Waitemata ferries.


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