Friday, January 13, 2012

Changes Welcomed but Still Restrictive: Qarase

Fiji Live News
By Mereani Gonedua

Fiji PM Qarase

Fiji’s ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase welcomes any positive decision made by the Bainimarama government but says things are still restrictive.

Speaking to FijiLive Qarase said everything is still restrictive even after the lifting of the Public Emergency Regulations (PER).

He said the real test for the government will be when organisations seek approval for permits and if this is allowed then of course the changes are positive but if it doesn’t then there is no use lifting the PER.

“Lifting the PER and implementing a new Public Order Act is good because government considered the security and well-being of the country but they also have to allow people of their rights before putting in place what is necessay,”he said.

Qarase said the basic human rights like the freedom of assembly should be allowed and addressed in all changes made by the government.

He also said media freedom should be increased so that everyone’s voice could be heard.
Meanwhile Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said all need to work together to move Fiji forward.

“We are all Fijians, and need to work together to look to the future and urge those who are trying to make political malice out of something, which there is not much merit in, to stop doing that and focus on our future. Let’s talk about the real issues,” he added.

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