Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fiji Military Licensed To Kill in Repressive Public Order Decree

 Posted on Truth for Fiji

Torture Watch Fiji states that Fiji's illegal junta gives state security personnel license to kill under newly introduced Public Order (Amendment) Decree 2012

Read the wording in the Decree to understand the wide ranging powers given to Police and Prison Officers to quell any semblance of protest or opposition against the evil regime in Fiji.
Fiji Dictator & Illegal PM

Fiji now worse off than under PER 

The lifting of the PER by Fiji's illegal and self appointed leader Bainimarama was nothing more than a ruse, intentionally done to deceive the world.  The PER has been replaced by draconian provisions added into the Public Order Decree.  

These new (and illegal) provisions state that no one can "legally" challenge the actions taken by Fiji's brutal and woman bashing dictator (Bainimarama) or his bakewa (parasitic) senior police officers.

Fiji's overun radio broadcasting corporation FBC published on its website yesterday (9 January 2012) that the new measures mean the illegal powers can be exercised without question.  And that NO Court has the power to hear any claim against the dictator and his illegal junta (who are holding Fiji hostage) and, further that if anyone tries to challenge their actions then under the Public Order Decree, the Chief Registrar must immediately terminate proceedings.   

The overrun FBC's website goes on to say that other amendments include the detention of suspected persons for up to 16 days before being charged in Court, stricter laws regarding firearms and weapons and steep increases in fines and jail terms for those found guilty of public order offences.  And in other new sections of the Decree, there're closer controls on anyone suspected of breaking the law and detailed rules for meetings, parades and processions including the use of arms to disperse illegal gatherings.

Bainimarama was never elected by the people of Fiji. The Fiji court of Appeal also ruled that Bainimarama's 2006 coup was illegal.  Therefore these new changes are illegal, so Bainimarama has to go around arresting and bashing everyone who disagrees with his stupid dictatorship, including unarmed defenseless women, and now even arresting a 74 year old women. 

People of Fiji, these new illegal decrees mean that, under Bainimarama's current dictatorship of Fiji, he and his goons can do anything they want to anyone in Fiji, including kidnapping, torture, rape, murder and theft.  Fiji is now worse off than when it was under the PER. 
Fiji Lifts Martial Law, but Installs New Regulations 
 
The New York Times, 
By MATT SIEGEL
Fiji Military - Now Licensed to Kill in New Decree
Dictator Bainimarama and his Killer Protectors
Fiji’s military rulers on Saturday officially lifted a state of martial law that has been in place since 2009, setting the stage for public deliberations on a new constitution and a promised return to democratic elections within the next two years.

However, even as the lifting of martial law was being praised in the capital, Suva, the country’s leader, Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, also known as Frank Bainimarama, announced a raft of new regulations and restrictions that have prompted concerns that his government will pursue the sheen of legitimacy while continuing to silence its critics through force.

Fiji, a former British colony made up of roughly 330 islands in the central Pacific Ocean, has been under military rule since a 2006 coup led by Mr. Bainimarama. The emergency regulations that ended Saturday had greatly expanded police powers, placed government censors in newsrooms and curtailed the rights of nongovernmental organizations and religious organizations to hold meetings.

In a speech on Friday, Mr. Bainimarama announced that the emergency laws, which were enacted after a decision to abrogate the Constitution led the courts to declare his government illegitimate, would end. He said that the emergency powers had given his government time to stabilize the country, which has been troubled by political and ethnic tensions for decades.

His opponents, however, accused the military junta of using its powers to crush dissent and hobble civil society.

“There is nothing more I want than a Fiji with a truly democratic government, one representative of all Fijians,” Mr. Bainimarama said. “For the first time in our history, we are on the path to making this a reality.”

Since gaining independence from Britain in 1970, Fiji has been dominated by four military juntas. But the latest coup and subsequent crackdown isolated the island state, which is a member of the British-led Commonwealth of Nations. Australia and New Zealand have imposed unilateral sanctions, and the country’s membership in the Commonwealth was suspended in 2009.

The governments of both Australia and New Zealand cautiously welcomed the decision to lift the emergency regulations, although they said that any discussion of an end to sanctions or to the country’s regional isolation would be contingent on measurable progress on human rights issues and the development of democracy.

While life will be easier for opposition groups, there is a strong possibility that speech considered inflammatory by the government could still be punished, said Jenny Hayward-Jones, a regional expert at the Lowy Institute, a research organization based in Sydney.

“It seems likely that organizations who were the targets of the Public Emergency Regulations — mostly NGOs, the Methodist Church, prominent individual critics and media outlets — will need to continue to be cautious in whatever comments they make about government in the public domain, because they still stand to be punished under the additional decrees,” Ms. Hayward-Jones said.

In his speech, Mr. Bainimarama compared the new regulations to antiterrorism legislation in the United States and hate crimes legislation in Britain and Australia that forbid inflammatory public speech.


Toward the end of the announcement, however, he stated that no attempts to destabilize the elections or constitutional consultations would be allowed.

“Know that elections cannot be held in an environment devoid of social cohesion and economic stability,” Mr. Bainimarama said. “Know that those who seek to destabilize society only do so to serve their own interests. They do not serve you. Also know that we will not tolerate an iota of disruption to the peace, safety, stability and common and equal citizenry we now enjoy.”



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