Friday, March 16, 2012

Another Paramount Chief Stands Up To Removal of GCC by Dictator Bainimarama

It is great to see Chiefs in Fiji lining up in their opposition to the dictatorial manner in which Dictator Bainimarama has abolished the Great Council of Chiefs and trashed other Fijian institutions. Now it is the Roko Tui Dreketi as the paramaount head of the Burebasaga confederacy. This follows on the similar stance by the paramount head of the Tovata confederacy,Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, and other chiefs and political leaders in Fiji. Other Pacific leaders such as the Samoan PM, have also spoken out at the actions of Bainimarama and his illegal regime over the direction and intention of its constitution consultation process.

Radio NZ International News

Call for UN to intervene in Fiji over indigenous rights
Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa

The paramount chief of Fiji’s Rewa province is calling for the United Nations to intervene over what she describes as an erosion of democracy in her country.

Ro Teimumu Kepa says the decision by the interim prime minister to dissolve the Great Council of Chiefs, along with his assumption of responsibility for appointing chairs of provincial councils, contravene indigenous rights.

Ro Teimumu thinks there’ll be an acceleration of similar decisions, right down to village level, in the formulation of a new constitution.

“This is a case I believe that UN body should be looking into. It’s all part of the same thing that will determine their long life in their autocratic ways of dealing with people in Fiji.”

Ro Teimumu Kepa says the Great Council of Chiefs has stood all of Fiji’s people - not just the indigenous Fijians - in good stead.

She also says the 2006 coup has only lasted so long because the regime suspended the council shortly after it took power.

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