fiji UNCENSORED

May 20, 2009

Youth network expresses disappointment with lawyers’ detention

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 23:52
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PRESS RELEASE

THE  Young People’s Concerned Network is disappointed with actions taken recently by the security forces detaining high profile lawyers because of a blog suggestion that they could be bloggers.

Such suspicion based on almost no facts but a unauthenticated erroneous blog site is totally unprofessional and frivolous.

“The YPCN cannot understand this interim administration nor can it believe the extent of human rights provisions and common courtesy it is willing to bypass in order to settle its own insecurities” says YPCN spokesperson Tomasi Tora.

It’s time we decide on respecting each citizen of this nation regardless of opinions, gender and ethnicities. Human rights is so important and is the measure of any leader – effective and good leaders respect their citizens.

“Youths in Fiji need good respectful leaders and not leaders who allow their citizens to be treated like animals, detaining people for their political opinions is a serious violation,” says Tora. – fiji uncensored

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NZ eases stance on Fiji sports teams

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 23:34

NEWS

NEW Zealand has softened its stance on visiting sports teams from Fiji, says Prime Minister John Key.

The Labour Government banned all visiting Fijian sports teams except the rugby sevens team after Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama’s military takeover of the country in 2006.

Mr Key said his government had “softened” its stance on Fijian sports team since coming to power in last year’s election in November, The Dominion Post reported

“New Zealand has been effectively softening its sanctions in relation to sporting ties and the travel of sports teams.

“To all intents and purposes, since we’ve been the Government we’ve been signing off on sports teams either transiting to New Zealand or coming to engage in sports activities here.”

However, a travel ban remains on members of Bainimarama’s regime and their families going to New Zealand. – fiji uncensored

Stop slinging mud

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 15:35

LETTER

I CAN’T understand why bloggers, either pro-regime or anti-regime, need to use degrading language and stoop to personal attacks just so they can get their point across.

It reminds me of what it is like to attend a political campaign when national elections approach. Everyone is throwing mud at their rivals. If you are an Indian candidate, you blame the “lazy” Fijians, if you are a Fijian candidate, you blame the “selfish” Indians.

We have to realise that whatever side we are on, when this is all over, we will still have to live next to each other.

Sick of getting caught in the middle,
Fiji

Democracy movement says regime has ‘declared war’ on church

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 14:38
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THE Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement blog is reporting a dangerous development in the regime versus Methodist Church situation.

According to the blog, Voreqe Bainimarama has “declared war” on the Methodist Church.

All we need is a response from the church and we will officially have a standoff.

Perhaps we have had a response from Reverend Manasa Lasaro, well, what would count as one given the restrictions of the Public Emergency Regulations.

Despite his recent detention, Rev Lasaro remains unapologetic over the alleged actions which led to his incarceration.

His detention has done little to change his stance though, with Rev Lasaro saying there is a good chance that he will be arrested again. – fiji uncensored

Bainimarama hopeful of international support

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 13:56
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NEWS

COMMODORE Voreqe Bainimarama has told a meeting of African, Caribbean and Pacific ministers he remains hopeful that Fiji’s trading and development partners will appreciate his Government’s efforts to bring genuine democracy to the country.

In a statement  to the 11th Special ACP Ministerial Conference on Sugar in Georgetown, Guyana, Bainimarama said his regime was committed to taking Fiji towards sustainable peace, stability and prosperity and that Fiji had made considerable progress on this in 2007 and 2008.

“The National Council for Building a Better Fiji (NCBBF) finalised the People’s Charter on the basis of feedback received from the people. In mid-December ’08, the People’s Charter was formally submitted to the President.

“His Excellency has subsequently endorsed the People’s Charter and directed the Government to implement it.”

Bainimarama said like many other ACP sugar supplying countries, Fiji’s geographical constraints and size severely affected its ability to enjoy a prolonged and stable level of economic development, without being affected by natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, droughts and earthquakes.

Nevertheless, he said Fiji had been also able to consolidate public finances by taking drastic action.

“Like everyone else, Fiji now has to contend with the unprecedented global financial crisis.

“We sincerely hope that our longstanding trading and development partners will appreciate my Government’s efforts to bring about genuine change to ensure sustainable peace, stability and democracy in our country.” – fiji uncensored

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