May 23, 2009

Law society files removed, decree to nullify functions

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 23:32
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CHIEF Registrar Ana Rokomokoti and seven others have entered the Fiji Law Society Office and removed files and records.

Sources said the group, whose members were all dressed in plain clothes, made its entry before 6pm today.

The incident was also reported earlier on Intelligentsiya although Fiji Uncensored’s account has been independently confirmed.

Fiji Uncensored also understands that a decree to nullify the law society is being drafted and may be introduced as early as Monday.

The Fiji Law Society has been a staunch critic of the regime, recently urging senior lawyers to reject posts offered by the military leadership, arguing that it would undermine the independence of the judiciary system and give legitimacy to the regime.

Law society members also launched protests in Suva and Lautoka soon after the 1997 Constitution was abrogated by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo. – fiji uncensored


Australia ready for tough battle to restore democracy

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 17:57
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AUSTRALIA’S Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says Australia is ready for a “long, hard, tough battle” to restore democratic rule in Fiji.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation website quoted Smith as saying that Australia remained concerned about the situation in Fiji.

“We will do everything we can to return Fiji to democracy and we’ll do that in conjunction with our friends and partners and neighbours in the Pacific,” Smith said.

“We’ll also do it in conjunction with our friends in the Commonwealth.” – fiji uncensored

Follow the march for democracy online

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 15:35
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AN announcement from the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement about tomorrow’s march and rally:

For those of you who cannot make it to Sydney tomorrow, the following two websites will be providing live news updates and photos as the march and rally progresses:

The March for Freedom and Democracy in Fiji will begin on George St in front of the Sydney Town Hall at 2pm before proceeding along Park St to Hyde Park via Elizabeth St. A multi-denominational church service and democracy and freedom rally have also been organised. – fiji uncensored

Australia backs EU’s tough line in canceling Fiji’s sugar aid

Filed under: General — fijiuncensored @ 09:37
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AUSTRALIA has welcomed the “firm line” the European Union is taking on Fiji, saying the cancellation of sugar aid to the Pacific island nation this year was inevitable after the military regime refused to restore democracy.

The European Commission announced recently the cancellation of a grant worth over $71 million because Fiji rejected international calls to hold elections in 2009. In October 2007, the EU had announced that subsidies would be tied to progress toward democracy.

The cancellation “is the inevitable result of the interim government’s failure to return Fiji to democracy,” the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement. “Fiji and its people continue to bear the consequences of the interim government’s intransigent attitude.”

Australia has been one of the harshest critics of Voreqe Bainimarama’s regime and has led international criticism of Fiji since his military coup in December 2006. – fiji uncensored

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