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Changing Fiji life by decrees – from The Australian

Ratu Sukuna noted the importance of the ‘three-legged stool’ in our traditional way of life – vanua, lotu and matanitu.  Back in the day when they originally fell into cahoots, OmniVore and his Uncle Chodokant cooked up a plan to annihilate the same belove way of life. They realised that Rabuka had only achieved half-baked aims, and as a result Fijian society returned to our three-legged stool. Chodo tried to get at the land, and oh boy, did that backfire on him.  He knows that if Speight hadn’t bumbled onto the scene and made an idiot of himself, Chodo would have been democratically ejected by Parliament’s tabled vote of no confidence.  Realising they can’t do this piecemeal, their plan is to shatter Fiji entirely and try to rebuild our beloved country – heretically – in their own image.

So OmniVore – who will do anything humanly possible to avoid being prosecuted for ordering the murder of the CRW sotia – is systematically attacking each leg. He has already taken over government (even though he is completely incompetent to run the country). He is trying to slowly eradicate the Methodist Church by banning the activities which sustain their flock, and therefore the Church itself. Meanwhile, as the country looks on unawares, they are unpicking the legal framework that dates back to Governor Gordon, and trying to take our Land.

Changing Fiji life by decrees

Rowan Callick, The Australian February 12, 2010 12:00AM

THE Fiji military government’s rush to remould the country is most evident in the militarisation of public life. But a second major thread of this program has now been highlighted: the issuing of decrees.

Three new decrees were promulgated on criminal law last week, taking past 50 the number of such decrees issued since the government abrogated the constitution in April last year.

The latest items are the 126-page Crimes Decree, the 85-page Criminal Procedure Decree and the 19-page Sentencing and Penalties Decree, handed down like the other decrees, becoming law without debate or discussion.

The Crimes Decree extends the geographical jurisdiction beyond Fiji itself. This means offences may be deemed to be committed by any citizen, corporation or resident of Fiji “in any place outside of Fiji”.

Offences may be considered to have occurred partly in Fiji “if a person sends a thing, or causes a thing to be sent from a point outside Fiji to a point in Fiji” or “from a point in Fiji to a point outside Fiji”.

An elaboration of this clause makes explicit that this is aimed in part at internet criticism of the regime, for it specifies that this “thing” might be “an electronic communication”.

The decree defines as a new indictable offence — triable summarily — for which the penalty is up to 10 years’ jail: making any statement or spreading any report, including by the internet, likely to incite dislike or hatred or antagonism of any community, or promoting “feelings of enmity or ill-will between different communities, religious groups or classes of the community, or otherwise prejudices the public peace by creating feelings of communal antagonism”.

It defines as “seditious intention” punishable by seven years’ jail, “an intention to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the government of Fiji to excite the inhabitants of Fiji to attempt to procure the alteration, otherwise than by lawful means, of any matter in Fiji as by law established to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the administration of justice in Fiji to raise discontent or disaffection amongst the inhabitants of Fiji or to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different classes of the population of Fiji”.

This seven-year sentence can apply if a person “utters any seditious words, prints, publishes, sells, offers for sale, distributes or reproduces any seditious publication or imports any seditious publication, unless he has no reason to believe that it is seditious”.

Someone can now be jailed for one year “if without lawful excuse the person has in his possession any seditious publication”.

The new decree creates an offence of sacrilege, punishable by 14 years’ jail, for entering a place of worship and committing “any act of intentional disrespect”. It also imposes jail for up to five years for a person who “pretends to exercise or who practises witchcraft or sorcery”.

The new Criminal Procedure Decree restricts media coverage of committal hearings to the identity of the court, name of the magistrate, name, age and occupation of the accused, summary of the offence, name of the lawyer representing the accused, and whether the accused is in custody or on bail.

Contravention of this restriction means a fine of up to $F10,000 ($5700). The Crimes Decree also strengthens the laws on sexual offences, including making people who hire prostitutes liable to 12 years’ jail.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said these three decrees “put us on a modern step”.

“They help us to ensure that we have a criminal justice system that is fair,” he said.

Workshops have been held for prosecutors to introduce them to the new criminal law framework.

The Rev Akuila Yabaki, the Suva-based chief executive of the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum in Fiji, says the promulgation of so many decrees “is perpetuating the coup culture”.

He pointed out that “a new element of intention is now incorporated into crimes relating to treason. A person committing treason who can justify that they were acting in good faith or that their action was necessary, will now incur a sentence of less than 15 years or could even go free.”

Fresh considerations “mitigate the offence of treason by making it more acceptable in law if it is done with good intentions”.

These provisions also provide a very useful basis for a defence if the military regime is itself overthrown, or eventually concedes the holding of elections — following which its leaders risk incurring treason charges, as happened to George Speight and his leading co-conspirators, still in jail following their 2000 coup.

But failure to report knowledge of treason can now incur life imprisonment.

However, the new Crimes Decree has removed the statute of limitation of two years that was placed on treason, permitting Commodore Frank Bainimarama and his colleagues to be prosecuted, whereas previously they might have escaped prosecution altogether under this loophole.

The next decree to be issued, said military ruler Commodore Bainimarama, is a Media Decree, “to place greater emphasis on responsible reporting. It will encourage the media to re-look at their editorial policies and the contents of their articles and their television programs.”

Another decree, issued late last month, gives the government the power to stop paying pensions to people who criticise the regime, or bring disaffection against the judiciary.

God bless Fiji

Think Outside The Box

The overwhelming disappointment at the UN’s failure to censure Fiji’s illegal government, through banning all peacekeeping missions, has struck a sour note for those who would see Fiji return to the path of democracy.

Are we being too narrow minded in seeking a solution? 

It appears to me that the prime instigators of this illegal regime are

a)     Vore Bainidia

b)    The malodorous Chodokant (who might be crying over spilt milk now, but have no doubts – as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, Chodo is the one pulling Vore’s puppet strings)

c)     The Tui Vuda, who is a few flowers short of a salusalu, if you know what I mean

d)    Soldiers / officers who follow Bainidia because they are scared of what might happen to them if they turn on him, but perhaps if they were assured of safety would happily turn on him

e)     Attorney General MyArse and a handful of fat, corrupt lawyers, some pretending to be judges

f)     A handful of fat, corrupt has-beens with chiefly titles who could not earn themselves a decent living and prefer to live off the labour of others

Thinking outside the box, what if we were to just ask the ANZ governments to send in their troops and just take these f***ers out?  There are so few of them.  It would be easiest thing in the world for properly disciplined forces to step in and neutralise them.  Then appoint a caretaker government to return us to free and fair elections under the 1997 Constitution within 12 months, ensuring the coupsters are brought to justice with a full and fair trial. 

It restores us to democracy more quickly.  It stabilises the region.  It kicks into touch this ridiculous Chindia axis that Bainidia is trying to create.  It saves our natural resources before Vore is able to completely sell them out and devastate our ecology.  Similarly it saves our national resources which Vore is milking dry and hoping none of us will notice.  

But why would the ANZ governments take this kind of action if they see that We The People are not even bothering to register our protest against this regime with marches, strikes and civil disobedience? 

Why should they step up the pace for us if we are not even willing to cast the first stone, except via anonymous blogs? 

Time for public protest, people. 

God bless Fiji

The Madness of King Vore

Ragone, we can piece together a very clear picture of the kind of tyrant, the kind of terrorist who is running (or trying to run) our country.  

The irrepressible Michael Field has written a jaw-dropping piece on Vore‘s history with torture while a seaman on Pinochet’s torture vessel, which is a must read for anyone interested in what’s happening in Fiji today.  

Helpful commentators have revealed why Vore was moved to hold the coup in the first place.  Nothing to do with corruption in SDL’s Coalition government, and everything to do with Andrew Hughes mounting a case against him for the murder of the soldiers supporting Speight’s coup.  This is also backed up by Field’s article.  

We know that Vore’s tactics are basically torture, as dignified sufferers of his treatment, like Ballu Khan, attest.  

And we know that Vore is putting himself up to the next President of Fiji when the ailing Tui Vuda finally succumbs to his illnesses.  

This entire coup is a charade for Vore to avoid going to Court for what he did to the CRW soldiers.  Vore the bully does not want to face the consequences of his actions, and so he has mounted this entire farce, egged on by that opportunist snake the malodorous Chodokant.  And yet we continue to allow this madman to control us through our fear.  The time will come, and may already have passed, where We The People need to decide that some things are just not worth tolerating.  

Discombobulated Bubu’s boiled frog is such a true analogy for what we are allowing to happen to us, our children and our beloved country.  

When is enough, enough?  Free and fair elections – NOW!  Just because Vore is curtailing our rights and freedoms does not mean we can’t fight back.  The time is here for rebellion, resistance, strike action, protests, marches and any action that gives voice to your dissent to this illegal regime. 

God bless Fiji

UN Experts Strongly Condemn the Sacking of Judges in Fiji

20 April 2009  GENEVA — Two United Nations human rights expertsThe Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mr. Leandro Despouy, and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. Frank La Rue strongly condemn the decision of the President of Fiji to dismiss the entire judiciary and the heavy restrictions imposed on the media. “The respect of the independence of the judiciary and freedom of expression are fundamental pillars of the rule of law and democracy”, said the experts.

The experts urged the authorities in Fiji to restore the rule of law by immediately reinstating the judiciary and ending the restrictions placed on the right to freedom of expression and assembly.

On Friday 10 April, the President abrogated the Constitution and declared a state of emergency, following the decision of the Fiji Court of Appeal, which declared that the appointment of the Interim Government after the 2006 coup was illegal.

The President also promulgated the Public Emergency Regulations 2009, which give military and law enforcement officers broad powers on search and arrest, to impose restrictions on freedom of assembly, and to allow censorship of the media. “Judges play a fundamental role in protecting human rights during states of emergency. It is crucial that the judiciary is immediately reestablished”, said Mr. Leandro Despouy, Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers. 

“According to international law, States are permitted to unilaterally derogate from some of their obligations on a temporary basis; however a fundamental requirement for such measures is that they be limited to the extent strictly required by the exigencies of the situation and that States must provide well-considered justification, not only of their decision to proclaim a state of emergency but also of any specific measures based on such a proclamation” the experts added. 

There have been deportations of foreign journalists and arbitrary arrests of journalists and at least one lawyer who has since been released. Moreover, journalists have been summoned by the Ministry of information and warned to restrict the content of their reporting. “Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council as well as other neutral international observers should be allowed to visit the country in order to ensure the respect of the human rights of the population “, Mr. Despouy said.

The experts joined the UN Secretary General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in calling for actions towards the restoration of a legitimate government and constitutional order.

Background
The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mr. Leandro Despouy, has requested on several occasions that the Interim Government of Fiji allow him to undertake an official visit to the country. His last request dates from July 2008. As yet he has not received any response from the Government. The Special Rapporteur would like to take this opportunity to reiterate his interest in undertaking a visit to Fiji. 

  Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  Vivian Lozano, Associate Human Rights Officer, +41.22.917.9377
  Orlagh McCann, Associate Human Rights Officer, +41.22.917. 9738
For inquiries and media requests: press-info@ohchr.org

God bless Fiji

TVNZ : Bainidia Interview With Adrian Stevanon

Clear for all to see what a complete nutty fruitcake we’re dealing with here, and why the foundations of this illegal regime, built on sand, will inevitably fail.  No way could this guy have planned the coup on his own.  With thanks to TVNZ website and FemLink Pacifika. 

AUCKLAND (TVNZ Online/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji‘s military leader spoke to TVNZ’s ONE News on Wednesday about his regime’s crackdown in the Pacific nation.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama has imposed emergency regulations, including the muzzling of media 
 and in his latest move the Fiji dollar has been devalued in a bid to boost tourism.

Pacific reporter Adrian Stevanon spoke to Bainimarama:

*ADRIAN STEVANON*: Is this the Commodore?

*FRANK BAINIMARAMA*: Yes.

*AS: It’s Adrian Stevanon here from ONE News. I was just wondering if I could ask you a few questions about what’s happening in Fiji.*

*FB*: What’s happening in Fiji?

*AS*: *Yes. I heard you on the radio this morning and I was just wondering if I could do my own interview with you.*

*FB*: Sure.

*AS*: *First of all, how long will this state of emergency be in Fiji?*

*FB*: Well, my understanding is that … the state of emergency has been put for a month.

*AS: Why will it be in for that long?*

*FB:* Why?

*AS: Yes.*

*FB:* Well, we’ve been given a fresh mandate by the president in moving Fiji forward and we want everyone to be together, so we don’t want anyone opposing the reforms that we need to come up with. And that is exactly why.

*AS: Isn’t opposition part of what a democratic society is all about?*

*FB*: It is the opposition that has led to the abrogation of the constitution in Fiji, so we want to do away with that kind of opposition. We want to look forward and come up with the reforms that we are going to make.

*AS: Why has the media been censored in Fiji?*

*FB:* Well, that is exactly why.. I thought I answered that question. We really don’t want any negativity around Fiji right now. We want to move forward, take away all the opposition to the reforms that we are going to make.

*AS: What do you think about some of the condemnation that has come internationally about what Fiji’s been doing at the moment or what your regime has done?*

*FB:* Well, I can understand the condemnation about … what’s your name again?

*AS: Adrian.*

*FB:* Adrian, this is to do with us. This is to do with Fiji and we are doing this for people in Fiji. We want to bring about changes and come up with the reforms that will bring about a better Fiji, so you can go ahead with your condemnation, but we need to do this for Fiji.

*AS: Ok, what is the message that you have for New Zealand and Australia?*

*FB:* Well, my message to the New Zealand and Australian people, Adrian, is there is nothing happening in Fiji that should not stop you as a tourist or a visitor to come and visit. Come and enjoy the facilities that we have and the hospitality that we have. There’s nothing to stop you doing that.

*AS: Do you think you have the support of your people?*

*FB*: I certainly have the support of the people, yes.

*AS: How do you know that?*

*FB:* Well, no one has come up and opposed it, Adrian.

*AS: But there have been people who have been speaking out in the media and they have ended up being locked up.*

*FB:* Adrian. The people who have been speaking out, I can count them on the fingers of one hand, I’m not saying there’s five of them, but there are few of them. But we have banded together on this campaign of change that we need to bring about to Fiji so that we can have a better Fiji.

*AS: What does a better Fiji look like?*

*FB:* Hopefully when we finish this exercise, we would have a Fiji without any racist policies, that’s one thing. The reforms that we are going to come up with, including electoral reform, it will be a non-communal base of voting… so we will get rid of the race issue. And we will try and get rid of the corruption issues that have been rife in Fiji.

*AS: Ok, Commodore, why couldn’t you accept the ruling from the Appeal Court that found your government illegal?*

*FB:* Well, the Excellency has made up his mind. He has abrogated the constitution because the ruling would have forced us to go to elections, elections in the old system, which we don’t like. We don’t want to go down that path again, we don’t want an election based on communal voting.

We don’t want an election based on race. We want to move away from that. I’m sure all the Kiwis wouldn’t want to go down that path too, so and we don’t want to go down that path. If we were to accept the decision, we would have gone down that path.

Adrian, you should do me a favour and find out from the three judges how is that they came up with a 52-page judgment in 24 hours? We thought it was going to take them three weeks to sit together and come up with this judgement. I think it’s quite clear this judgement was written long before they got here. They made up their minds before they got here.

*AS: How would you feel if some of your peacekeepers that are overseas are removed from their missions?*

*FB:* How would the NZ government feel if they were removed from their position?

*AS: Well, I can’t speak for them. But I’m asking you, what would your reaction be?*

*FB:* If the Kiwis were removed from UN peacekeeping, I’m sure the people of NZ would be very disappointed.

*AS: So your response, how would you react to that?*

*FB:* I would be very disappointed. But why would we be removed?

*AS: Are you worried about possibly being expelled from the Pacific Forum and the Commonwealth?*

*FB:* Going back to what you were talking about before, why would we be removed from peacekeeping? Is it because you’ve been told by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr McCully, that he is going to go on an agenda to have us removed?

*AS: Not at all. It was just a question.*

*FB:* Oh good.

*AS: How far away are we from seeing new judges in the judicial system in Fiji?*

*FB:* To tell you the truth, Adrian, maybe 24 hours. I really don’t know at this stage, but what is certain, is that the judges are going to be brought back.

*AS: You spoke this morning about a survey that was done. Can you explain how you know you have the support of the people?*

*FB:* We have the charter process. The charter process came up with a 64% majority for the changes we have put forward to them to endorse. So on that note, we know what they want.

*AS: I understand there is a split in your military camp. How are you dealing with that situation?*

*FB:* Well, we have a rugby match this afternoon, Adrian… if there is a split in the camp, we will find out today who is going to be the winner.

*AS: So a rugby game will heal the wounds of the split?*

*FB:* There is no split in the camp.

*AS: Is there anything else you would like to say to the people of NZ and Australia or Fijians living in NZ?*

*FB:* What I want to tell the people of NZ and Australia is don’t believe everything you hear, especially from people like your Foreign Affairs Minister, McCully.

*AS: Could I come and report there?*

*FB:* It depends what you are going to report on (laughs). I’d rather you just ask me questions from NZ and I’ll answer from here.

*AS: Is there any other reason why the foreign media has been kept out?*

*FB*: It’s exactly why there is emergency regulation on. We don’t want any opposition to the reforms we are bringing about, we don’t want any negativity, spreading any rumours or any lies about what we are doing in Fiji. Let me tell you that I and the military who started this campaign long before 2006 and the government and the people who have endorsed the way forward, have nothing but good for Fiji. All we want is to better Fiji.

*AS: I understand, also, that those who are in the public service who are over 55 without a contract, come April 30, may be out of a job. Is that true?*

*FB:* That is one of the changes we have brought about, yes.

*AS: Why is that?*

*FB:* Well, at 55, if you do not know, they collect their pension.. and they are ready to retire… At any rate, it would free up a lot of vacancies for our school leavers to come in and join.

*AS: Finally, why was the Reserve Bank governor sacked?*

*FB:* If you don’t know, when the constitution was taken out, it removed everyone that was appointed under the constitution, including the governor of the Reserve Bank. It was also an opportune time for us to look at the governor of the Reserve Bank and get a better person in and we did and Mr Reddy, who has been in the Reserve Bank for the last 34 years and was the deputy governor for the last 14 years, he has come in at an opportune time and is ready to salvage the economy…

*AS: What was wrong with the last governor’s process?*

*FB:* There was a lot of recommendations that have just appeared now that did not come before that and we’re taking advantage of Mr Reddy’s wise council.

*AS: Was he not doing his job properly?*

*FB:* I’m not saying that. Stop saying things like that…. You finished, Adrian?

*AS: Yes, I am.*

*FB*: Thank you very much

God bless Fiji

Honour Among Thieves? Not That One!

In his excellent piece on NZ3, Pacific journalist Michael Field brilliantly and succinctly brings captures Vore’s stark lack of competence to hold the positions he is assuming in our beloved Fiji. 

Vore’s utter lack of academic achievements, military know-how, combat experience and general malaise in terms of getting any notches on his belt begs the question – who is really behind this coup? Because clearly he would not have been able to survive this long relying purely on his own cunning.  Regular readers of this blog will know that I accuse the malodorous Chodokant, and his shady, mysterious India-based financiers as being the real Masters behind Vore-the-witless-puppet.

Raw Fiji News, ever the leader at sourcing news leads, had reported accounts of Chodo and Vore at a drinks party just before the coup – was it at the Indian High Comissioners? – where Chodo had a few drinks under his belt and was laughing with Vore ‘Don’t worry! Just hold your coup and take over. Why not?” (forgive me RFN, I cannot find the link to this posting, but I recall it).

It’s a pretty safe bet that the planning of the coup was all down to Chodo and his faceless backers. Yes, Vore has ‘improvised’ from time to time, but the main drive, the main strategy, and the main focus of this coup has always been Chodo. Chodo, who consistently manages to blend into the background with Cheney-like inhuman slipperiness.

If rumours are true that Senior members of the military are sufficiently disenfranchised with Vore’s rule and actions that they are considering jettisoning him … then I have a proposal for you, Vore.

Your regime will self-implode, sooner or later. It’s a question of ‘when’, not ‘if’.

Why not take a few lessons from the master of survival himself, the malodorous Chodokant, and start working on your own survival strategy?0

You have a very good chance if you can show plausible deniability.

If you are willing to come forward and confess that the whole idea was Chodo’s and his backers, name names, point the finger, give dates and times of meetings, describing their full plan as it was described to you … then you may have a chance to come out of this smelling a lot better than you deserve.

Why not stab Chodo in the back before he stabs you first? You know he would sacrifice you for his own skin if he was given half a chance. Go on. Stick him first. Fiji is in desolation. The people who are really behind it will have to pay, one way or another. Why should all the blame fall on your shoulders? You really have nothing left to lose except that snake who you know you cannot truly trust.

God bless Fiji