World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Fiji Military Government To Make New Constitution

Fiji Military Government To Make New Constitution

Editor,

We learn from Asia pacific editor Rowan Callick's article 'military rewrites new Fiji charter (the Australian 11/1) that the Fijian government will rewrite the draft constitution after unceremoniously dumping the draft made by the internationally renowned constitution expert it had engaged to do the job.

The Constitution commission chaired by Professor Yash Ghai "worked through 7000 submissions and meetings throughout Fiji last year" to produce his draft " but last month police burnt proofs and seized 599 copies of the draft, as Prof. Ghai watched[impotently]".

Now the government's legal team will " finalise a new constitution within three weeks - and may be expected to reflect substantially [wholly?] the army's own submission to the commission that wrote the draft".

This strange turn of events raises some perplexing questions.

Why was the constitution expert of international fame engaged in the first place? Was it a masquerade, a front to gain international funding support and international approval for the legitimacy of the constitution making process? Many critics have pointed this out to be the case from the very outset.

Where is the sense in spending so much time, energy, money and resources on making a draft constitution only to trash it upon its completion?

Why has the Fiji Military government trashed Prof. Ghai's draft constitution?

Is it because it did not accord the Fiji military the status it sought in the new constitution and the new framework of governance of the country?

Was Prof. Ghai's draft consigned to the rubbish heap because it sided with the people of Fiji and their call for democracy rather then with the military and its demand for the concentration of power in its hands?

So what kind of constitution can the government's own legal team come up with? The kind the Fiji military and it's commander Frank Bainimarama ( the 2006 coup leader) now overlapping as Prime Minister wants. That's not such a difficult thing to deduce, is it?

The people of Fiji and the international community are entitled to honest answers to these questions - and more.

Sincerely,

Rajend Naidu

Sydney

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN Health Agency Responds To Ebola Spike

UN health agency responds to Ebola spike by deploying team on border of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau More>>

UN Casts Israel As World's Worst Violator Of Health Rights

Israel's army team of medics recently treated 1,600 victims of the Nepal earthquake. More>>

W Thousands Flee Syria’s Besieged Historic City Of Palmyra

As thousands flee Syria’s besieged historic city of Palmyra, UN refugee agency readies response plan More>>

UN Agency To Halt Housing Allowance For Palestine Refugees

Lack of funds forces UNRWA to suspend cash assistance for housing for Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon. Photo: UNRWA/Shafiq Fahed More>>


Bangkok: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphophia

BMA, UN, embassy representatives, civil society and artists stand united with LGBTI Thais on International Day against Transphobia, Homophobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre More>>

Displaced Iraqis Face Difficulties As Fighting Continues

UNHCR is concerned about the processing arrangements in place at the Bzabz bridge – a series of pontoons across the Euphrates River which marks the boundary between Anbar province and the capital, Baghdad. Photo: UNHCR/G. Ohara More>>

UNESCO Chief Condemns Killing Of Bangladeshi Blogger

Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz The head of the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom worldwide today voiced ... More>>

Philadelphia: Train Crash

Five people have been confirmed dead and more than 136 people injured after an Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia today at 9.20pm local time.More>>

UN News: Alarming Surge In Bay Of Bengal Crossings

The number of irregular migrants crossing the Bay of Bengal has almost doubled over the past year amid a dangerous uptick in human smuggling and trafficking across the region, according to a new report from the United Nations refugee agency. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news