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Professor Ghai said though they are in place, restrictions should be justified.

Restrictions should be justified: Ghai

May 10, 2012 08:56:28 AM
Fiji's Constitutional Commission chairman Professor Yash Ghai at a press conference at the Parliament Complex in Suva. He left the country yesterday.Photo: Avikash Chand.
Fiji’s Constitutional Commission chairman Professor Yash Ghai at a press conference at the Parliament Complex in Suva. He left the country yesterday.Photo: Avikash Chand.

Fiji’s Constitutional Commission chairman Professor Yash Ghai said government should justify restrictions and that restrictions currently in place should not hinder public consultations they will carry out.

Professor Ghai told a press conference yesterday the Commission hopes to carry out transparent public consultations towards the drafting of a new Constitution.

“I am not aware of the situation, but with regards to the drafting of the Constitution process, we still hope to hear from all members of the public who wish to make their submissions towards the Constitution consultation.”

Professor Ghai said though they are in place, restrictions should be justified.

“I do not know the situation in Fiji but I hope that authorities will have a view that is of the law and bear in mind that restrictions should not attain to human rights,” he said.

When asked whether the meetings restrictions in place would in any way hinder the public consultations they (Constitutional Commission) would carry out, Professor Ghai said notifications would be more proper than permits.

“Restrictions are not universal in a democratic country but to have some restriction for good reasons is important and balance is needed.”

Professor Ghai left the country yesterday.

By Keresi Nauwakarawa

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11 thoughts on “Professor Ghai said though they are in place, restrictions should be justified.

  1. What a hogwash! He knows as well as everybody else that we do not have the rule of law but the rule of Khaiyum’s decrees. Restrictions should be justified? Is it that easy? Up until now, the junta has justified restrictions with nonsense such as fighting disaffection against the regime and the like. Perhaps this gentlemen should go to Kenya where the politicians are as corrupt as the lot we suffer under. There is a lot to do there.

  2. ghai dont need to consulta nayone in fiji- no one.

    the tikolevu goon at fmf knows what will be in the constitution so get him to make it.

  3. The country is still under a cloud of fear of the military and it’s backers.This is not the right time and the right atmosphere to have a new constitution written.It will be like the people”s charter,forced down our throat with soldiers going around with the teams.The input of the people will never be heard not with this military govt in place.This constitution gonna be just another decree forced upon the people.God please save our country from this said savious.

  4. Tikolevu can make the conistuition.

    why all this crap.

    he speak like a expert on consitution- no school dumb fool

  5. Radio Gitawa.

    So why did the Ghai leave?

    Boy as days goes by it seems you relapse into your anthropophagus ways where you loose your nous.

    Where the frick do you think he’ gone to?

    Oh hang on a minute, maybe to meet simple Simon do you think or that sausage maker?

  6. Professor Bullmacow, how are they gonna justify restrictions?…Without consultations and/or the mandate of the people, all restrictions (Decrees) are opressive because they have been made by an illegal military led Government, formed through an ugly coup.

    As long as these restrictions (Oppreive decrees) remain in force, and restrict basic human rights, freedom of expressions, rights to justice, etc, there can be no FREE and FAIR CONSULTATIONS FOR YOU SO CALLED NEW CONSTITUTION. I call for the old constitution to be reinstalled, and all those that have comitted treason to face the death penalty, and unlike George speight, this time it should not to comuted to Life imprisonment.

    We dont want your Bullshite constitution, thank you.

  7. Next exhibit:
    Ghai – “Restrictions are not universal in a democratic country but to have some restriction for good reasons is important and balance is needed.”

    Translation: What Aiyaz & Shaista Shameem have said since 05 December 2006…meaning your liberties are their’s/ours to limit as and when we see fit and that is non-negotiable.

    Conveniently they contract selective amnesia on the premise that our liberties, freedoms and the reasonable limits are already provided for in the 1997 Constitution.

  8. Next exhibit:
    Ghai – “I do not know the situation [of restrictions] in Fiji but I hope that authorities will have a view that is of the law and bear in mind that restrictions should not attain to human rights,”

    Translation: I have a treasonous mandate by the illegal and treasonous regime to entice the voting populace to participate in a unconstitutional process and pretend that I can re-create a ‘parliament’ aka the constituents assembly that we can later argue in court is just as good as a parliament which is our escape route from section 190 of the 1997 Constitution.

    Therefore I turn a blind eye to the realities on the ground and I have no desire to ground-truth them either which is why I am leaving the country.

  9. @ Ratu Kaikoso

    “So why did the Ghai leave?” – I asked the question because I wanted to know an answer, not your views on whether or not sausages may have been involved in his departure.

    And why are you always bringing your talk about you and your need for sausages, Sai? Isn’t there an online community for you somewhere else? Why bring your questions about you, sausages and ‘simon’ (is that some strange “code” for Prof Ghai?!?). Seriously. Not appropriate.

  10. Professor Ghai is no stooge of anyone. he is a well known international professional who has helped some countries in making their constitution.

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