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ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said that her recent visit to Fiji brought home the severity of the anti-union decrees which were issued last year.

International Trade Union movement warns Fiji: a military Constitution cannot be accepted

13 January 2013: The International Trade Union Confederation today called for international condemnation of Commodore Bainamarama’s rejection of Fiji’s draft Consitiution which would restore rights and freedoms to the island nation.

The democracy and rights and freedoms of all Fijians are under threat, and the military-led regime is standing in the way of Fijian democracy.

Despite 7000 submissions and the drafting of a Bill of Rights that would restore democracy to Fiji, the military has starkly rejected the Ghai draft, despite international concern.

The Constitution was an opportunity to overturn recent restrictions on rights and freedoms in the form of Decrees set forth in December 2012 which saw media censorship, increased military powers and imposition of heavy restrictions on the rights and freedoms of Fijians.

ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said that her recent visit to Fiji brought home the severity of the anti-union decrees which were issued last year.

“It is clear that the Fijian people are suffering under the injustices of a repressive and controlling military regime. The Constitution was a chance to restore rights to Fijians and the fight for those rights is not over yet.

Fiji’s unions, led by the FTUC and supported by key civil society figures, yesterday launched a fight back with the launch of a new political party, a party that will be multi-racial and inclusive of young people and communities.

“The military-led regime has systematically repressed the important role that human rights defenders, trade unions and a free media play in civil society; and individuals who criticize the government now face harsher penalties and in some cases, lifetime imprisonment. The FTUC is determined to stand up for democratic rights and freedoms but international governments can also do more.

“If Commodore Bainamarama is not committed to a rights based constitution, an independent transition to democratic elections then he must be recpgnised by the international community for the dictator he is and stripped of all recognition including his role as chair of the G77.

“Fijian workers and civil society leaders are determined to take back democratic rights and freedoms. The ITUC stands with them,” said Ms Burrow

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20 thoughts on “ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said that her recent visit to Fiji brought home the severity of the anti-union decrees which were issued last year.

  1. Democracy advocates in Fiji will certainly need some active support from international bodies like the International Confederation of Trade Unions.

  2. Thank you Ms Burrows. We need international multi-pronged actions against the illegal military Govt in Fiji to have some denting effects .

    International labour organisations can bring the illegal Govt to its knees.

    Good idea, you raised, if pressures can be put on G77 to dump Bhainimaramah from its chairmanship as he is not a fit person to be chairing anything above his village council. He is a sure candidate for International Court actions for crimes against humanity for the murders and tortures on Fijians he is responsible for.

    I suggest that a good techtical approach by SDL, Labour Party and Badoes etc to apply for registration in next elections and Committee to draft replacement Constitution……because the illegal Regime will surely expose itself more to international and local condemnation and dig deeper its own grave by punishing these old political dogs.

  3. if ITUC general -secretary sharran burrows has only come to realise the severity of the anti-trade union decrees AFTER her recent visit to fiji then that shows the failure of the system in place within the international trade union movement. In this day and age why should it be necessary for anybody to come to Fiji to know shit is happening here – big time?!
    You all need to do a whole lot better then that!

  4. The Government is inviting local and overseas companies to register their interest in supplying items such as ballot boxes, polling kits, ink, voting booths and voting screens.

    A government statement says companies should submit Expressions of Interest to the Acting Permanent Secretary, Mere Vuniwaqa, by February 28th.

    Only companies that register will be able to lodge tenders to supply those materials when the tender deadlines are eventually announced.

    Attorney General and Minister Responsible For Elections, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said interested companies would be required to meet several accepted international standards.

    These include being registered suppliers with the United Nations General Marketplace, guaranteeing to meet supply deadlines and providing warranties for the goods provided.

    Sayed-Khaiyum said the Government is determined not only to meet its election deadline of September 2014 but to conduct the poll to the very highest international standards.

  5. I am just wondering why the International Confederation of Trade Unions and the international communities are not doing enough to pressure the illegal regime and bring it down to its knees. This is an opportune time to do so and accelerate the return to democracy that the illegal regime has been evading all along.

  6. Every time these as oles (PM & AG) speak they talk about “accepted international standards” but in reality they do the exact opposite of so called standards.

  7. The Tender of bogus ballot papers, Ballot Box and other logistical supplies has already been awarded to Anty Nur Bajaro Bano. The advertisement is just a show just like the Ghai Commission.

  8. Forwarded Message —–
    From: Rajen Naidu
    To: australian ; rajen
    Sent: Monday, 14 January 2013 2:55 PM
    Subject: what Fiji needs – a response

    Editor,
    Contrary to the claims of the expatriate Australian Graham Davis – the self-style “independent” journalist who is working as a paid propagandist for the Fiji Military Regime – Fiji will not have a “genuine democracy” if the Fiji Military continues to have its arbitrary and dictatorial rule by decree way. ( Graham’s letter ‘what Fiji needs’ the Australian 14/1).
    This is the view even of some erstwhile staunch supporters of military regime and its purported plans to build a ” better Fiji ” and a “true democracy”.The six unchallenged years of its arbitrary rule show very little evidence of that. Instead there is now a widespread conviction that the military rulers are entrenching themselves in power and merely paying lip service to returning the country to democratic rule. Most independent observers and fact finding missions to Fiji have drawn this conclusion. (This is why subsequent fact finding missions have been denied entry into the country).
    Graham Davis clearly does not qualify as an independent observer. His views are predictable. He is on the regime’s payroll.
    His praise for the Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr is misplaced. He wants us to believe it’s to Mr Carr’s “credit that he appears willing to listen to his Fijian counterpart’s explanation” on the trashing of international constitution law expert Professor Yash Ghai’s draft constitution..I would contend Mr Carr has a duty to listen to the voice of the opposition and the voice of the people of Fiji to get a proper explanation on things. Listening to his “Fijian counterpart” is tantamount to behaving in the way third world African and Arabian leaders have dealt with the dictators in their midst. Their behaviour almost invariably did more harm then good because it helped to prop up the dictators.
    How is the situation in Fiji different?
    Is Fiji still not under a military dictatorship six years after the takeover to create a “genuine democracy”?
    Graham Davis is trying to sell us “castles in the air” with his talk about “first genuine democracy in Fiji’s history”.
    People with their feet firmly on the ground will not buy what Graham’s selling.
    It’s counterfeit .
    sincerely,
    Rajend Nai

  9. The Australian and New Zealand governments should now play the lead role among the international communities to pressurising the illegal regime to adhere to the will of the majority and return the country to the 1997 Constitution rule. They should suspend all trades with Fiji and stop their people from visiting Fiji. Consequently, I have no doubt that within 3 months the illegal regime will collapse.

  10. Every fiji anti government suckers are asking international community like the international Trade UNions, the overseas governments etc to step in and help bring the current government…….

    hahahahaaaaa…..What a JOKE?

    When you fijians are so lamusonalevu, have no guts, no balls to fight your own battle like having peaceful protest marches etc. against the government, then WHY should international community/orgainsations step in to help you bastards?

    You gutless fijians can only loot/rob/burn down shops/houses belonging to poor farmers in VIRIA/MANUWENI in Natsaisiri etc when the previous coup plotters were behind you with the guns….hahahaha

    What now you gutless bastards?

    Face the military you lamusonas.Why begging for help from international community when previously Democracy to you fijians was a foreign flower.

  11. Australia’s Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, says he can understand why Fiji’s interim government would reject aspects of the draft constitution. “The notion, for example, of a largely unelected national people’s assembly comprised principally of non-government organisations sitting alongside the parliament is something I can’t think of enjoying precedence anywhere else in the constitution of a democratic country,” he said.

    “The re-creation of an unelected Great Council of Chiefs would seem to give rise to the suggestion that ethnic divisions in the country were going to be exaggerated by new constitutional arrangements.

    “I can find it understandable that the interim government has objected to both these features of the draft constitution presented to it.”

    How it must hurt Burrow’s having to read this knowing that Australia has listened and understands the issues on the table in Fiji. While New Zealand has backed its old friend Samoa (Note to McCully, you picked the wrong team)

    And I’m sure that Burrow’s is an expert on the conditions of workers and human rights in Fiji, after all she spent the weekend here and all from a conference room in a 5 star resort. Burrow’s you need to worry more about your own back yard mate as your puppets in the Labour party seem to be singing to their own tune.

  12. Adios Amigo well you got that little prediction wrong didn’t you. Australia just backed Fiji and it gets better. The G77 starts tomorrow and Fiji gets the support of 132 countries. WOW. Read it an weep.. LOSER!!~~

  13. http://www.fijileaks.com

    CARRYING ON REGIME’S PROPAGANDA AGAINST DRAFT GHAI CONSTITUTION:
    BOB CARR, the UNELECTED Australian senator and Minister of Foreign Affairs “bobbying” against Great Council of Chiefs and National Peoples Assembly: “The notion, for example, of a largely unelected national people’s assembly comprised principally of non-government organisations sitting alongside the parliament is something I can’t think of enjoying precedence anywhere else in the constitution of a democratic country. The re-creation of an unelected Great Council of Chiefs would seem to give rise to the suggestion that ethnic divisions in the country were going to be exaggerated by new constitutional arrangements. I can find it understandable that the interim government has objected to both these features of the draft constitution presented to it.”

    By VICTOR LAL
    BOBBYING is the act of stripping down into your bra and underwear then running down the street. The Australian Foreign Minister and unelected Senator Bob Carr is fortunate that the world’s leading constitutional lawyer Professor Yash Ghai drafted a new Constitution for Fiji. For if Ghai’s Draft Constitution was for Australia, Carr would have been stripped of his positions and sent packing out of Australian parliament. The Ghai Constitution has recommended the abolition of Senate in his Draft, a recommendation which the illegal regime has wholeheartedly embraced, and which Carr has cleverly avoided commenting on in his recent interview with ABC News television in Australia. Instead, Carr is carrying on perpetuating the Fiji regime’s propaganda against certain features of the Draft constitution, namely the National Peoples Assembly and the role of the now defunct Great Council of Chiefs. Carr has opted not to comment on the fact that the unelected and military appointed President Epeli Nailatikau had no legal power to do what he did: his job was merely to act as a post office – to receive the Draft Constitution, store it, and pass it onto the proposed Constituent Assembly, that was to be chosen by the unelected Prime Minister of Fiji and coupist Voreqe Battan Bainimarama. In his treasonous address to the nation Nailatikau pointed out that “The Australian constitution which was drafted over 110 years ago has only had 8 amendments to it since its inception. It has endured the test of time.” It is time the Australians amended their Constitution, abolished Senate, stripped unelected Bob Carr of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, and send him running down the streets of Sydney. They could hire the world’s leading constitutional authority Professor Yash Ghai to help them subject Bob Carr to Australia’s own “constitutional strip show” – one hundred and ten years is too long a wait to carry on with unelected Senator Bob Carr.

    “It is time the Australians amended their Constitution, abolished Senate, stripped unelected Bob Carr of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, and send him running down the streets of Sydney. They could hire the world’s leading constitutional authority Professor Yash Ghai to help them subject Bob Carr to Australia’s own “constitutional strip show” – one hundred and ten years is too long a wait to carry on with unelected Senator Bob Carr” – Victor Lal
    Picture
    Back-door Australian senator with illegal A-G Khaiyum
    Australian media:”In a shock announcement, former NSW premier Bob Carr will join the Senate and take the role of Foreign Affairs Minister. Prime Minister Julia Gillard revealed her new cabinet today after a week of speculation… She said that she had spoken to Mr Carr late yesterday morning and had made him the offer. Mr Carr said that Ms Gillard had made him an offer he could not refuse.”You don’t choose the moment; very often the moment chooses you,” he told reporters in Canberra today. Mr Carr admitted that he had been “churned up” by “warring emotions” over the decision. He noted that he had been out of public life for six years – but said that Ms Gillard’s voice had “roused him” from his slumber.” March 2012

    Read Unelected Senator Carr’s support of Regime’s actions HERE

    “The abolition of the Senate allows for a larger single house. Despite what many people told the Commission, the Draft Constitution provides for 71 members. This number takes account of the diversity of the country, wide dispersal of the population, and the need to ensure an effective opposition and effective parliamentary committees. There will be a leader of the opposition.” The Ghai Constitution

  14. Victor lal you too right. Bob carr would find this rustic Indian saying quite illuminating : when you have shit sticking to your backside don’t point to the shit sticking to other peoples’ backside. clean your shit first before point out the shit on others. The UNELECTED Senator would do well to keep this in mind.

  15. The lack of will to act decisively against coup perpetrators since the first one in 1987 is perpetuating the coup culture in Fiji. So I believe Australia and NZ are guilty of aiding and abetting in this treasonous actions carried out by rouges and criminal elements in the military by playing along with the illegal regimes ruse of doing a clean-up, modernising Fiji and returning to democracy and all that crap. This is why the regime is gaining strength by the day as their attrocities just pass without any reaction. This is tantamount to accepting bad behaviour.

    Now that the regime has shown itself for what it is – a big liar, reaction from the 2 big brothers are rather muted and still accomodative of dialogue. Isn’t it evidence enough that the regime is lying and is not sincere about all its promises of all sorts. The regime only know the language of hard talk and hard actions. Do unto them what they do to others. Unfortunately our big brothers are softies and do not know how to be hard when it is required.

  16. @ Vegas. Only the Fiji Military are big lamusonas. Tell them to put down their guns and lets fight with our fist like really men, including u vegas arse hole.

  17. @Vegas. The anti regime bloggers are not losers. We will continue to fight until we win the battle. That day will come soon.

  18. Bob Carr says he understands. We know he doesn’t. He doesn’t have a clue what is really going on in Fiji . I am now not even sure he knows Fiji is under military rule!!

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