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SODELPA …….Countering the pro-regime propaganda.

STATEMENT No 21: SODELPA’S POSITION ON MATTERS MISREPRESENTED BY THE MEDIA

DATE ISSUED:  August 22 2014

 

Over the past few weeks certain sections of the media have set their sights on SODELPA through a number of issues. Those concerned have mounted a relentless effort to portray us as something other than a political party with sound values and principles. This is pro-regime propaganda.

It is quite extraordinary that the same media have nothing to say about the usurpers of our democracy, the draconian decrees they have in place, the plight of the 13 families [now 14 with the death of the robbery suspect while in Police custody], whose loved ones were killed, or the numerous citizens whose rights have been abused, with many of them subjected to beatings and other forms of torture, torment and persecution.

SODELPA will seek answers from these aiders and abettors of treason after the elections, but for now, I wish to state our position on the various issues that the media have, in our view, deliberately misconstrued.

  1. Christian State

The SODELPA constitution and Manifesto do not call for a Christian State. What we say is that as a government, we will conduct ourselves based on Christian principles and values. These are values shared by all the world’s great religions.

We are commanded to love our neighbors and do to others as we would have them do to us.  We are required to forgive and to be merciful. We must care for the poor, the sick, the homeless, the forgotten and those in need. We must seek truth and social justice. These are the principles and values by which we shall govern.

We continuously stress that all religious groups in Fiji are free to practice their faith and beliefs without any fear or intimidation or threat from a SODELPA-led government.

The fact that SODELPA is committed to Christian values and principles makes our party more sensitive to the importance of respecting the values and principles of all other religions in the country.

This is in line with SODELPA’s vision of a Fiji that draws its strength from the rich variety of traditions, languages and cultures of its communities.

The alternative vision of a Fiji devoid of its cultural richness and diversity would give us a country that would be a pale imitation of the Fiji we know and love.

  1. Common Name

SODELPA does not recognize or accept that two unelected people, who seized power through armed intervention, have the authority to decide arbitrarily that citizens of Fiji are called Fijians.

International conventions and declarations of the rights of indigenous peoples stress the importance of prior consultation and consent on the use of their names as their identity. Article 19 of the UNDRIP (UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) says quoteStates shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them’.

Again we stress that the indigenous Fijians do not recognize the right of unelected individuals to take away their established identity and give them another like iTaukei.

The indigenous people have, for well over a century, been commonly known as Fijians; that name now is part of their tradition and culture. SODELPA will retain it for the indigenous community.

The issue of a common name for all will be addressed by SODELPA once a democratic, transparent and accountable government is established after September 17th 2014. We will initiate a national conversation among all communities in Fiji to establish a common name that does not divide us but creates a sense of unity and patriotism.

It will not be an imposed decision.

  1. Indigenous Rights

SODELPA’s position on the indigenous people of Fiji is in keeping with established conventions of the ILO 169 & UN Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). We are guided by these international instruments.

A SODELPA Government will adopt UNDRIP Articles that ensure:-

  1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the full enjoyment, as a collective or as individuals, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human rights law.

 

 

  1. Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity.

 

  1. Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

 

  1. Indigenous peoples, in exercising their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing their autonomous functions.

 

  1. Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions, while retaining their right to participate fully, if they so choose, in the political, economic, social and cultural life of the State.

 

  1. Every indigenous individual has the right to a nationality.

 

  1. Indigenous individuals have the rights to life, physical and mental integrity, liberty and security of person. Indigenous peoples have the collective right to live in freedom, peace and security as distinct peoples and shall not be subjected to any act of genocide or any other act of violence, including forcibly removing children of the group to another group.

 

  1. 1. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture:-

 

2. States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for:

 

    1. Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their

cultural values or ethnic identities;

    1. Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources;
    2. Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;
    3. Any form of forced assimilation or integration;
    4. Any form of propaganda designed to promote or incite racial or ethnic discrimination directed against them

 

Attempts by some media representatives and politicians to portray SODELPA’s position as ‘racist’ and about supremacy are irresponsible, misconceived and misguided. They are playing to the agenda of Fiji First, whose leaders are the unrepentant usurpers of our democracy bent on weakening Fijian traditions and culture.

SODELPA makes no apology for its policy. We urge everyone to join us in supporting and respecting the special place in Fiji of the indigenous community. They have made available their resources to all citizens. This is not just for advancement and gain, but for the benefit of the country as a whole.

  1. Fair Distribution of rental income by Itaukei

SODELPA will allow the land owners themselves to decide how the lease funds received for their land should be distributed. This cannot be dictated to them. It is their money and therefore they should decide how it is shared.

SODELPA notes with concern the attempt by some media reporters to push the Bainimarama–Khaiyum policy of dictating how landowners should share their wealth. The regime’s motives for doing this are very much related to its continuing campaign to undermine indigenous traditions and way of life.

Members of other communities decide for themselves how their earnings should be shared. No one else tells them how this should be done. The same principle should apply to the indigenous people surely.

  1. Great Council of Chiefs

The abolition of the Great Council of Chiefs, like the imposition of a common name, was the decision of two unelected, unrepresentative usurpers of our democracy. They acted and continue to act without a mandate from our people.

The GCC is the pinnacle of Fijian society, and just as other communities continue to enjoy their community and cultural structures without interference from the state, so too must the indigenous people of Fiji have the same right.

SODELPA will bring back the GCC and in so doing take the opportunity to review its functions and operations so that it can be better resourced to ensure more effective delivery in addressing specific issues affecting not only the indigenous people but all the citizens of Fiji.

The decision on the future of the GCC will remain the prerogative of the Fijian people and we expect all other communities to respect that right in the same way that their rights are respected by the Fijian itaukei community.

        This is the position of SODELPA on these issues.

 

 

 

Authorized By:  Ro Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa

Party Leader

August 22, 2014

 

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8 thoughts on “SODELPA …….Countering the pro-regime propaganda.

  1. This is outrageous! SODELPA clearly incites disaffection with our great leaders and must be punished for it. The Honourable Khaiyum currently works on a plan to take SODELPA’s candidates out of the race. Its not that he fears their competition, he knows that Fiji First will win all seats in parliament, he does it as a matter of principle and justice.

  2. soo much crap talk in this release I am sure all the villagers understood it all and the BS is high and deep- i suggest u get real and stop treating fijians as donkeys

  3. People are wasting their votes by voting for the smaller parties. A vote for these parties, including the independants will go down the drain.

    Will FLP and NFP be also in this category? Only time will tell. However, the more reliable Tebbutt poll shows that it may be the case.

    MPC was right. Sodelpa, FLP and NFP should have formed a colition.

  4. So in other words SODELPA are saying lots about nothing.

    So if we vote SODELPA there will be 4 years of nothing other than bitching about land, names and cultural rights whilst the poor get poorer and the social problems increase.

  5. Multi-media as opposed to socialmedia informs the public through the biased opinions of its reporters, editors and proprietors. Its reporting or non-reporting of newsworthy items depends on who pays the salaries of its employees. These multi-media owners kowtow and lobby to those who hold power in government for the existence and even survival of their business interests.

    But with socia-lmedia, which has recently surfaced in the last decade or so, because of the advancement of the internet and cyber technology, gives every person the opportunity to vent frustrations and even expose hidden truths in a more transparent manner. It frightens people who are in power who would hide truths. And it also frightens those in the mainstream-media because it threatens their very livelihood.

  6. Please if you haven’t, listen to the FBC Radio interview with Mick Beddoes. It is an excellent rendition of what really happened so to speak. Qarase had made statements, but the news media have intentionally skewed his statements while reporting it. But Mick has provided an very insightful commentary on those statements and the evil schemes underpinning these election campaigns. I want to than Mick for his tremendous contributions to Fiji and to nation building. It would be a great loss not to have people like him in parliament and for him to join SODELPA is a great decision indeed for Fiji.

    I watched Mick’s interview after watching Vorere’s NZ and Sydney speeches. I felt really sad for our nation to realise how shamefully foolish, stupid and intellectually void Voreqe really is. He could not answer simple honest questions. He did not understand the questions, so what can we expect. So embarrassing indeed. His daughter was also there watching his dad. Felt sorry for the girl. She must have been hoping that his dad was properly educated to respond to the genuine questions form the audience, That was NZ and Sydney, but his father’s brain could not make the transition. It was still in Nabua or Raiwaqa. It was pathetic.

    But Mick’s responses were so good, to the point and absolutely riveting. He was educating his interviewer as much as he was talking to the public. I smiled and thanked God for Mick and for Fiji. Yes Mick, thank you again. Vinaka vakalevu dina. What a wonderful gift to Fiji. What a wonderful place we have here. But please, let’s remove these monkeys. They have been allowed to run amuck for far too long.

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