Saturday, May 23, 2009
Fiji President Issues Decree that the Human Rights Commission Cannot Investigate Any Abrogation of the Fiji Constitution
Fiji’s President Ratu Josefa Iloilo promulgated Human Rights Commission Decree 2009 on May 20, 2009. Under the new decree, the Human Rights Commission cannot investigate any complaints relating to the April 10 revocation of 1997 Constitution, nor investigate any decision by a court of law.
Section 27(2) states that the Human Rights Commission "shall not receive, nor shall it investigate on its own motion, any complaints questioning or challenging the legality or validity of the Fiji Constitution Amendment Act 1997 Revocation Decree 2009, or such other Decrees made or as may by made by the President
“Any proceedings of any form whatsoever, as well as any application of any form whatsoever in a proceeding, seeking to challenge the validity or legality of the Fiji Constitution Amendment Act 1997 Revocation Decree 2009 (Decree No.1) or any other Decrees made by the President from 10 April 2009 or as may be made by the President, shall wholly terminate immediately upon the commencement of this
Decree, and a Certificate to that effect shall be issued by the Chief Registrar to all parties to the proceeding.”
Hat tip to Fijilive and the East-West Center