Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Rule of Law Still in Danger in Fiji - Coup Leaders Continue "Emergency" Regulations

Fiji The sad situation for the rule of law continues in Fiji.  We have reported previously on developments relating to the Fiji Law Society and lawyers in Fiji.  Click here to read that post.  We've now just received this news from the East-West Center.

Decision made after assessing ‘security situation’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 9, 2009) – Fiji’s interim government has extended public emergency regulations -- including censorship of the country’s media -- for a third month after April’s abrogation of the constitution. Interim government spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni, says the decision to prolong the emergency regulations was made by the defence ministry following an assessment of the security situation. Fiji Times online also says this was confirmed in a decree signed by Ratu Josefa Iloilo yesterday. The regulations have been extended for another month. Under the censorship rules, media have been barred from publishing or broadcasting anything negative about the interim government led by Frank Bainimarama, who led a coup against the elected government in December 2006.The emergency regulations were initially introduced by Commodore Bainimarama following the abrogation of the constitution and the sacking of the judiciary.

We have links to other stories about the situation in Fiji.

Click here to read more about censorship in Fiji.

Click here to read about a newspaper editor who is trying to stand up to censorship in Fiji.

Click here to read a report about attempts to force the Methodist Church to sach two of its former presidents to supposedly remove "politics" from the church.

Click here for an Amnesty International Report on Fiji.

Hat tips to the East-West Center, and, more importantly, the brave lawyers and journalists of Fiji who are fighting to restore the rule of law.


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