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Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Readers are urged to read the comments on yesterday's address by the PM on the lifting of PER, and add comments of their own. __________________________________________________

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.
New Years public holiday dawns and the weather in Waiyavi is fine. It is hot though and humid, but fine. Last night the sounds of drums and cans being banged and singing permeated the air till the wee hours of the morning.
Monday January the 2nd dawns and all is quite. Lots of people will be sleeping in, hung over, over eaten, bloated, felling sick. Some will be satisfied, some will comfortable and some will be wondering where they are. Some will be on the road to recovery, detoxing and vowing never to…

Brij Lal Cautiously Welcomes Lifting of PER

Brij Lal: lift a positive step, other decrees remain in effectMELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Jan. 2, 2012) - An avid Fiji watcher is the Professor of Pacific and Asian History at the Australian National University, Brij Lal. He was the co-writer of the Fiji Constitution scrapped in 2009.
Presenter: Brian Abbott
Speaker: Brij Lal, Professor of Pacific and Asian History, Australian National University

FLP Cautiouisly Welcomes PER Lift and Commonwealth Statement

Cautious welcome to lifting of PER

The Fiji Labour Party cautiously welcomes the decision to lift the PER later this week to allow for political consultations on the new constitution.

PM Addresses the Nation on PER Lift


Ladies and gentlemen: As I announced in my New Year’s address, the Public Emergency Regulations will be lifted from tomorrow. 
This marks an important step toward the public consultations for the formation of a new constitution under which truly democratic elections can be held. I shall give  further details in due course of the shape and form of the consultations which will commence in February.
No modern state wishes anarchy upon itself. The acts of terrorism, racial riots, religious and ethnic vilification and other disturbances have given rise to legal safeguards in even the metropolitan countries such as Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and India—to name a few.   
In Fiji, we too have experienced terrorism such as the events of 2000, during which government members were held captive by terrorists for c…

News and Comments 6 January 2012

WEEKEND READING.  •Allen Lockington Column   • More reactions to lifting of PER

PM Voreqe Bainimarama will address the nation this morning on the way forward for the public and all stakeholders when the Public Emergency Regulation will be lifted on Saturday.

THE AUSTRALIAN-Fiji Business Council has asked the Australian government to acknowledge the steps taken by its Fijian counterpart in lifting the Public Emergency Regulations. And the council has asked the Australian government to make some adjustments to the travel sanctions imposed on Fijians.

THE UK is looking forward to a public consultation process on a new constitution for Fiji which will commence next month. While welcoming the lifting of the Public Emergency Regulations, the UK government said the announcements were a step in the right direction.

RABUKA. FORMER Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka   believes Australia and New Zealand governments should consider their stance against Fiji following the decision of Prime Mini…

CCF Welcomes Lifting of PER

Lifting of PER Restores Fundamental UDHR Freedoms 
[My underlining -- Croz] 

The Citizens’ Constitutional Forum has been calling for the Public Emergency Regulation to be lifted since April 2009 and welcomes the announcement by Bainimarama that it will cease from January 7th, 2012.
“It is good as the PER fundamentally restricted people and ordinary citizens to be engaged in discussions on key issues which will dominate the next few years. Interestingly under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights these freedoms of assembly (Article 20) and opinion ( Article 19) were curtailed and violated with the imposition of PER, says CEO Reverend Akuila Yabaki.
“The lifting of the PER is a good sign by government as it represents a credible step in the right direction. But it is the first, belated as it is, and we may need to focus on this  an opportunity for the many more steps,” says Rev. Yabaki.
“The media Decree will now be allowed to be tested as the Duplication in Section 16 of the PE…

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