Coalition on Human Rights Congratulates all Parliamentarians



It is pleasing to see long-standing opponents of the Bainimarama Government accepting the election result and adopting the only position that will take Fiji forward: to be watchdogs and helpers. -- Croz

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“It is time for civil society to play our part by not only acting as watchdogs and holding the government accountable for their actions but by also providing them with whatever help and support they need to ensure that at the end of the day, it’s the people of this country who benefit.”
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Shamima Ali

“The fact that almost 84% of registered voters cast a vote shows that the people of Fiji were eager to exercise their right to choose their representatives, and to participate once again in the governance of our nation” said NGOCHR Chair, Ms. Shamima Ali. “For eight long years, we have been calling for democracy and while some people may not be happy with the outcome of the Elections, it is important to note that the people have spoken and they have chosen who is to govern Fiji for the next four years. It is very important that we recognize that and respect that.”

“It is well recognized that with power comes responsibility, and the new Government must now demonstrate that they will rule Fiji responsibly and will be accountable to the people for the fulfilment of their campaign promises, and for the manner in which they govern Fiji.”

“Many comments were made by all parties, including Fiji First, about gender equality and human rights and we certainly hope that gender equality and human rights for all will be included in the new Governments list of priorities,” She added.

Ms. Ali said that she remained confident that once sworn in, Parliamentarians will hold the best interests of the people at heart and that decisions will be made for the people.

“From what we are seeing there are also a good number of women who will be part of the new Government and the incoming Parliament and this is a proud moment for Fiji. We have always said that women must be represented at all levels of governance and although there Is not yet anything close to parity, it is a good start and I commend the women who have been elected for taking up this challenge” said Ms Ali.

“It is time for civil society to play our part by not only acting as watchdogs and holding the government accountable for their actions but by also providing them with whatever help and support they need to ensure that at the end of the day, it’s the people of this country who benefit.”



“Once again, congratulations to all Parliamentarians, future Government Ministers and to the people of Fiji who turned up in large numbers to cast their votes. Moving forward there is a lot of work to be done to ensure democracy and respect for the rule of law and I challenge every Government minister that is to be sworn in to act to the highest standards of integrity, uphold the values of democracy, the Rule of Law and accountability, and to ensure that the people of Fiji are first and foremost in their decisions.”

Comments

Crosbie Walsh said…
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Ratu Naita said…
Excellent job Shamima Ali. This has certainly changed my perception of you. If only politicians of certain parties could follow suit and demonstrate poltical maturity, Fiji would be better for it as people work together to deal with real issues rather than useless bickering.
Imrana said…
Good to see the woman who was sitting on the fence, writing on blogs about other females who joined Bainimarama government and the very woman who was hostile to the Domestic Violence Decree has changed her tune.
Be careful Shamima, you are dealing with Frank Bainimarama - I hope you have not forgotten what happened to your cousin Ballu Khan and why it happened!!

I hope you have stopped telling that stupid lie about whom Frank used to meet daily before 2006 take over.
Jaati Bhai said…
Agree with comments by Imrana.

Fair weather Shamima Ara Jahan Khan seems to be changing her tune.

She should stay out of politics and help women that she's paid to help

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