Bloggers, here is big mouth refusing to make any comments on her claim of NZ’s Green interfering politically in Fiji’s crisis. Shaista may have evidence to back up her claim, but it is her constant justifying the illegal regime that is astounding, especially for someone professionally qualified.
What this means is this coup has brought out the best and worst of many of us. Some have sacrificed their professional ethics to be caught up in the race war or allowed personal vendetta to cloud their professional independence. To say that neither Evan Hunter or Russell Hunter’s human rights were abused when they were evicted from Fiji boggles the imagination of someone supposedly upholding human rights in Fiji!
Shaista’s stance is a clear indicator to the international community of how much Fiji values human rights!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Fiji Human Rights Commission chairperson Doctor Shaista Shameem has opted not to comment on a newspaper report that claims she has evidence of a New Zealand diplomat interfering with Fiji’s internal affairs.
The report quoted her as saying New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy secretary Michael Green was involved in a conspiracy to cripple the administration of justice in Fiji.
When asked whether she made the statements Shameem neither agreed nor denied, saying all she did was respond to a request from former opposition leader Mick Beddoes to investigate the matter.
She says the FHRC had done all they could and the report had been passed on to the rightful authorities to conduct further investigations.
The report in the Sunday Star Times went on to quote Shameem as saying the deportation of Evan Hannah and Russell Hunter was in Fiji’s national security interest.
Shameem refrained from making any further comments on the issue saying the person to speak to was Mick Beddoes as investigations were yet to be completed.
However when contacted last night Beddoes said he was surprised at the outcome of the investigation because his request was essentially to investigate whether or not the rights of both Australians were violated upon being deported.
He says the results of the investigation were totally unrelated to his questions.
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation