UN Special Rapporteur finally rcves ‘green light’ to check on Judges

Fiji ‘finally’ approves UN request for visit


Fiji has agreed to allow a visit by the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy, two years after the request was made.

At the sixty-third UN General Assembly Third Committee meeting last Friday, Despouy said a request for a visit to Fiji had been sent in 2006 and had been repeated over subsequent years. But, there still had not been a positive response to those requests, he said.

Despouy reminded all Governments that country visits allowed Special Rapporteurs to speak with all stakeholders and could result in significant improvements. However, according to the UN website, a Fiji representative informed the Committee that the Rapporteur’s request to visit the country had been approved for November.

“Referring to the assertion that the international bar association had not been allowed to visit Fiji, he asked if there were any more organizations that the country needed to be aware of, in order to facilitate the Rapporteur’s mandate. “To that end, he thanked the representative of Fiji for his response and said, if possible, he would visit that country at the end of November.”

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) met to continue its wide-ranging discussion on the promotion and protection of human rights, and to engage in a dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on violence against women, its causes and consequences; the situation of human rights defenders; the independence of judges and lawyers; on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; on the right to education.

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5 Responses to “UN Special Rapporteur finally rcves ‘green light’ to check on Judges”

  1. Mark Manning Says:

    Fijian society is taking a turn for the worse thanks to this lawless coup.
    http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=104638
    This mother has mistakenly allowed this thug of a teacher to touch her son at all , let alone earlier in the year as well .
    The bullies are throughout Fijian society .

  2. newsfiji Says:

    MM: you are right. They are just following the wanna be leader Frank.

  3. newsfiji Says:

    Well, well, well, it comes as no surprise that Frank has given an ultimatum to the political leaders as opposed to any open dialogue…was a bloody waste of everybody’s time after all…

  4. Fiji Democracy Now Says:

    It never ceases to amaze us how the dictator and his closest supporters are so
    good at convicting themselves out of their own mouths through their blatant
    arrogance and hypocrisy.

    Take for example the statement by Bainimarama that he will be insisting at
    today’s launch of the political dialogue forum that “good governance” will have to
    be a prerequisite for any future elected government.

    Such a lofty phrase is arrant nonsense when used by Bainimarama because “good
    governance” means the rigorous application of transparency, accountability and
    rule of law.

    That in turn means that any future administration strictly adhering to the
    observation of “good governance” would be duty-bound to transparently pursue
    a range of crimes that occurred under the dictator’s watch, but which have been
    swept under the carpet.

    We’re talking about bringing to justice the killers of Tevita Malasebe, Nimilote
    Verebasaga and Sakiusa Rabaka) or thoroughly investigating so far unexplained
    incidents such as the torching of the house of the former Court of Appeal judge,
    Mr Justice Gordon Ward.

    Then there was the absurd spectacle of the interim attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-
    Khaiyum, spouting about democracy, the stupidity of which was highlighted by
    none other than Rajendra Chaudhry in his letter published in the Fiji Times today.

    Chodopu$$ junior referred to “this asinine interim minister.” According to
    Websters Dictionary, asinine means “unintelligent; silly; stupid; of or like an
    equine ass.”

    Congratulations Rajendra! You have found the word that perfectly sums up the
    dictator, his regime and the nonsensical rubbish they are so fond of spouting.

  5. Tim Says:

    That’s why they’re so pathetic FDN!. Some of them have actually come to believe their own bullshit. Those that haven’t are just basically evil.
    It’s a bit like the FOX News mantra “Fair and Balanced” – say it often enough and people will believe it – obviously a few have.
    Some people obviously believe Frank is concerned with good governance, transparency et al. If he did – he’d be setting an example and tring to practice it himself. Same with the rest of them – Gates, Shaista and Bubba in particular, all of whom have developed very selective interpretations of what they try to represent

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