Interim Govt bars IBA visit and iAG threatens them with ‘action’ if they attempt to visit

Fiji bars international legal delegation
26/11/2008


A delegation from the International Bar Association (IBA) has been banned from entering the country. And the association has condemned the action saying a letter by Fiji’s Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was issued to this effect.

According to the letter received on November 24, the Attorney-General of Fiji declared that ‘the Government of Fiji does not welcome or approve’ the delegation’s visit and would take ‘appropriate steps’ if the IBA attempts to visit Fiji. Comments are being sought from the AG’s office.

The barred delegation included senior jurists from Australia and Malaysia who were scheduled to meet with judges and members of the legal profession for five days between 8 and 12 December 2008.  The same delegation was prevented from entering the country in February of this year when the interim government issued an immigration stop order.

A statement released today said the association is disappointed that the interim Government is not supportive of independent reviews of the rule of law and independence of the judiciary.

“The IBA is also troubled by this latest attempt to thwart the efforts of a non-political professional association to assess the situation.”  However it said, it will not be deterred in carrying out its review.

“Using other avenues available, the IBA will continue its work to provide an independent assessment of the rule of law and independence of the judiciary in Fiji. A report will be issued in the near future.

“The IBA regrets that the Fiji government will not meet with the delegation to present its own views on the rule of law in Fiji.”   IBA Executive Director Mark Ellis said the interim Government has again indicated its lack of support for an independent review of the situation in Fiji.

“The threat made by the Attorney-General against the delegation is unacceptable in a free and democratic society and reflects badly on the state of affairs in Fiji,” he said.

IBA President Fernando Pombo said the rescheduled visit had attracted the support of a variety of stakeholders including judges, lawyers and non-government organisations.

“It is deeply saddening to see that the Fijian Government wishes to prevent this visit from taking place in light of the manner in which it has been welcomed by the rest of the community,” he added.

Fijilive

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IBA condemns regime’s stand

Update: 12:03PM The International Bar Association (IBA) has condemned the recent move by Fijis interim Government on banning its delegation from visiting the country.

IBA claims the interim Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, in a letter, declared that the “Government of Fiji does not welcome or approve” the delegations visit and would take “appropriate steps” if the IBA attempts to visit Fiji.

The threat was made against a high level IBA-delegation scheduled to conduct an in-country review of the rule of law in Fiji.

The letter received by the IBA on November 24, 2008 was issued despite media reports that the interim Attorney-General would now most welcome a visit from the Bar.

IBA Executive Director, Mark Ellis said: “The Fijian Government has again indicated its lack of support for an independent review of the situation in Fiji. The threat made by the Attorney-General against the delegation is unacceptable in a free and democratic society and reflects badly on the state of affairs in Fiji.”

Fernando Pombo, President of the IBA, stated: “The rescheduled visit had attracted the support of a variety of stakeholders including judges, lawyers and non-government organisations.  It is deeply saddening to see that the Fijian Government wishes to prevent this visit from taking place in light of the manner in which it has been welcomed by the rest of the community.”

However, the IBA has stated that it is not deterred in carrying out its review; “using other avenues available, the IBA will continue its work to provide an independent assessment of the rule of law and independence of the judiciary in Fiji. A report will be issued in the near future”.

The barred delegation included senior jurists from Australia and Malaysia, who were scheduled to meet with judges and members of the legal profession for five days between December 8 and 12.

The same delegation was prevented from entering the country in February of this year when the Fiji Government issued an immigration stop order.

Fiji Times


13 Responses to “Interim Govt bars IBA visit and iAG threatens them with ‘action’ if they attempt to visit”

  1. Say True! Says:

    Too much to hide. Scared of the truth. Unfcuken believable. The world justice system will prevail, even if Fiji’s current illegal one fails.

  2. F.I.R.M Says:

    Scared shit the bastards

  3. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    Well,

    caka gona vaka cava.

    Na boci ga na boci.

    Kalougata tiko F.I.R.M.

  4. Peace Pipe Says:

    This small p#$%k of an iag iarse talks big with all the guns behind him and even threatening the IBA. This is the second time around and they still wouldn’t let these folks in. Obviously something to hide. The audacity and arrogance of this little kid cum iag in stopping these people. This is where the current FLS president Mr Dorsami is tested of his mettle and how he stands out in this saga. How he handle this will gain or lose him credibilty. But all in all we have some real scum of the earth in the form of iag and co cunningly running the show without regards to the concerns of the people. Goes to show the judiciary is perverted and there is no justice in Fiji.

  5. Mark Manning Says:

    The I.G. it’s supporters and the cowards in their Military council ( who have gone mysteriously quiet ! ) have shown their true colours again and it’s a dark brown !
    Maybe they should use the Charter to clean it up a little .

  6. free spirit Says:

    From the Australian ABC News : Posted 4 hours 35 minutes ago

    “Fiji bans International Bar Association members

    The International Bar Association has condemned Fiji’s Attorney-General for threatening a delegation that is due to visit the country next month.

    The group includes several senior Australian jurists and has scheduled meetings with judges and members of the island’s legal profession.

    The association says it has received a letter from Fiji’s chief law officer saying the delegation is not welcome and that the Government will take appropriate steps if it attempts to visit Fiji”.

    Tags: government-and-politics, foreign-affairs, law-crime-and-justice, fiji

  7. F.I.R.M Says:

    Isa my Fiji,This is not a Fijian way ,where is the bula spirit that you are known the world over. Folks go to
    http://www.solivakasama.org
    and register if you are not happy with this IG. By joining the Solivakasama worldwide movement you and I together we are going to put them where they belong. They are scared, because they are spending taxpayers dollar thru the power of the gun, Change is coming and no more will there be a military in Fiji to make people suffer.

  8. Striker Says:

    These IG coupsters are just common thieves manipulating the court system and each other for their protection. Spineless cowards who draw strength from abusing the power of the taxpayers’ gun.

  9. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    Add to this the recent banning of the UN raconteur on justice and the whole world can see that the 3 stooges are puppets to the moronic military maladministration.

    hairyarse is dead scared that the truth will come out.

    BTW, notice how the lies from the police farce change almost daily.

    1st we had a police ‘tent’ outside hairyarse house as they were investigating a supposed robbery.
    Then 2 weeks later the tent was still there as the house was still a crime scene.

    2 weeks later the police are still there as there is a lot of crime in the street.

    What a load of bovine manure; hairyarse is scared.

    Isn’t it great to see the criminals giving themselves enough rope to hang themselves.

  10. Cama Says:

    The Military will get 10% back pay for their allegience and they are told to get their purse ready and open because there are more to come.

    Masia tikoga na polo because mana is coming.

    God bless Fiji

    Waraka namaka for the next 10 to 20 years

  11. kocokocos Says:

    They’re literally blowing each other until kingdom come!

  12. Cava Says:

    I wonder what is the AG afraid off? They IBA might see the CJ setup and advise the International communities accordingly and or may lead to the UN or EU sending a peace keeping force to Fiji, to straighten out the illegal situation?All in all, the illegal IG cannot stop the International communities from coming to check us out. Thank you SV, for keeping this blog site going, as it gave each one of us, the great opportunity to voice our resentments and opinions,against this illegal IG and its supporters. Let keep blogging brothers and sisters till everyone out there can hear our voices, our resentment,demand,opinions and battle-cry. For one way or another democracy shall reign in our republic of the people,by the people for the people, so help us god!!!!!

  13. Glatombloli Says:

    FANTASTIC!

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