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Fiji regime presents ‘clean’ human rights report to UN – What a load of crap

October 31, 2014

The regime delegation to the UN: ‘We’re all happy in Fiji’

First the Auditor’s General report now human rights.

A regime delegation is in Geneva presenting a Human Rights report to the United Nations claiming to have resolved breaches.

Led by Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, the delegation delivered a 22 page report saying Fiji has met 97 out of 103 recommendations by the UN.

Here’s some of the bullshit presented to the UN:

Khaiyum told the panel Fiji will ratify human rights treaties and is committed to making changes, where needed, to align local rights laws and policies with accepted international standards.

He promoted the 2013 Constitution at length, describing it “as an expression of will of the people” that reflects values that provides for, protects and promotes rights of all its citizens and should be aspired to universally.

Khaiyum said while the country has not acceded to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights or the International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights, the 2013 Constitution provides for and promotes these rights under the Bill of Rights.

With regard to  Women’s Rights, he said these are consistent with the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) which Fiji ratified in 1995.

“Our Constitution protects all Fijians from unfair discrimination including on the grounds of sex, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, marital status, culture, religion, social origin, conscience and social or health status,” he said.

“These grounds that I have just read out are all new grounds and weren’t in any of the previous constitutions.”

Khaiyum: Spewing lies

Khaiyum told the council the Military Code will be amended by Parliament as a matter of priority to remove the reference of death penalty altogether.

In regard to reports of assault on citizens while in police custody, he said where evidence of such assaults have been shown to be sufficient for prosecution as determined by the Director of Prosecutions, “such persons have been prosecuted and some are currently serving terms of imprisonment for such acts.”

He told the council that under the constitution, police procedures have been modernised and made more transparent to address and avoid acts of assault in police custody.

In regard to public service, he told the council that the Fijian Public Service policy is now based on meritocracy, after he Fijian Government has done away “with discriminatory policies for the public services put in place by previous governments” which introduced policies that “only further advanced an elite agenda and clique.”

“In light of this experience, all appointments in the public service are now made on the basis of qualification and performance alone. The public service is currently undergoing reforms which will ensure that the systemic prejudice based on race, ethnicity, gender identity and religion is eliminated.”

Chief Justice Anthony Gates also made a presentation to address matters pertaining to the judiciary, Director of Public Prosecutions Christopher Pryde addressed matters pertaining to the administration of the criminal justice system and MIDA Chairman Ashwin Raj is to address matters pertaining to media freedom.

source -c4.5, posted by rusi varani for swm
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