11 Mar 2009

Fiji NGO calls on interim regime to address concerns over rule of law

9:08 pm on 11 March 2009

Fiji's Citizen's Constitutional Forum has called on the interim government to address the serious concerns about the rule of law raised by the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institution .

An report by the IBA said the state of the rule of law in Fiji had "steadily deteriorated" since the December 2006 takeover.

The CCF told the Fiji Times it has tried to persuade the Interim Government to reverse its decision to bar the IBA team from visiting the country to conduct its review.

It also expressed concern that the interim Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, did not take part in the teleconferencing interview sought by the IBA.

The CCF's chief executive, Reverend Akuila Yabaki, said denying that there are any problems after concerns have been raised in three public international reports - including the LawAsia Report and the Eminent Persons Group Report - does not assist in moving Fiji forward.

Mr Khaiyum has described the the report as not credible because the team did not talk to all the key stakeholders, including himself and the military.