2 Sep 2004

Tonga Human Rights and Democracy movement condemns the manner of Cabinet sackings

3:47 pm on 2 September 2004

Tonga's Human Rights & Democracy Movement has condemned the recent dismissal of three ministers by royal command as a violation of human rights and abuse of power.

The chairman of the Movement, Reverend Simote Vea, says the dismissals came as no surprise for a system vesting absolute power in the one person.

He has criticised the lack of a clear explanation for the reason behind the dismissals of the Police Minister Clive Edwards, Minister of Labour & Commerce Massaso Paunga, and Minister of Justice 'Aisea Taumoepeau

Reverend Vea says that as head of Tonga's Information Unit, the Prime Minister, 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata , should provide information about the dismissals.

The movement says the three ministers should have been consulted and given a fair hearing.

The Commissioner of Public Relations, Siaosi 'Aho, says he's not received any complaint about the handling of the affair by the government information unit.