10 Sep 2007

New Zealand group condemns reactivation of Fiji Emergency Regulations

10:45 am on 10 September 2007

The New Zealand-based Coalition for Democracy in Fiji has condemned the re-activation of the Public Emergency Regulations.

The coalition's spokesman, Nick Naidu, has called on the military to respect the rule of law and follow constitutional processes to help resolve issues and processes.

He says the coalition believes that people should be allowed to voice their opinions freely and not be held hostage by the gun.

The emergency regulations were brought back last Thursday after what the interim administration said were inciting statements from the deposed prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, aimed at destabilizing the country.

Mr Qarase has not made any public statements since on the advice of his lawyer, Tevita Fa.