7 May 2008

Three chiefs in Fiji to file a complaint with UN over interim regime

9:01 am on 7 May 2008

Three paramount chiefs from Fiji's Namosi, Rewa and Cakaudrove are planning to file a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Council on issues surrounding indigenous Fijians.

The head of the Burebasaga confederacy and Rewa chief Ro Teimumu Kepa has confirmed to Fijilive that with Ratu Suliano Matanitobua and Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, they are putting together a paper that would be forwarded to the UN Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Ro Teimumu said indigenous Fijians are being threatened through the actions of the interim government.

She said their rights have been taken away because the interim regime dictates everything now and the people have no say.

She said they are being threatened with changes to their chiefly system, which includes the GCC.

Ro Teimumu said these changes have greatly affected the indigenous Fijians one way or the other.

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly last year with the mandate to develop a set of minimum standards that would protect indigenous peoples.