26 Nov 2008

Fiji's CCF calls on regime to allow IBA visit

5:00 pm on 26 November 2008

Fiji's Citizens Constitutional Forum has called on the interim Fiji Government to allow a group of lawyers from the International Bar Association, the IBA, to visit the country.

The IBA was due in Fiji to conduct an assessment next week but it has been told by the interim Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum the Government would not welcome such a visit and would take what he called appropriate steps if it went ahead.

The same delegation was prevented from entering Fiji in February when the interim Fiji government issued an immigration stop order.

The CCF's executive director, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, whose organisation was due to meet the IBA, has pleaded with the interim Government to allow the visit to go ahead.

"All the institutions of the state seem to be operating, some of them a bit under duress, but we are living in interesting times here, so it is for them to make investigations and to comment. And I am sure it would be seen as an important, significant statement by the international community."

The Reverend Akuila Yabaki