20 Jul 2012

Fiji NGOs echo Constitution Commission concerns

5:18 pm on 20 July 2012

Fiji's NGO Coalition on Human Rights says it shares the concern expressed by the Fiji Constitution Commission on the promulgation of the latest decrees about the constitution process.

The Commission raised concerns on aspects of the decree giving Commodore Frank Bainimarama full control over the size and composition of the Constituent Assembly as well as the broad immunity provision for the 2006 and earlier coups to be entrenched in the new constitution.

According to the Coalition's chair Shamima Ali, the Commission has articulated what many in Fiji are concerned about with respect to the legitimacy and credibility of the process.

She says you cannot claim to promote or envision an inclusive, participatory and transparent process and at the same time put in place provisions that clearly undermine and violate those values.