7 Dec 2016

Latest Fiji expulsion "reeks of authoritarianism"

4:23 pm on 7 December 2016

Fiji's National Federation Party says the latest deportation of a foreigner in Fiji is deeply worrying.

Karen Seaton, a resident of Fiji since 2010, was deported in December 2016

Karen Seaton, a resident of Fiji since 2010, was deported in December 2016 Photo: Supplied/ David Rand

The party's president said Karen Seaton's expulsion on Friday for allegedly swearing at an official reeks of authoritarianism and dictatorial methods.

Tupou Draunidalo has called for the removal of what she calls the excessive powers of the immigration minister as they infringe basic rights.

She said the acting Prime Minister and Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, was responsible yet he as Minister for the Economy also tells the world Fiji is great for business.

Ms Draunidalo said Ms Seaton's deportation comes on top of the deportation in September of roading consultants.

She said the NFP will also fight for Fiji academic Brij Lal and his wife Padma Lal to be allowed back into Fiji.

They have been blacklisted and exiled in Australia for several years.

"Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is fully responsible for these and must inform the people of Fiji as to why he feels the need to be authoritarian in declaring individuals persona non grata, without much of a thought," Tupou Draunidalo said.

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