Fijian military dictators reimpose emergency rule

This video says about itself: ‘Fiji has lost its democracy, its human rights, its economy and its traditional freedoms. The children of Fiji ask when things will return to the way they were and when their parents will be happy again.’

By Frank Gaglioti:

Fijian military regime reimposes emergency rule

19 September 2007

Fijian military dictator Frank Bainimarama reimposed emergency rule on September 5 following deposed prime minister Laisenia Qarase’s return to the capital, Suva. An earlier emergency decree, declared after last December’s coup, was lifted in May. Its reimposition underscores the depth of the crisis facing the unstable military regime.

Under the state of emergency, there is a total ban on public meetings and the military can disperse any parades, demonstrations, or private meetings it deems a threat to security. Police and soldiers are also permitted to use lethal force. So far, however, there has not been a significant military mobilisation and, unlike the period of emergency rule in the months immediately following the coup, there have been no military marches or checkpoints erected on Suva’s main roads.

The Obama administration has moved to reestablish ties with the military regime in Fiji, cutting across the Australian government’s imposition of sanctions: here.

UPDATE August 2012: Australia has re-established full diplomatic ties with Fiji and dropped most of the sanctions that were imposed against the military regime after the 2006 coup. The Labor government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard is seeking to counter China’s growing diplomatic influence in Fiji and the South Pacific region: here.

February 2014:  Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visited the Pacific state of Fiji last Friday and Saturday, promising steps to drop sanctions against its military government as part of efforts to “normalise” diplomatic relations between the two countries: here.

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3 thoughts on “Fijian military dictators reimpose emergency rule

  1. Regime prepares to break media

    Fiji: The military regime has released a draft decree which would extend its already tight control over the island’s media which is subject to daily censorship of news.

    Since Commodore Frank Bainimarama seized power in a coup in December 2006 foreign reporters and media managers have been expelled, journalists have been arrested and interrogated and censors have operated in media newsrooms on a daily basis.

    The military leader said the new proposed decree, which has a three-day consultation period, would establish a media code of standards in ethics and practice.


  2. Fiji cracks down on media ownership

    Fiji: The island’s leading newspaper has three months to change its ownership structure so 90 per cent of its shareholders are Fijian citizens or it will be forced to close, the military-led regime has announced.

    Armed forces chief Commodore Frank Bainimarama launched a media crackdown after seizing power in a December 2006 coup.

    Announcing the latest measures, Fiji Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum said that the new decree establishes a tribunal to monitor the media’s compliance and ensure nothing is printed or broadcast against the “national interest or public order.”


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