FANCY A FLIGHT OUT OF FIJI FRANK? Chinese whispers claim Frank Bainimarama and Aiyaz Khaiyum cut a deal for Bainimarama to travel out of Fiji as Foreign Minister so Khaiyum could bask in glory as acting PM!
Why babies all over the world are now sleeping in boxes? Fijileaks has been asked to propagate this idea for Fiji - Burns Philp used it in 1970!
Nearly three years ago, the [BBC] Magazine reported on the Finnish baby box - a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys the state gives to expectant mothers. The story went viral and was read by 10 million people in 18 months. Now the box idea itself is spreading around the world.
It's a tradition that dates back to the 1930s. Every new mother, regardless of background or income, gets a baby box from the government. The box contains a stash of supplies - bibs, bodysuits, nappies, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products - as well as a small mattress. Putting the mattress in the bottom of the box creates the baby's first bed.
It has been credited with helping Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.
Read more: Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes
More publicity for the idea quickly followed when the Finnish government gave a baby box to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were then expecting their first child. Soon afterwards, three fathers in Finland set up a business to supply boxes to customers all over the world. Two women in the US did the same thing. There is now a similar business in the UK, and there may be others elsewhere.
It was such a simple idea, and apparently so effective, that health professionals and social entrepreneurs also wanted to put the box to the test, in some cases teaming up with one of these private suppliers.
Often the contents of the box or the way it is distributed are designed to address local problems, from preventing infection to getting the baby out of the parents' bed, where there may be a risk of suffocation. And in some cases one of the key goals is - as it was in Finland in the early days - to encourage expectant mothers to attend antenatal clinics.
Two South African entrepreneurs, Ernst Hertzog of Action Hero Ventures and marketing executive Frans de Villiers, concluded that a plastic box, that can be used as a bath rather than a bed, was more useful for South African mothers. But the main objective was to get mothers to antenatal classes, and a trial carried out by the Research on Socio-economic Policy Health Group at Stellenbosch University last year concluded that the Thula Baba Box, as it is known, encourages mothers to attend clinics at an earlier stage of pregnancy, and to attend more frequently. Among other things, this reduces the risk of an HIV-positive mother dying in childbirth, and reduces the risk of HIV being passed from the mother to the baby.
De Villiers and Hertzog are keen for the project to be rolled out across the Western Cape region, and hope that it may one day become a national programme. "We thought the Finnish box was an amazing example of design that changed a nation,'' says Hertzog. ''We hope that, given some tweaks, our product will have just as much of an impact.''
A doctoral student at Harvard University, Karima Ladhani, had a similar idea about adapting the Finnish box for use in South Asia. She developed the Barakat Bundle project (Barakat means "blessing" in some regional languages) which has now swung into operation at a rural hospital in Jagadiya, India.
The box includes a clean-birth kit to prevent infection during or soon after delivery and a mosquito net to protect babies against malaria.
"We wanted to provide low-cost life saving solutions to new mothers - specifically targeted to causes of preventable infant and maternal mortality," says Ladhani,
But it's not just in developing countries where infant mortality is a concern.
A pilot baby box project is being launched this month at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in London, in collaboration with the US company, Baby Box Co, which says the education component of its programmes is "crucial" to their success.
"We take it for granted people have money for a separate sleeping cot or Moses basket but that might not be the case," says Karen Joash, the consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist behind the plan.
She also thinks the box will enable mothers to keep the baby in the same room with them, because it is so easy to carry, "which is good for bonding," she says.
There are dozens of projects under way in US states, but the biggest will launch later this year in Fort Worth, Texas, when all four of the city's hospitals start handing out baby boxes in an attempt to bring down the high infant mortality rate of 7.1 per 1,000 births in 2013. This compared to 5.9 per 1,000 births in the US as a whole.
About 36,000 boxes are expected to be handed out over the next two years. Here a key objective is to encourage parents not to sleep alongside their babies, in the same bed.
"We realised the community wasn't aware infant mortality was a big problem here," says Dyann Daley, of Cook Children's Hospital System.
"Our goal is to provide a box for every live birth in the city and give babies a safe sleeping environment because that is critical to preventing suffocation deaths."
A health centre in Phoenix launched a baby box project earlier this year.
A baby box project is also about to get under way in Australia, in the state of Victoria, and the province of Alberta in Canada has been running a pilot project since October 2015.
Karen Benzies, a professor of nursing at the University of Calgary, says the original intention was to target vulnerable families, but they soon realised "the idea of vulnerability that most people have around low income doesn't necessarily hold true in Alberta". It's a province that has done well out of the oil and gas industry, but when men stay away working on oil rigs for weeks at a time, that creates a different kind of problem - as new mothers are left alone with a new baby.
"Our goal is to support first-time families transitioning from pregnancy to parenting," says Benzies.
A key element of this is mentoring. Every mother and father has to identify a mentor who agrees to be in contact - via phone or in person - about 20 times from when the mother is 32 weeks pregnant to six months after the birth.
"We find in Canada that family and friends see a problem, but don't want to, or are told not to, interfere," says Benzies. "And we wanted to change that." So far about 50 boxes have been distributed, with 1,500 more ready to go.
Another innovation in the Canadian boxes is a "crib-side assistance" booklet for fathers, to encourage them to bond with the child. Modelled on a car-repair manual it provides a do-it-yourself guide to burping ("You know how good it feels to burp sometimes?") underlines the importance of "fuel" (mother's milk) and explains how to "look under the hood" for those inevitable nappy problems, because "keeping your new model clean and comfortable is important".
The Finnish government says it is aware of the global interest in their baby boxes and often provides consultation to other countries. It now gives presentations at embassies around the world.
But not everyone is convinced the box is the best way forward.
Colin Pritchard, a professor at Bournemouth University who has studied child and infant mortality, says the box system makes some "theoretical sense", as it provides the baby with somewhere to sleep other than the parents' bed and could therefore reduce the number of deaths linked to suffocation.
But he believes the effect will be marginal. Alleviating poverty, stopping parents smoking, and improving education and antenatal care - all these things are more fundamental, he argues, in tackling the problem of infant mortality. Source: BBC Magazine
FFP: REGISTERING FijiFirst Party NAME was not Intellectual Property Theft. Now FFP government boasts of winning three trademark cases in China's IP courts to register FIJI PURE MAHOGANY, FIJI PURE and FPM
"As there are few cases relating to certification marks and GI's in China, judicial precedents and theory are still nascent, and no useful doctrine has been established. In the 2015 case summary published by the TRAB, only seven cases involve certification marks, including the three handled by King and Wood Mallesons. The court judgment in those three cases encompass some new ideas and practices that will provide guidance when applying to register certification marks."
By Yang Xiaoli (partner), Zhang Jiaqi (senior associate) and Kang Lifang (associate), King and Wood Mallesons
I. Case facts "FIJI PURE MAHOGANY" (No. 10437014), "FIJI PURE" (No. 10437015), and "FPM", as applicable to register three certification marks "On January 18, 2012, the government of the Republic of Fiji (the "Fijian Government " (No. 10437016) at the Trademark Office of China, all for "plantation grown mahogany timber" in Class 19.
(2) After examination, the Trademark Office refused registration of the three marks on the grounds that (1) the first two applied-for marks were devoid of distinctiveness; (2) the third mark was similar to the cited mark [PFM] (No. 6119374); and (3) the applicant, the Fijian Government, did not submit effective Rules for the Use of Certification Marks for all of the three applications. Dissatisfied with the decisions, the Fijian Government filed a review with the Trademark Review And Adjudication Board ( "TRAB"). Upon examination, the TRAB upheld the Trademark Office's decisions for the following reasons:
II. Issues of focus and main points of the court judgments: (1)Can an ordinary trademark or service mark be cited against a certification mark application? According to the Beijing IP Court and BHPC, a certification mark indicates the origin, raw material, method of manufacture, quality or any other features of goods or services, instead of their producers or suppliers. Hence, in principle, an ordinary trademark or service Where may not be cited against a certification mark application, and vice versa. There are exceptions, however, depending on whether a purported certification mark is viewed by the relevant public as such. Even though a registration is sought as a certification mark, a trademark Or a service mark may be cited to prevent it being registered as a certification mark if the public tend to view the applied-for mark as an ordinary trademark or a service mark so that it can be confused with a trademark or a service mark.
This is the case for the "FPM" mark. Both the Beijing IP Court and BHPC considered that "FPM" was a certification mark, but also a coined word that did not contain any geographical names. Given that the plaintiff had no evidence of its Being recognized through use of the public in China as a certification mark than an ordinary trademark, use of the "FPM" mark on goods identical with or similar to other goods covered by another mark may cause confusion. In this case, therefore, a Trademark may be used as a cited mark against it.
In addition, the above-mentioned determination of similarity of goods broke through the limit of the Classification of Similar Goods and Services. Specifically, under the Classification of Similar Goods and Services, the two types of goods covered by the opposing marks belong to the same Group in Class 19. Nonetheless, both the Beijing IP Court and BHPC insisted that they were not similar because they were substantially different in terms of functionality, use, manufacturing sector, distribution channel and target consumers.
(2) Distinctiveness requirement for certification marksIn the "FIJI PURE MAHOGANY" case, both the Beijing IP Court and BHPC held that a certification mark certifies the origin, raw material, method of manufacture of goods or performance of services, quality, or any other features of the goods or services in To the end, a certification mark generally includes the common name of the goods or services, origin, quality or other features. Therefore, the distinctiveness requirement (which is used, but is not used to identify their manufacturers, producers or suppliers. For an ordinary mark to fulfill its function does not apply to a certification mark. As the plaintiff had clearly indicated that the mark was to be registered as a certification mark when filing the application, Article 11 of the 2001 Trademark Law is not applicable Whether the applied-for mark has distinctive features.
(3) Application of the basic requirement of administrative opennessIn the "FPM" case, TRAB rejected the application for registration of the mark on the grounds, among others, that the applicant did not submit effective Rules for the Use of Certification Marks. In this regard, both the Beijing IP Court and BHPC held That while the Rules for the Use of Certification Marks submitted by the applicant was not in compliance with the Measures for the Registration and Administration of Collective Marks and Certification Marks, this would not necessarily lead to the rejection of a certification mark application. It was different from an ordinary trademark application that would be rejected if it "lacked distinctive features" or might "cause adverse effects". According to the administrative openness requirement, when examining a trademark registration, the trademark authority must give the applicant detailed reasons for Any non-compliance, and allow the applicant to make revisions and corrections so as to protect its interests. In this case, however, TRAB did not indicate which rule (s) submitted by the Fijian Government was non-compliant for the use of certification Marks and any reasons either in the examination process or its decision. This led to the applicant's failing to revise or improve its rules in later procedures and went against the basic requirement of administrative openness.
(4) About the applicant's ability to oversee the particular quality of the goods covered by the certification markIn the "FIJI PURE" and "FIJI PURE MAHOGANY" cases, the TRAB rejected registration of the two marks on the ground that the applicant did not submit detailed information on the professional personnel and testing equipment of an appointed agency in the Rules for the Use Of Geographical Indications, nor did it submit any documents from a competent industry authority at provincial level or above to demonstrate that the applicant was able to oversee the special quality of the goods covered by the certification mark. Both the Beijing IP Court and BHPC held that TRAB's rejection of the applications for registering GI's as certification marks was without any factual or legal foundation for the following reasons:
First, information about the professional personnel and testing equipment is to show the applicant's ability to oversee the particular quality of the goods covered by the certification mark, but not the ability to ensure that the goods satisfy any national or industry standards. Moreover, the defendant Therefore, professional personnel and testing equipment were just formal requirements for applying for a certification mark. The quality standards of the goods were not in a position to conduct any specific examination of the specific standards that the professional personnel and testing equipment were expected to meet. To which a certification mark applies should be determined in the market by consumers.
Second, professional personnel and testing equipment must relate to the special quality of the goods covered by a certification mark. The particular nature of the goods covered by a GI as a certification mark is determined by the natural conditions, or the natural and human factors of The quality of goods being determined by differentiating require different professional personnel and testing equipment, thus should be treated differently. As the marks at issue were certification marks that Contained the geographical name "FIJI" for plantation grown mahogany timber, the particular quality of the goods covered by the said certification marks was mainly determined by the natural conditions of the place of origin. Unfortunately, the TRAB's decisions did not take this point into consideration.
Third, the documents furnished by the Fijian Government were sufficiently to demonstrate that the Fijian Government was able to control the unique quality of the goods covered by the certification marks.
III. Lessons learned from the cases and their ground-breaking significanceWe represented the Government of the Republic of Fiji, in the first and second instance trials of the three cases, all of which introduced many complex new issues. Certification mark applications are relatively rare, and those which are eventually brought to the courtroom are even rarer , Resulting in few precedents to follow, especially where the plaintiff is a national government. The whole process from preparing the initial litigation documents to deal with substantive issues in the final phase involving intensive research and discussion of key issues. These included:
1. as the plaintiff was a national government, the first issues were verification of the signatory's authority and proof of the existence of a government, especially as the Beijing IP Court was exacting with the filed documents. Rounds of discussions led to the realization that the Constitution of a country generally contains provisions on the establishment of a government and the duties of the head of government (the prime minister in these cases). A reading of the Fijian constitution confirmed this point. Finally a notarized copy of the Constitution of the Republic Of Fiji was submitted and accepted as proof of the establishment and valid existence of the Fijian Government and of the authorized representative's identity.
2. The Measures for the Registration and Administration of Collective Trademarks and Certification Marks do cover the materials required to apply for a certification mark or a geographical indication, but much still unclear in practice, especially when a foreign entity applies for a certification mark. , The Trademark Office and TRAB are silent about what documents are needed. Sometimes (as in this case) an application may be turned down in the final stage even after the applicant has already consulted with the Trademark Office and TRAB about the documents required and has We can not accept the applicant of any missing documents and how to make up for them. We also argued that the TRAB, following the principle of administrative openness, should have notified the applicant of any missing documents and how to make up for them. Advised the client to provide all the materials for a certification mark application as set forth in the Measures for the Registration and Administration of Collective Trademarks and Certification Marks, and gave detailed advice on evidencing them. The client managed to collect key evidence for the case. The courts accepted it and overturned the TRAB's decisions.
3. As to whether a certification mark must satisfy the distinctiveness requirement, we contended that a certification mark was used to certify the origin, raw material, method of manufacture, quality or any other features of the goods or services, Different producers or suppliers. Therefore, the distinctiveness required of an ordinary trademark did not apply to a certification mark. The courts were accepted this argument.
4. In the FPM case, although the goods covered by the applied-for mark and those covered by the cited mark belonged to the same group under the Classification of Similar Goods and Services, we persuaded the courts that they were not similar because of their differences between functionality, use, distribution channel, and manufacturing sector. The courts often find similar between two types of goods belong to different classes, but rarely do they deny similarity when goods or services are in the same subclass.
As there are few cases relating to certification marks and GI's in China, judicial precedents and theory are still nascent, and no useful doctrine has been established. In the 2015 case summary published by the TRAB, only seven cases involve certification marks, including the three handled by King and Wood Mallesons.
The court judgment in those three cases encompass some new ideas and practices that will provide guidance when applying to register certification marks.
LOOKING BEYOND RACE AND CONFLICT: Fijileaks founding Editor-in-Chief VICTOR LAL with the President of Fiji Jioji Konrote in London
LOOKING BEYOND RACE AND CONFLICT: President Jioji Konrote and the First Lady Sarote with Victor Lal who was a personal guest of the President at a special farewell reception and dinner in London last week. The Fijileaks founding Editor-in-Chief Victor Lal presented the President and the First Lady a signed copy of his book. It turned out both are avid followers of Fijileaks
The Royal Encounters
Official Apology - English Version
Official Apology - Hindi Version
Meanwhile, "The Soko Trial" hears from Special Police Constable: 'I heard Soko screaming in pain'; the SPC said he saw two officers grind chillies into a Coca-Cola bottle and using hand gloves they rubbed the crushed spices onto the two victims private parts; he said his second statement to police given a few days later was a lie.
Special Constable Apete Naikolo said he could not stand what was being done to Mr Soko and robbery suspect Senijieli Boila when they were allegedly sexually assaulted and raped in a hillside at Yalavou near Malevu, Sigatoka, on August 15, 2014.
He made the comments during the trial of police officers Manasa Talala, Seruvi Caqusau, Kelevi Sewatu, Penaia Drauna, Filise Vere, Viliame Vereivalu, Jona Davonu, Senitiki Natakasavu and soldier Pita Matairavula. The nine are charged with the sexual assault and rape of Mr Soko, who died in hospital, and Mr Boila.
Mr Naikolo said he travelled from Suva to the site of the alleged incident with three of the accused.
He said when they arrived at the area where the suspects were taken, his team leader Viliame Vereivalu, Jona Davonu and Pita Matairavula boarded the police truck which Mr Soko was travelling in.
Mr Naikolo said he saw the three men "kick and punch" the deceased and heard Mr Soko shout "in pain".
The special constable said the second victim who he did not know was injured.
He said the man was outside the truck, sitting on the ground, handcuffed and had visible injuries on his face.
Mr Naikolo said he saw two officers grind chillies into a Coca-Cola bottle and using hand gloves they rubbed the crushed spices onto the two victims private parts.
He said he waited by his vehicle with another police officer while the nine suspects allegedly assaulted Mr Soko and Boila.
Mr Naikolo said a few days later he was contacted by one of the members of the strike back team — Mr Vereivalu — to give an account of what transpired during the arrest of the two suspects and he was also asked not to include details of the alleged assault.
He said his second statement to police given a few days later was a lie.
According to the state witness, the fabricated statement given on August 21, 2014, by Mr Naikolo said that his team led by Mr Vereivalu, Mr Davonu and Mr Matairavula were not part of the group of officers that had allegedly assaulted and raped the two robbery suspects.
He said his statement given on December 9, 2014, contained a true account of what happened at the Yalavou hillside. Source: Fiji Times
From Fijileaks Archives:
Sugar chief Khan's resignation explanation sour pill for NFU to accept. Chaudhry claims Khan may have abused position for personal gain
NFU general secretary, Mahendra Chaudhry described Mr Khan’s claim that he was leaving after putting FSC and the sugar industry in a good position as utter nonsense.
On the contrary, his resignation brings relief to cane farmers who have consistently complained about the high-handed manner in which he ran FSC and dictated to growers’ organisations.
Mr Chaudhry said that Mr. Khan leaves the corporation in deep financial mess and without holding its AGM for the financial years ended 31st May 2015 and 2016, and without presenting its audited accounts for those years to the shareholders.
“We wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office on 14 June 2016 requesting suspension of Mr. Khan pending investigation into a number of matters which, in our view, established culpable offences of serious corporate malfeasance on his part. Evidence that Mr. Khan may have abused his position for personal benefit was provided to the PM’s Office,” said Mr Chaudhry.
On 26 August, we wrote to the Governor Reserve Bank and the CEO FRCA to look into the matters reported to the Prime Minister’s Office. All of them acknowledged our letters.
Following these developments, Mr Khan was removed as Executive Chairman but, was, surprisingly, appointed CEO FSC on 8 September 2016. He was replaced by Mr. Vishnu Mohan as chair.
And now just a few weeks later, we are asked to believe that Mr. Khan has resigned over health issues.
This is not acceptable. It is not a proper manner of dealing with someone who has a lot to answer for his stewardship of FSC over the last 5 years.
As far as NFU is concerned Mr. Khan’s resignation must not be accepted, and he must not be allowed to leave without being fully investigated and dealt with as appropriate.
ABDUL KHAN MUST ONLY STEP ASIDE AND BE INVESTIGATED; RESIGNATION MUST ONLY BE ACCEPTED AFTER COMPLETION AND OUTCOME OF INVESTIGATION
The Chief Executive of the Fiji Sugar Corporation Abdul Khan who handed in his resignation to the FSC Board of Directors during its meeting yesterday (Wednesday 19th October) must only immediately vacate his position to allow for an independent and thorough investigation to be carried into his handling of operations of the Corporation for more than five years.
Mr Khan’s resignation must not come into effect immediately but until after the completion and outcome of independent investigations. He should only step aside now to ensure independence of the investigation process.
Relinquishing his position immediately with several questions remaining unanswered about both his and the FSC’s performance and the Corporation’s lack of direction during his reign is unacceptable and against good governance in a organisation in which taxpayers have a stake through majority ownership by Government.
The performance of FSC’s mills, questionable projects and the one-man handling of both FSC and marketing of sugar cannot be tolerated by cane growers any longer. The industry has now lost every fibre of transparency and accountability. This has now become intolerable.
Annual Reports of four years from 2011-2014 show FSC is technically insolvent and its liabilities are more than $225 million to the combined value of FSC’s assets.
In Mr Abdul Khan, FSC has had a CEO who as Executive Chairman did not hold the Corporation’s AGM for four years until May last year. He was a Board Member from October 2009 till December 31st 2010. From 1st January 2011, he was FSC’s Executive Chairman enjoying hefty salary, perks and privileges while FSC’s debt continued to rise astronomically. The AGM for 2015 has not been held more than 10 months after the end of the year.
There have been many allegations labelled against Mr Khan especially about his salary, perks and privileges. Appointments are allegedly not based on merit. The procurement of mill equipment from India is also highly questionable because it is extremely necessary to establish whether tenders were called by FSC. It is also very important to establish the amounts and types of equipment procured and whether all of it was solely used in the mills. And if not where is the remaining stock of the equipment?
Any shareholder in a company should be concerned, especially if it happens to be the Government, which is the largest shareholder and has pumped in several millions of dollars of taxpayer funds in loans and guarantees into FSC.
When announcing Mr Khan’s appointment as FSC Chairman, the Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar credited him for improvements to the industry.
But once again, this Government demonstrated that the appointment was to try and save the technically insolvent FSC at the expense of writing off its Government loans and subjugating cane growers through the Reform of the Sugar Cane Industry and Sugar Cane Growers Fund (Amendment) Bills, which have been totally rejected by growers.
Furthermore, his recent CEO appointment was seemingly part of FSC’s Strategic Plan that has never been revealed to the cane growers who are the largest and the most important stakeholders in the industry. They genuinely fear reduction in their income with change to the formula determining sharing of proceeds from sale of sugar from the current 70/30 in favour of growers.
Therefore the Fiji First Government had rewarded him with the CEO’s position.
If Government is really concerned about the viability of FSC, it should immediately authorise an independent investigation into the management and operations of FSC to determine the truth.
We re-iterate that Mr Abdul Khan should immediately step aside to ensure freedom and independence of the investigation process. But his resignation should not be immediate and only come into effect upon completion and outcome of the independent investigation process.
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Professor Biman Prasad
PROS AND CONS OF ZONING: Education Minister correct, to a point? School zoning is to ensure people utilize schools in their area - Reddy
While some people have raised concern about this issue, Doctor Reddy says that if people do not want to send their children in their zone then the ministry would have to close the school in their area.
Doctor Reddy says there are exceptions when the school is not offering particular subjects.
Doctor Reddy says the zoning policy means students must enroll and attend the school in their zones.
He says that zoning will ensure that all schools are adequately inhabited and there will be no overcrowding in schools as free choices in school enrolments will be restricted.
The Education Minister says this will further lead to the improvement of quality performance by all schools.
He says that there are exceptional cases which are given due consideration. Some of these situations can be preferences to take up vernacular subjects, for example, Hindi studies, Na Vosa Vaka Viti, Urdu which may not be offered by all schools, preferences for certain subject combinations which may not be available in the nearest school and attending religious studies at faith based schools hence attending schools outside the zone.
Doctor Reddy says students already in a school outside a zone may continue at the same school.
The Minister says that people need to understand that this is not a blanket policy for all as there are extracts of the policy which cover the range of concerns that people have.
He says those that are not understanding the policy must not create undue confusion but seek audience with the Education Ministry. Source: Fijivillage News
REMOVE THE BLACKLIST AND SHOW FIJI IS TRULY DEMOCRATIC – DRAUNIDALO
The President of the National Federation Party, Hon Roko Tupou Draunidalo today said that the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama needs to follow through rhetoric with action and lift the travel bans on all individuals including former Fiji citizens, who have been barred from entering Fiji for speaking out against the military dictatorship in the aftermath of the December 2006 coup.
Last weekend the PM announced in Australia that any journalist would be free to visit the country and report without restriction once they have been accredited by the Department of Information. This also referred to three prominent journalists from New Zealand and Australia who were banned from entering Fiji.
The Prime Minister has also just urged Fijians in Australia to take advantage of the dual citizenship that Fiji now offers, return to Fiji and build a house or start a business and come and go as they please and be global citizens.
However all this will remain just tokenism unless bans against those who have served Fiji loyally in their capacity as expatriates as well as former Fiji citizens remain in place.
Ms Draunidalo said that the Prime Minister now needs to remove the so-called “black-list” that’s with the Immigration Department that prevents former and current Fiji Citizens from returning to Fiji, the land of their birth.
“The name of academics Professor Brij Lal and his wife, Dr Padma Lal, as well as other individuals who have been placed on this list for frivolous, undemocratic reasons, must be removed if the Prime Minister really wants to show the world that Fiji is a robust democracy.”
“Inviting Fijians to return home for simply financial and economic reasons, is not being global at all. They have their families, friends, cultural roots and identity here in Fiji and have the best foundation to contribute to Fiji’s social and economic progress. “
“The fact that remittances is reported to be easily Fiji’s second largest foreign exchange earner after tourism, says a lot for the generosity, cultural ties and the greatest asset that we have – in the Fijians overseas, who keep sending through funds to their homeland.”
Ms Draunidalo also called on the Prime Minister to be transparent with the usage of taxpayers’ funds to fund members of his entourage to Sydney and to New Zealand.
“First of all, we saw the Commissioner of Police was in that delegation. Now why was the Commissioner of Police accompanying the Prime Minister to a Fiji Day function at the same time when the DPP’s Office has confirmed the inefficiencies of his office in detaining members of the Opposition, including the NFP Leader, Professor Biman Prasad.”
“The Commissioner of Police should have been all throughout here in Fiji, attending to the spiraling crime cases, police brutality and thinking out long-term, sustainable and lawful solutions without taking the all too easy, draconian solution of arming the Police Force,” Ms Draunidalo added.
The NFP President also outlined that an NFP Government will remove the blacklist and will repeal the excessive powers given to the Immigration Minister, Prime Minister or any other minister, public official or organization that is not fair and just in a democratic society.
“This also includes removing any legislation that infringes on basic civil and political rights, and following through with action, including ceasing the harassment and arbitrary arrest of its citizens.”
“We will be guided by recognised international benchmarks and our commitments and not by anyone’s own personal version of what the standards are.”
“And as I’ve earlier mentioned, we will also reduce the allowances and emoluments of Ministers and Assistant Ministers."
The Prime Minister who is currently in Australia is enjoying a daily travel allowance that received a massive 300 percent increase on the old rate that was decreed on 3rd October 2014.
The National Federation Party was the only party that voted against the increase in emoluments and allowances and has refused to take on the increases despite a Parliamentary vote for it.
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Hon Roko Tupou Draunidalo
"...Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy... censorship. When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives." --Robert A. Heinlein, -If This Goes On
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The Draft Ghai Constitution 2013
The Explanatory Report
Appendage to Draft Constitution
Professor Yash Ghai's Statement