Fijileaks: We have called for Raj's scalp over the years but we stand by his assertion that it is very dangerous to ignore the history of RACISM in Fiji; now RABUKA - the Godfather of Racism - is back: leading SODELPA
"I want them (Indo-Fijians) to stay here. It will be a big challenge for us to convert them to Christianity. We either go that way, or they convert us and we all become heathens. Those who do not choose to become Christians can continue to live here, but they will probably find that it is a difficult place to live in" - The Minister for Home Affairs and coupist "Brigadier" Sitiveni Rabuka, 1988; We must not forget that this man also deprived a native Fijian from the western division of Fiji, Dr Timoci Bavadra, from ruling as Prime Minister of Fiji; so the 1987 coup was not only against Indo-Fijians but also against the native Fijians from the western division on 17 May 1987
Fijileaks has no doubt that Sitiveni Rabuka, now surrounded by the most extremist ethno-nationalist SODELPA MPs, will try to achieve his 1987 objectives constitutionally what he failed to do through his coups.
FOR THE RECORD: He was only temporarily halted in his brutal "Hitlerian grand design" after MOHAMMED RAFIQ KAHAN, VICTOR LAL and others (some now wanting to politically wrap themselves in his sulu) decided to taken him head-on with the "Guns of Lautoka" in 1988, echoing the then deposed Finance Minister Mahendra Pal Chaudhry's warning to Rabuka: "We have a fight on our hands and I believe in dealing with it until the matter is resolved one way or the other. I was born here. I am not a foreigner here. I have every right to fight for this country. We are not going to subjugate ourselves to a constitution of this kind [the racist 1990 Constitution], signing away all our rights and agreeing to be slaves."
MOHAMMED RAFIQ KAHAN: I wanted you to test the guns that we are going to supply to our brothers (Indo-Fijians) here because Fiji is making a fool of itself in the world. There are traitors running this country...The arms were brought to Fiji for the protection of the Indo-Fijian people during civil disturbance"
FOR THE RECORD: The coup coward Rabuka wrapped himself under the sulu of IMMUNITY in the racist 1990 Constitution of Fiji [and still intact in the 1997 Constitution of Fiji) and brought in draconian media decrees and detention without trial in Fiji against those he suspected of being behind the GUNS OF LAUTOKA, and beat up anyone who dared to SPEAK OUT against HIM
“We are also appalled with the false accusations and political commentary that have emerged from Mr Raj in defending the statement of Fiji’s Ambassador to Geneva, Nazhat Shameem at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council. His statement was based on an inaccurate lengthy version of the Ambassador’s statement, which the Fiji Mission in Geneva continued to have on its website and furthermore made some serious political commentary and opinion of what he thinks is true.”
As the Director of a constitutionally independent commission, Mr Raj had cast inaccurate, political aspersions on opposition political parties, without checking the basic facts, including the true record of the speech.”
ASHWIN RAJ MUST BE DISMISSED FROM HIS POSITIONS: NFP
The National Federation Party has called for the immediate dismissal of Ashwin Raj in both his positions as Chair of the Media Industry and Development Authority (MIDA) and Director of the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (FHRADC), following his suggestions to stifle freedom of speech on national television.
Party Leader, Professor Biman Prasad, said that the suggestions on Sunday night 2nd April) by Mr Raj on FBCTV Current Affairs Show For the Record, where he urged the State to pursue the regulation of social media are shocking and must be condemned in the strongest terms.
“The NFP strongly condemns these suggestions to the State by Mr Raj, which we know are all being said under the pretext of “responsibility.”
“It is chilling, unconstitutional and could be easily wielded as an instrument to again stifle the voices of the people of Fiji.”
“What we find further disturbing are his pointed attacks on political parties and then the further justification of these attacks, to bring in regulation over social media.”
“The NFP sees this as a blatant attempt to stifle the voices of political parties in the lead-up to elections next year.”
“Fiji already has in place a heavily regulated media industry, with draconian laws, and penalties.”
“There is no need to introduce further laws to stifle civil liberties. There is instead a great need to repeal these laws.”
Professor Prasad added that citizens had taken to Mr Raj himself, their complaints on communal antagonism against FBCTV for the program Wasea Basha.
“However Mr Raj merely brushed these off as not meeting the “threshold for inciting communal discord.”
“It seems he has conveniently changed his mind on what such a “threshold” constitutes when this has concerned the State and its representatives”
“We are also appalled with the false accusations and political commentary that have emerged from Mr Raj in defending the statement of Fiji’s Ambassador to Geneva, Nazhat Shameem at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council.”
“His statement was based on an inaccurate lengthy version of the Ambassador’s statement, which the Fiji Mission in Geneva continued to have on its website and furthermore made some serious political commentary and opinion of what he thinks is true.”
“He continued to drive that agenda on Sunday night on FBCTV.”
“As the Director of a constitutionally independent commission, Mr Raj had cast inaccurate, political aspersions on opposition political parties, without checking the basic facts, including the true record of the speech.”
“The fact that a public servant in the Director of the FHRADC, has come into the political scene, falsely accusing opposition political parties of his own opinionated conclusion, contradicts the behaviour expected of pubic servants which explicitly demand political neutrality and impartiality.”
“They contravene the constitutional values and principles expected of public servants who should display high standards of behavior, including professional ethics and integrity.”
“I call on the Chairperson and members of the FHRADC who are constitutionally responsible for the promotion, protection, observation, of human rights, to take a proactive interest in the work of the commission and its officers, particularly its Director.”
“Mr Raj should be terminated from his positions to allow other more worthy, neutral and independent Fijians to apply for the position. His utterances and accusations are damning where he has crossed the line as a public servant acting as a mouthpiece for a political agenda.”
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Professor Biman Prasad