14 Apr 2009

Secretary General of Pacific Islands Forum concerned by Fiji events

4:37 am on 14 April 2009

The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has expressed his deep concern and disappointment at recent developments in Fiji since the Fiji Court of Appeal ruling last week.

Tuiloma Neroni Slade says by clarifying the legal and constitution situation, the Court of Appeal had afforded Fiji the way forward by reasserting the rule of law and affirming the spirit of democracy.

He says the Constitution is a document of the people, working for the people of Fiji.

He says he has found the Constitution's abrogation to be disturbing given its implications for human rights and the democratic aspirations of all the people of Fiji.

He also adds the curtailment of media access and freedom of speech and, as already evident, the disregard for judicial independence are especially worrying.

The Secretary General is planning to consult closely with the Forum Chair, Niue's Premier, Toke Talagi on the Fiji issue.