13 Jan 2012

Fiji-based news website quotes freedom call by ousted Prime Minister Qarase

12:21 pm on 13 January 2012

A Fiji-based news website has published comments by former Fiji leader Laisenia Qarase calling for more freedoms in the country.

The Fiji media has been restricted under emergency rule which was lifted on Saturday.

Fiji Live describes Mr Qarase as the ousted Prime Minister and quotes him as saying things are still restrictive in Fiji.

He says basic human rights like assembly should be allowed and media freedom should be increased.

Mr Qarase told the news organisation that lifting the Public Emergency Regulations and implementing a new Public Order Act are good but that the government should also allow people their rights before putting in place what is necessary.

He is quoted as saying he welcomes any positive decision made by the Bainimarama government.

Fiji Television ran an interview with regime critic and union leader Felix Anthony at the weekend.