Ladies and Gentlemen, this morning Friday the 19th of February 2010, at 12.00 pm Canberra DST, a petition was handed over to the Interim Prime Minster, Mr. Voreqe Bainimarama. The petition was from Mr. Vilisi Nadaku, his wife Ana and their five children, demanding Bainimarama and his Interim government to return Fiji to the polls this year, 2010.
Accompanying the petition was a letter from me, and a list of people and organisations who endorsed and supported the Nadaku family's intiative, who took the brave and selfless step in informing Bainimarama and his government of our right, demand and entitlement.
This action I could say, is also supported by the UN Human Rights Council, with majority of its members agreeing to the fact, that Fiji has been deprived of fundamental human rights in its recent meeting in Geneva, to which they further commented through their respective representatives, that Bainimarama should restore the 1997 constitution, and return the country immediately to electons and a democratically elected government.
The number of people that are represented in the support of the Nadaku family came to a total of 685,936. To all of you who have put your names and photos to support your intensions, I would like to thank you for your loyalty to your country and its freedom. You have contributed immensely to the liberation of your homeland.
I would like to thank the Democracy Movement Chapters and their respective leaders and supporters. Let me remind you, that after being mocked for doing nothing but blogging, we have achieved a lot, not only in getting the World to sit up and take notice, but most importantly to take action. The three events that took place in the space of a week, (HRC, Vanuatu PIF, Petition) showed that “Truth” has decided to show itself, and it has exhibited its strength, its timing, significance and most importantly its desirability or value to human kind.
The petition has been sent to various high offices and entities for further exposure of the peoples' desire.
This localities include, UN HQ New York, EU, Commonwealth Secretariat, Political parties Head Offices (Fiji), Various embassies and High Commissions, Bloggs/Websites, NGOs, Academics in Fiji and abroad, ANU College of Asian Pacific Studies , Amnesty International and Churches.
That part done, we will await Bainimarama's response, and in the meantime, we will be putting a second part of the fight in motion. While I cannot disclose the nature of the actions we will take as yet, I can tell you that we will intensify our efforts and we are confident of volutary support, if the response to the petition is anything to go by.
I hope that the fight will now be of a more extreme degree, because the Regime will not be giving us our freedom cheaply. That said, I will remind one and all, they(military) have blood on their hands, and if we don't liberate the country for our children, then, we are guilty of the same offence.
A special mention for the President and members of the Melbourne Democracy Movement Chapter, for their “Lolo- Masumasu” every Tuesday since their conception. This fight cannot be won with mortal strength, we need Divine intervention, for a complete and through victory. From me to all of you, vinaka vakalevu.
This is a reminder, for those who try to oppress people who pray and believe in God ;
Jeremiah 28 : 10. Hananiah grabbed the wooden yoke from my neck and smashed it, 11. Then he said, “The Lord says, this is the way he will smash the power Nebuchadnezzar (Bainimarama) has over the nation(s), and it will happen in less than two years.
Lot 9 Kuruva Place
February 18, 2010.
Dear interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama,
We the Nadaku family, write to share our concerns regarding developments in Fiji since the December 5, 2006 military coup. We urge you to ensure the swift transition to an elected government, and call on you and your officials to immediately and publicly make a commitment that fundamental human rights will be respected.
We are particularly concerned that the longer the Interim Government delays the elections, the more we the people will suffer.
To deny us the right to elections is contrary to Article 21 of the UDHR which states;
“. Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
. Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections, which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.”
You are reminded that Fiji is a signatory to the Declaration.
We also note with concern the latest statement by Brigadier Driti who is quoted as saying that any act of civil disobedience by the people of Fiji will be dealt with “severely”.
These types of statements only create fear and do not promote a healthy relationship between the government of the day and its people.
We as a family unit are of the view that it is our right as citizens of Fiji to demand for elections this year, and for a swift return to parliamentary democracy.
We therefore urge your IG to make a commitment for elections to be held towards the end of the year, 2010.
We also urge the government of Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, The United Kingdom, Japan, The E.U, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Forum Secretariat and other relevant NGO’s and organizations to continue to pursue the process towards elections this year.
It is our humble opinion that this great nation of ours cannot, must not, continue on the path it is taking today. To do so would only prolong the pain and suffering of our people who cannot stand up to voice their opinion due the Public Emergency Regulations, and the censorship of the media.
Copies of this letter have been sent to the three paramount chiefs of the Kubuna, Tovata and Burebasaga Confederacies, the Methodist Church, Foreign Embassies in Fiji, NGO’s and human rights groups, democracy advocates worldwide, and Fijian Political Parties for their information.
We pray that you will do what is right and just for the people of Fiji, based on the four fundamental principles of democracy, government by the people, active participation of the people, protection of human rights and above all, the rule of law.
On behalf of the Nadaku Family.
c.c. Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi
Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu
Ro Adi Teimumu Kepa
Australia High Com
New Zealand High Com
Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre
President Methodist Church In Fiji
Mick Beddoes, UPP
Mahen Chaudhary, FLP
Raman Singh, NFP
Laisenia Qarase, SDL
Citizens Constitutional Forum
Media(Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Daily Post, ABC Australia, RNI)
Democracy and Humans Rights Groups
Support letter :with attachment,
For: Mr. Vilisi Nadaku family petition:
Prime Minister's Office,
Ref: Demand for Election 2010
This is a support letter for Mr. Vilisi Nadaku and his family who have decided to petition you and your government to return Fiji to democracy through an election to be held this year. The reasons for this elections are mentioned in the family's petition and we on the list accompaning this letter fully endorse the idea and give our full support to the Nadaku family.
The Fijian Community has endured a lot since December 2006 and it has suffered politically, economically, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The protraction of these sufferings will find us the people deteriorate further in all facets of life and will distress us further into intolerable circumstances.
We have attached our names, those of us who are willing to speak up for ourselves, the rest of the Fijian community have decided to voice their support through their various Political parties who are represented through their relative official submission herewith. The numbers are given by each party and we believe that this is the right procedure to follow as recommended by you the Interim Prime Minister.
In accordance with your decrees and personal instructions, we believe that the Nadaku family and us who are supporting them have abided by the law by decrees in that we have not spoken against the Regime but we have innocuously brought our plight and anxiety to you, as per your instructions.
This letter and the petition by the Nadaku family will be published worldwide on blogs and will also be mailed to NGOs, various Embassies and High Commissions, EU, PIF, Commonwealth, UN HQ New York and Amnesty International. Vinaka.
for: Attached list.