September 4, 2013
by Max Slater
Fiji's draft constitution does not adequately protect basic human rights, Amnesty International (AI) said Wednesday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) also released a statement on Wednesday calling on Fiji to revise its draft constitution to include protections for freedom of speech, assembly and ...[read more]
August 1, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The High Court of Fiji on Tuesday found Laisenia Qarase, the country's last democratically-elected prime minister, guilty of nine counts of corruption under the Fiji Penal Code. Suva Court Justice Priyantha Fernando's ruling upholds the findings of a panel of assessors, convicting Qarase of six ...[read more]
January 2, 2012
by John Paul Putney
Fiji's military ruler, Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama announced Sunday that the nation's state of emergency laws will be lifted this week to facilitate a nationwide consultation process for a new constitution. The announcement was cautiously welcomed by longtime regional critics, ...[read more]
October 9, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On October 9, 2008, the Fiji High Court dismissed a legal challenge to the country's 2006 coup which ousted former prime minister Laisenia Qarase and established the authority of Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo. The lawsuit was originally brought by Qarase in October 2007. He also made claims ...[read more]
April 10, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On April 10, 2009, Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo suspended the Constitution and revoked the appointment of all judicial officers, following a ruling from the Fiji Court of Appeal that declared Iloilo's appointment of Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama as prime minister unconstitutional. ...[read more]
December 6, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 6, 2006, Fiji military commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama declared a state of emergency, appointing a new prime minister and head of police in the South Pacific island nation after overthrowing the government in a military coup. Bainimarama later dismissed criticism of the coup and ...[read more]
October 3, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
Fijian opposition leader Mahendra Chaudry was arrested by military authorities Friday for allegedly holding public meetings in violation of regulations imposed by the military government of Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama. Chaudry, a former prime minister who lost power ...[read more]
September 1, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 1, 2009, the Commonwealth of Nations suspended Fiji from its organization because it failed to meet the September 1 deadline for reinstating a constitutional democracy and opening a national dialog following the December 2006 military coup. Fiji's acting Prime Minister Ratu Epeli ...[read more]
April 13, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth
International rights organizations voiced concern Tuesday about a draft media law the Fijian government is slated to approve in the near future. The Media Industry Development Decree 2010 includes several provisions that could result in the imprisonment of journalists for up to five years and ...[read more]
March 6, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
The Fiji High Court sentenced eight men to prison terms ranging from three to seven years for plotting the assassination of the leader of the country's military government on Friday. The sentencing judge, Justice Paul Madigan chastised the men for their greed and racial motivations in the plot ...[read more]

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