Friday, August 31, 2007

Fiji: denial

There was no coup in Fiji, and Laisenia Qarase’s rights were not violated. Or at least that's what Fiji Human Rights Commissioner Dr Shaista Shameem is saying in a report [PDF] to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Which I think shows just how much of a bad joke she has become. In case people have forgotten, in December last year Commodore Bainimarama stood in an office and forced Fiji's President at gunpoint to illegally remove the duly elected government. He then had his troops close Parliament, evict MPs and Ministers from their offices, and force the Prime Minister into internal exile in the Lau islands. If this wasn't a coup, you have to wonder what would possibly qualify.