"There are a few irregularities in the POAD2012 and possible clauses that can be taken out of context and force the current regime into a Human Rights Disaster. As we move towards reinstatingsays youth and human rights activist Peter Waqavonovono.
Democratic values and processes, we cant afford to limit the access of information, movement and gathering of persons, and curtail further the freedom to speak"
This is contrary to the comments made at the 14th SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ......
where Fiji promised to: ..........
...... set in place necessary legal instruments and vital processes necessary to the holding of fair and truly democratic elections and show a firm commitment to upholding and protecting human rights including that of human rights defenders. Waqavonovono says that,
"The fact that human rights violations committed under the POAD2012 cannot be judiciallyWaqavonovono has also questioned the relevance of the Decree in time where there are no signs of Public Unrest or desire to cause any harm to the nation.
questioned, compensated or challenged is a sign for caution."
"I would imagine that the decree should have gone further to suggest remedies to the insecurities of the regime, like investment in peace and human rights awareness and education programs, promotion of civic education, demand anti-violence models and culture within all state run agencies and departments (including the Education system), promotion of Inter-cultural awareness and sharing programs, and the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation type model."
"We must ensure that our voices are heard and that they are seriously taken into consideration.
We will be the generation that defends this Democracy and need to know how it works and evolves, therefore we need to be involved from the very beginning and not brought in as rubber stamps.
The time to sit back and let others lead and negotiate on our behalf because of age is gone, now we need to take hold of our own destiny and make purposeful contributions and demand fair engagement / participation models"