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PM blasts Rabuka’s reply

March 5, 2019 11:15 am

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has blasted the Opposition Leader for politicizing the statement that he delivered at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last week.

Bainimarama says Sitiveni Rabuka’s statement questioning his sincerity is ill-thought and only highlights the SODELPA leader’s incompetence.

Rabuka on his social media page made allegations that the Prime Minister is a liar who has oppressed human rights since 2006 when he took over the government.

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Rabuka adds Bainimarama’s speech to the UN should have reflected on the truth rather than just speculating his own perception on the status of human rights in Fiji.

Rabuka also made several claims about the running of the government, the provision of the 2013 constitution, the introduction of new laws and decrees that he claims are substantive breaches of human rights.

In response, Bainimarama says Fiji’s inclusion into the Human Rights council speaks volume of the work done by the FijiFirst government to improve human rights in the country.

He says Rabuka was quick to point out the events of 2006 which was totally different from Rabuka’s two coups in 1987 when people were physically assaulted on the streets, women were raped and the government entities were illegally sold.

The Prime Minister says it was the 2013 constitution that put a stop to the evil created by Rabuka and put things into perspective when compared to Rabuka’s 1997 constitution which led to the permanent alienation of native land in Momi and Denarau.

Bainimarama says Rabuka and his party – SODELPA should be thankful that the country under the FijiFirst leadership has finally been accepted as a member of the Human Rights Council which is a historical milestone achievement for Fiji.

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