The Fiji Labour Party expresses its disgust at CMAG’s decision to remove Fiji from its list of countries under monitor for human rights abuses.
FLP questions the basis on which the CMAG decision was made considering that it did not carry out any findings on the Fiji situation nor did it seek the opinion of all parties concerned.
CMAG’s decision is particularly deplorable in view of the fact that State sponsored racial discrimination continues in Fiji unchecked and is in blatant violation of the Commonwealth’s own Harare Declaration.
It is surprising that the Commonwealth ignores such rampant racism which have been condemned by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The UN committee has called on Fiji to remove all forms of State backed practices and policies that are racially discriminatory.
“CMAG’s decision has placed the credibility of the Commonwealth in serious question,” Labour Parliamentary Leader Mahendra Chaudhry said.