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Legal News
4 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Fiji's draft constitution does not adequately protect basic human rights [press release], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Wednesday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] also released a statement on Wednesday calling on Fiji to revise its draft constitution [press release] to include protections for freedom of speech, assembly … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The High Court of Fiji [official website] on Tuesday found Laisenia Qarase [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the country's last democratically-elected prime minister, guilty of nine counts of corruption under the Fiji Penal Code [text]. Suva Court Justice Priyantha Fernando's ruling [Fiji Sun report] upholds the findings of a … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2012
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] Fiji's military ruler, Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama [BBC profile] announced [text] 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 [Sydney Morning Herald report], Australia … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] 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 [BBC profile]. Chaudry, a former prime minister who lost power in a coup in 2000, is … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] International rights organizations voiced concern Tuesday about a draft media law [text, PDF] 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 stiff fines. … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] 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 [BBC report] for their greed and racial motivations in the … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2009
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The Commonwealth of Nations [official website] on Tuesday suspended [press release] the island nation of Fiji [JURIST news archive] from its organization because it failed to meet the September 1 deadline for reinstating a constitutional democracy and opening a national dialogue following its December 2006 military coup [JURIST report]. … [read more]


Legal News
17 Aug 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The government of Fiji is seeking foreign judges to replace judicial officers whose appointments were revoked after an April suspension [JURIST report] of the country's constitution, according to a Sunday report [text] from Sri Lanka's Sunday Times. Fijian Chief Justice Anthony Gates interviewed candidates in Colombo, Sri Lanka, last … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday announced [press release] plans to establish a new constitution by September 2013. Bainimarama said that the new constitution would be in place at least one year prior to the elections planned for September 2014 … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Representatives of the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) and the Law Council of Australia (LCA) [official websites] said Monday that the Fijian government's plan to take over the issuance of legal licenses threatens to disrupt the rule of law in the country. In a decree [text, PDF] issued Friday, … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The Pacific Islands Forum [official website] on Saturday suspended [press release] Fiji's membership in the 16-nation bloc after Fiji's current military government failed to meet a May 1 deadline to schedule elections. Niue Premier and Forum Chairman Toke Talagi [official profile] said that the suspension stemmed from Fiji's recent … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Fijian Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum said Friday that the government would name new judges [RNZ audio] to replace those discharged following the suspension [JURIST report] of the country's constitution by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] two weeks ago. Speaking to Radio New Zealand (RNZ), Khaiyum said that … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] to reinstate dismissed judges and lift media restrictions imposed after Iloilo suspended [JURIST report] the country's constitution. Pillay said that the 5-year interim government declared by Iloilo … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Members of Fiji's Law Society [organization website] on Tuesday called for deposed judges to remain in office and resist the current military regime's attempts to oust them. Judiciary confusion and political upheaval have continued in Fiji as lawyers refused to accept [Australian report] the dismantling of the government by … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama [BBC profile], the head of the Fijian military, was reappointed Saturday [Reuters report] as prime minister of the country by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] a day after Iloilo suspended the country's constitution [JURIST report] following a Thursday ruling [JURIST report] by the … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2009
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] announced Friday that he was suspending [statement text] the country's constitution [text], and revoking the appointment of all judicial officers, after the Fiji Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled [JURIST report] his appointment of military officer Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama [BBC profile] as Prime Minister unconstitutional. Iloilo had … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Fiji ruled Thursday that the country's appointment of a military government following a 2006 coup [JURIST report] was unconstitutional and must be replaced immediately by an interim prime minister until democratic elections can be held. Ousted Fijian prime minister Laisenia Qarase [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Fiji on Tuesday began considering a challenge to the legitimacy of the sitting government brought by ousted Fijian prime minister Laisenia Qarase [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Qarase appeals from a November High Court decision [text, PDF; JURIST report] holding that President Ratu Josefa … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Former Fijian prime minister Laisenia Qarase [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Wednesday that he will seek an appeal of an October decision by the Fijian High Court dismissing his challenge [JURIST report] to the country's 2006 coup. In its decision [text, PDF], the High Court held that Fijian … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Fiji's High Court on Thursday dismissed [decision, PDF] a legal challenge to the country's 2006 coup, holding that Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] had the authority to name new leaders after former prime minister Laisenia Qarase [BBC profile] was ousted by the Fijian military. Qarase originally brought … [read more]

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