Last week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged Iloilo to reinstate the deposed judges [JURIST report]. Earlier that week, members of Fiji's Law Society [organization website] called for deposed judges to remain in office [JURIST report] and resist the current military regime's attempts to oust them. Turmoil has built since the Court of Appeal of Fiji declared [JURIST report] that the appointment of the military government following a 2006 coup d'etat [JURIST report] that ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase [BBC profile] was unconstitutional. Concerns about the constitutional suspension have also been expressed [statement text] by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US State Department [official website] spokesperson Richard Aker, who said that it was a step backwards [press release] for the country, and called on Fiji to continue to recognize rights outlined in the suspended constitution.
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