Rudd Blasts Illegal Fiji Regime

posted 15 Dec 2011, 14:05 by fiji democracy freedom movement victoria   [ updated 15 Dec 2011, 14:07 ]

In an interview with Sky News, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, criticised Fiji's illegal Regime for the deportation of Australia and New Zealand Union delegation. He said, “the Fiji interim Government has missed an opportunity to demonstrate that it is not afraid of international scrutiny.” The Australian minister said it was also “very concerning” that consular access was denied to the delegation. He added that Australia had an ongoing commitment to promoting labour and human rights and ensuring that trade unionists remain free from intimidation.

An attempt by Australian and New Zealand unionists to investigate allegations of human and labour rights breaches by Fiji's Bainimarama government has ended with the delegation being thrown out of the island state before they could get in.

Australian Council of Trade Unions president Ged Kearney, who was among the five delegates, says when the group arrived at the Nadi International Airport yesterday, they were told to go back home.

According to coupfourandhalf, Helen Kelly, the president of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, sent a text to New Zealand confirming they were being ordered out but revealed the regime had to pay their return fare.
She's told media waiting at Sydney Airport their passports and phones were confiscated and they were held in the customs area and forced to get back on a plane.




Photo: courtesy of Sky News

Posted 15/12/2012 by Vonivate Driu