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Fiji Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2012 continuously since the abrogation of the constitution in April 2009. The In Fiji, 2012 was a year of raised and announcement was welcomed by local then repeatedly dashed expectations. civil society organizations as well as In January, brief euphoria greeted the by the United Nations, the Common- dropping of public emergency regula- wealth, Australia, and New Zealand. tions, but stiff controls were promptly Yet, within days, a new Public Order reinstated several days later. In March, (Amendment) Decree 2012 had been hopes for a relatively smooth restora- introduced that revived many of the tion of the rule of law and reason- key provisions of martial law, includ- ably free elections before September ing police powers to prohibit meet- 2014 were greatly encouraged both at ings, impose travel bans, and under- home and abroad when Yash Ghai—a take house arrests, as well as military former United Nations (UN) envoy powers to assume the roles of police to Cambodia—was appointed by the and prison officers (Fiji government interim government to head the sched- 2012a). This was the first of many uled Fiji Constitution Commission incidents in 2012 in which the interim (fcc). Yet by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2008 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2012 continuously since the abrogation of the constitution in April 2009. The In Fiji, 2012 was a year of raised and announcement was welcomed by local then repeatedly dashed expectations. civil society organizations as well as In January, brief euphoria greeted the by the United Nations, the Common- dropping of public emergency regula- wealth, Australia, and New Zealand. tions, but stiff controls were promptly Yet, within days, a new Public Order reinstated several days later. In March, (Amendment) Decree 2012 had been hopes for a relatively smooth restora- introduced that revived many of the tion of the rule of law and reason- key provisions of martial law, includ- ably free elections before September ing police powers to prohibit meet- 2014 were greatly encouraged both at ings, impose travel bans, and under- home and abroad when Yash Ghai—a take house arrests, as well as military former United Nations (UN) envoy powers to assume the roles of police to Cambodia—was appointed by the and prison officers (Fiji government interim government to head the sched- 2012a). This was the first of many uled Fiji Constitution Commission incidents in 2012 in which the interim (fcc). Yet by

Journal

The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 2, 2013

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