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Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2013: Fiji

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2013: Fiji Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2013 Papua New Guinea is not reviewed in this issue. mission chair, Professor Yash Ghai (see Fraenkel 2013). Although the six hundred copies were impounded, the document was soon leaked and freely available on the Internet (fcc 2012). In January, President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau denounced the fcc draft as threatening "financial and economic catastrophe and ruin" (Nailatikau 2013). The commission, he said, had "succumbed to the whims of the few who have an interest in perpetuating divisions within our society." These were bizarre claims, inspired by the regime's discomfort with the groundswell of popular political engagement occasioned by the fcc's deliberations. The fcc had accommodated all of Bainimarama's "nonnegotiable" demands, even endorsing--at least for those swearing an oath of allegiance-- the far-reaching immunity provisions in its enabling decrees not only for perpetrators of the 2006 coup but also for those responsible for the 1987 and 2000 coups (fcc 2012, schedule 6, section 27; Fiji Government 2012a, 2012b; Fiji Government 1990, chapter 14). Its core fault was that it had offered a political settlement that was palatable to those still, more or less publicly, opposed to the regime. This was an affront to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2013: Fiji

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 26 (2) – Sep 17, 2014

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Melanesia in Review: Issues and Events, 2013 Papua New Guinea is not reviewed in this issue. mission chair, Professor Yash Ghai (see Fraenkel 2013). Although the six hundred copies were impounded, the document was soon leaked and freely available on the Internet (fcc 2012). In January, President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau denounced the fcc draft as threatening "financial and economic catastrophe and ruin" (Nailatikau 2013). The commission, he said, had "succumbed to the whims of the few who have an interest in perpetuating divisions within our society." These were bizarre claims, inspired by the regime's discomfort with the groundswell of popular political engagement occasioned by the fcc's deliberations. The fcc had accommodated all of Bainimarama's "nonnegotiable" demands, even endorsing--at least for those swearing an oath of allegiance-- the far-reaching immunity provisions in its enabling decrees not only for perpetrators of the 2006 coup but also for those responsible for the 1987 and 2000 coups (fcc 2012, schedule 6, section 27; Fiji Government 2012a, 2012b; Fiji Government 1990, chapter 14). Its core fault was that it had offered a political settlement that was palatable to those still, more or less publicly, opposed to the regime. This was an affront to

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Published: Sep 17, 2014

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