Press Statement: “The Proposed Be The Change is extremely disappointed and appalled at the Fiji police decision to detain members of the opposition parties” (10.09.2016)


The Proposed Be The Change is extremely disappointed and appalled at the Fiji police decision to detain members of the opposition parties and a civil society representative for merely excising their rights to freedom of expression.

Biman Prasad, Sitiveni Rabuka, Tupeni Baba, Attar Singh, and Jone Dakuvula’s arrest is unwarranted and unconstitutional, and oozes of bullying tactics employed to shut down opposing voices.

The five have been arrested for allegedly attending a Constitution Forum organized by Pacific Dialogue Forum this week and not having the permit to do so. This comes after police shut down a meeting organized by Dialogue Fiji, ironically on constitution day that guarantees freedom of expression.

In July 2014, the attorney general himself had declared that, public permits were no longer required for meetings as long as they were not on a public road, in public parks, playgrounds, or arenas.

None of these meeting were held in a public arena, yet authorities have taken drastic steps to shut it down, to an extent that police have searched homes and offices of the detainees, confiscating Mr Prasad’s laptop.

This is igniting fear and suppression in the public at large, impinges on the right to freedom of expression and association and goes against the values of genuine democracy.

We condemn this very undemocratic and controlling move by the police and appeal to the authorities to release the five people with dignity and respect.

The Proposed Be The Change stands in solidarity with the detained members.

Fijian Villagers cheer on Olympic Rugby 7s Gold Medallist (Youtube-Clip)

Rio Olympic 2016: Fiji Rugby Seven Team wins the first Gold Medal as the First Pacific Island Nation!

GB Fiji

“History complete, Fiji becomes the first pacific Island nation to win an Olympic medal and GOLD at that ! What a way to do it, absolutely blowing GB off the park. Fiji be proud, this is your day and will be one of my favourite memories from these Olympics.! A nation will go nuts today with joy. GoNuts Fiji Rio 2016 Fiji win it 43-7.” (Veitchy  on Sport, 12.08.2016).

One of the stars of Fiji:

“Captain Kolinisau has scored in the Rio 2016 final, but it’s on the world series he has been putting tries in for Fiji for years! Check out some of his best on the series…..” (World Rugby Seven Series, 2016).

Banks we’re closed during the finals:

Fiji Banks

Picture pre-match: 

Fiji GB

 What it means: 

Fiji History

Another Clip:

Fun fact for your interested in the Olympics, the sport of Rugby haven’t been part of the Summer Olympics since 1924. So the chances for the Fiji to win we’re slim as the favorites of World Series and such we’re surely supposed to be ahead. This is a big deal and the Rugby Team from Fiji deserves praise for their achievement. Be proud! Congratulation on your victory and GOLD medal! Peace.