Lift Sanctions on Fiji Now

NZ Herald

Murray McCully doesn’t have to visit Zimbabwe to find out what is really happening there yet John Key talks of easing the sanctions imposed by NZ in 2002 because of human rights abuses.

“New Zealand imposed financial and travel sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 to protest serious human rights abuses under the reign of President Robert Mugabe…..

He said in his view, sanctions were often “spectacularly unsuccessful.”

“And if it really is holding back genuine development, that is something we might look at. But it is very early days.”

He said Mr Tsvangirai had been pushing for reform in Zimbabwe and New Zealand’s Government wanted to know what the best way forward was and how to eliminate human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.”

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai might be a good person but President Robert Mugabe is still the boss and he is a bad bastard.

Question is – why hasn’t John Key lifted the travel sanctions imposed on Fiji?

It might be early days in Zimbabwe but certainly not in Fiji with the electronic voter registration taking place right now. Fiji has stuck to its plan in the Roadmap to Democracy 2009-2014.

Read about this on page 8 in this PDF document under heading 2.1.2 “The Electoral and Parliamentary System”. 2012 is, and always has been, the planned time frame for the voter registration process before 2014 elections can take place.

Fiji has done nothing compared to what Robert Mugabe has done and Murray McCully said he is feeling positive about Fiji. You can see this at 25 secs into a video on Fiji TV’s website.

There is no excuse now.

NZ Government must drop the travel sanctions that Helen Clark imposed on Fiji. Using John Key’s statement that sanctions were often “spectacularly unsuccessful” it is time for Fiji to be realsed from those “spectacularly unsuccessful” sanction.

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