The IBA is disappointed that the Fijian Government is not supportive of independent reviews of the rule of law and independence of the judiciary. The IBA is also troubled by this latest attempt to thwart the efforts of a non-political professional association to assess the situation.
The IBA is not deterred, however, in carrying out its review. Using other avenues available, the IBA will continue its work to provide an independent assessment of the rule of law and independence of the judiciary in Fiji . A report will be issued in the near future.
The IBA regrets that the Fiji government will not meet with the delegation to present its own views on the rule of law in Fiji .
‘The Fijian Government has again indicated its lack of support for an independent review of the situation in Fiji . The threat made by the Attorney-General against the delegation is unacceptable in a free and democratic society and reflects badly on the state of affairs in Fiji ’, said Mark Ellis , IBA Executive Director.
Fernando Pombo, President of the IBA, stated: ‘The rescheduled visit had attracted the support of a variety of stakeholders including judges, lawyers and non-government organisations. It is deeply saddening to see that the Fijian Government wishes to prevent this visit from taking place in light of the manner in which it has been welcomed by the rest of the community.’