Thursday, March 16, 2006

Human Rights

This is the text of an e-mail I just received. Note that one of the topics of the debate is IF HUMAN RIGHTS ARE UNIVERSAL! This is not the first time I have heard (actually read) this question being asked. It comes up in letters to the editor and interviews with Important People (tm) in the paper with alarming frequency. I find it disturbing that the existence of Human Rights is even questioned, but I'm glad that there are folks here in Fiji making the claim that they do indeed exist and are essential.

Debate: Respecting Human Rights: challenges in Fiji and worldwide

Date: Tuesday March the 21st at 6.30PM
Venue: Alliance Française
Entrance: free

At the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March), the Alliance Française and the Regional Office for the Pacific of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
(OHCHR) propose a debate: Respecting human rights: challenges in Fiji and worldwide No country or region in the world is sparred from human rights concerns.
Fiji is no exception; but what are currently the main human rights challenges the country faces? Are human rights truly universal or should they be specific to the Pacific region? How can the human rights cause progress in Fiji?


• 6.30PM The pain of others. At work for the UN Commission on Human Rights.
A film-documentary produced by the Swiss Television

• 7.00PM Debate: what human rights challenges for Fiji?

Speakers: Dr. Shaista Shameem, Director, Fiji Human Rights Commission Ms. Edwina Kotoisuva, Deputy Coordinator, Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre


At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are the rumors true?
returning home?
Southern Oregon wants to know.

At 11:14 AM, Blogger rose said...


i'll post more later

irrational fear of playa hatin' in the comments


At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are missed in the Pacific NW.
So, good news for us.

At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 3:31 PM, Blogger Semi Meo said...

Wouldn’t the majority Pacific dwellers champion "collective/communal human rights' as to individual human right?.. though, both vital for peaceful co-existence.

This purported Forum may have lost its punch even before the first speaker graces the podium as most major human rights abuse, in Fiji’s case, may be retrospectively gleaned from the evil event immediately after 051206.

Though the legality and intent of the formation of many forums to facilitate public expressing have been formed; the Charter Committee, BUL, etc have been accepted to foster human rights and privileges of expressions not otherwise available to the majority of the Fiji community since Independence. Most of the stallholder who patronize these avenues of redress and expression may not have necessarily supported the act of high treason by the collaborators of the evil, immoral and illegal act of 051206.

By again, to us lay people, how do we achieve or measure optimum human rights? Could other free western countries be example in real economic and social liberation?? or do these very rights bind us??

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rose speaks of Human Rights in Fiji like it is a Fedreal Crime. I lived in Portland and around for many years (Tualitin, Tigard, Lake Oswego and Beaverton) and wil I lived there I also noted Human Rifghts abuse taking place.

Human Rights violations take place all over the world however some people notice it in other countries other than in their own (like Rose) This is not because they live with everyday therefore it becomes a norm until hey experinec it elsewhere.

Human rights inPortland is riff. you can see it when you go down town. The way the homeless are treated, the way the American Indian communities are put on the back burner and not giving them more recognition.

Superpower countries are the worst in human rights violations. I therefore ask Rose to please try and critic on her own back yard before rubbishing Fiji.

Your personal bad experience during your stay in Fiji with your husband is your own. Others may have a better time than yours. So dont go rubbishing ways people live or how they are treated because the US of A is in a bigger shamble than Fiji.



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