Fiji’s Prime Minister has announced an end to regulations that imposed martial law on the country in 2009.
In his New Year’s address to the nation this evening, Commodore Frank Bainimarama said Public Emergency Regulations would end from Saturday January 7. …
Martial law gave the military and police the right to use lethal force without being subject to judicial review, and also includes media censorship.
This gives some hope or cautious optimism for Fiji. I am not sure if Fiji will be able to transition back to a democratic state, and if the Commodore will surrender substantial power in 2014. But this is definitely a good step in the right direction towards a democratic Fiji.
The media censorship regulations especially were quite repugnant, and it will be good to see them gone.