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Rabuka’s view remains the same as 1987: Raj

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Rabuka’s view remains the same as 1987: Raj

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Rachael Nath

The Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commissioner believes that Sitiveni Rabuka’s view remains the same from his action of 1987.

Director, Ashwin Raj has lashed out at Rabuka for claiming “our race demands and wants and needs differ” stating this very ideology led to two decades of institutionalized racism.

Raj says his actions instilled structural inequality and poverty, where only the elite benefited.

He adds this philosophy caused great impacts on the livelihood of Fijians, as it controlled leases for hundreds of cane farmers, iTaukei and Indo-Fijian were exploited in the garment factories and children were deprived of equal opportunities to education.

The Director says not only were Indo-Fijians deprived of equal opportunities, the requirements for a Fijian Affairs Board (FAB) scholarship also excluded children that were not registered under the Vola Ni Kawa Bula (VKB).

Raj says it comes as no surprise that Rabuka is against the principle of common and equal citizenry and does not believe that everyone has the right to be called Fijian.

He adds the 1997 Constitution which was Rabuka and NFP’s legacy, was marred by the same contradiction.

The Director reiterates this is why the 2013 Constitution marks a significant break from the politics of the past.

He says difficult as it may be for the likes of Rabuka to accept this reality, the Constitution for the first time extends substantive equality to all without trying the tactics of our colonial and post-independence past to divide and rule.”



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