Letters To The Editor, 01st April 2017

Stray Dogs Kirti Patel, Lautoka I agree with a letter writer that at times people fear for their safety from strays thus end up with safety measures during their morning
01 Apr 2017 09:16
Letters To The Editor, 01st April 2017
Stray Dogs

Stray Dogs

Kirti Patel, Lautoka

I agree with a letter writer that at times people fear for their safety from strays thus end up with safety measures during their morning and afternoon walks and runs. Something, no one is keen to do.

However, how can one expect a person to go out on a run or walk without the safety measures?

This is the time when they want to do their physical exercise properly with every effort however half the time is gone in avoiding the strays.

Dealing with strays especially dogs can be a very scary and disturbing issue.

I can understand as any dog staring and barking at me or at times to others give me goosebumps.

Though it is good and very effective for people to learn handling of barking and chasing dogs, not everyone is brave enough to do so. At the spur of the moment people can react anyhow.

There are many strays which need to be sorted out.

The council is doing its best to curb the issue by trapping the stray dogs and their effort is applauded. However please take this into serious consideration. Don’t put them to sleep but rather if possible other alternative can be looked into.

I am sure Government can contribute some financial help in this unfortunate scenario.

I know many are of the same mind and would fully support but please have a heart and show some mercy.

These dogs only need some food and love. Let’s not be cruel to them.

I know logically it is an expensive affair however, nothing changes the fact that those strays are living beings.

Those who have pets at home would know better their feelings towards a pet.

How would one feel if someone puts their pet to sleep?! Ohh . . . just breaks my heart!

There should be a separate compound or surrounding where these animals can be kept but should not be laid to sleep. Period!

Please I hope the authorities can curb this issue; but conveniently.


Confusing racism and indigenous rights

Susana Tuisawau, Suva

In defending what was being said by Fiji’s Ambassador in Geneva regarding racism in Fiji, the director of Fiji’s Human Rights and Anti – Discrimination Commission has clearly compromised his objectivity which is the sacred tenet on which his role as head of that office, is premised.

What should be the first obvious signal and the critical point here is that the issues tabled by the Ambassador are very sensitive to the people of Fiji; are debatable and are what many of us wish to challenge.

These are issues that had divided the nation and are what we the indigenous people of Fiji had often considered to a rise out of a serious lack of understanding of our indigenous rights; our culture and customs and how we feel as a people growing up and living in Fiji’s political environment of today.

These are rights enshrined in  ILO Convention 169 which Fiji had ratified and with which Government should comply; rights subsequently supported by United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIP) of 2007.

Whether she said ‘Caste or Class’ is immaterial. The inference of institutionalised racism in the entire submission is the challenge.

My observation is that there appears to be a contrived attempt to categorise all demands by Fiji’s indigenous people for the recognition and protection of their rights, as racism (i.e. promoting indigenous people’s rights ).

This has manifested in various actions and decrees unilaterally imposed on the indigenous people, by the Government since 2006 and reinforced today.

These no longer recognise the rights of indigenous people to be consulted, before changes that significantly impact on their lives, are imposed (Articles 2 and 9 ILO Convention 169) – purportedly in the name of multiracialism.

These are rights over the governance and ownership of their ancestral land and resources; traditional institutions of governance and identity as an ethnic group.

No discussion or Government paper on racism in Fiji should be undertaken without the meaningful engagement and equal participation of indigenous people’s elected representatives.

This is because of the close relationship or inter-linkages of the two issues.

Indigenous people fear that in the pursuit of multiracialism or in institutionalising the removal of  racism, their very existence as an ethnic group in their ancestral land, will be threatened.

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