Fiji’s Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama is disappointed in the fact that the Leader of Opposition chose to spread lies to the Fijian people instead of celebrating a significant and historic moment for Fiji, after being the first Pacific Island Country to be elected into the UN Human Rights Council.

Earlier this week the Leader of Opposition, Sitiveni Rabuka, released a statement and criticized the Prime Minister’s speech at the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland last month.

Rabuka said Bainiamarama made false claims during his speech which should have reflected the truth, rather than speculating his own perception on the status of human rights in Fiji.

Rabuka also stated that he is disappointed in Bainimarama who claimed that the FijiFirst Government is a “Champion for Human Rights”.

However, while speaking to Fiji One News, the Prime Minister clapped back at Rabuka’s statement.

Bainimarama said it has taken Fiji an incredible amount of time and effort to rebuild our country’s reputation in the global stage since the time when the Leader of Opposition triggered a wave of violence, discrimination, intimidation and oppression.

“It is such a shame that instead of uniting and celebrating this achievement of Fiji being elected the first Pacific Nation in the history of the UN Human Rights Council, he chooses again to spread lies to the Fijian people. This is the time of coming together in recognition of our progress and not divisive politics. Both the Fijian people and international community have made this clear,” said Bainimarama.

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