FIJI FACES COMMONWEALTH MEMBERSHIP ULTIMATUM

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, April 3) – Fiji could face termination of its Commonwealth membership if a road-map to elections in two years is not ready soon.

Commonwealth Secretary General, Don McKinnon says failure to clearly define a time frame and procedures for the return to democracy will threaten Fiji's position.

McKinnon is expected to send his top human rights adviser to hold talks here.

Fiji TV reports Rabab Fatima will seek talks with interim regime officials including Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, Archbishop Petero Mataca, and Human Rights Commissioner, Shamima Ali

Church officials and civil society groups could also be consulted during the visit.

McKinnon says too many people have ended up at the army barracks because of their views.

He also says human rights abuse here remain un-reported because of self-censorship by the media.

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