M Rafic Soormally
decimated their populations and stolen their lands and resources.
The main reasons why the archaic offence of criminal defamation, referred to « offences of sedition, seditious libel and defamatory libel », has been abolished in the UK are because it is used in foreign countries to prosecute and imprison political opponents, journalists and to restrict freedom of speech.
If Nandanee Soornack feels that being photographed in public causes her any form of annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety, she should stop doing politics and stay at home or wear a full-face veil in public [...]. What on earth did PTr political activist Mrs Nandanee Soornack think her MSM political [rival] Mr Yogita Sawmynaden would have done with her photograph taken in public [...] ?
Mudslinging against political opponents is nothing new. It is regularly practised by politicians both in Parliament where they enjoy parliamentary privilege and outside Parliament where they do not enjoy such privilege. However, there is no denying that Hon. Cehl Mohamad Fakeemeeah, known as Cehl Meeah, leader of the Front Solidarité Mauricien (FSM) sitting in opposition, is a fervent advocate of zero-tolerance in matters of drug cartels and the drug trade which are not only creating havoc in Mauritius but also throughout the world. There was never any clear and unequivocal public statement made by Cehl Meeah associating Hon. Minister Louis Hervé Aimée with the alleged Rs25m received from the alleged drug cartel of drug baron Derek Jean Jacques, also called Gros Derek.
« In many countries the world over, the central bank has been given the mandate to preserve price stability as its single or primary objective, and been granted autonomy from government to make sure that short-term political considerations do not interfere with achieving this objective. Accountability to the legislature and the public at large balance the central bank’s autonomy » (Paul Moser-Boehm)
The majority has no right to remove any minority-protection system simply because minority protection is an inherent right of each individual minority and does not depend on the will of the majorité. […] The minority-protecting Best Loser System (BLS) is the bedrock of our independence and stability.
Prime Minister Dr Navin Ramgoolam is reputed for his firm belief in the rule of law. […] Electoral reform is not a priority but politicians are obsessed with it and taking the population for a ride. When the PM says that the Best Loser System (BLS), a minority-protection system which has maintained stability since the times of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, « n’a plus sa raison d`être », surely he should have a better alternative which he should make public so it can be debated.
In the context of the 2005 general elections, following a complaint lodged by members of the political party Rezistans ek Alternativ in 2007 after it engineered the rejection of the nomination forms for its candidates by refusing to abide by the Mauritian electoral regulations, the UN Human Rights Committee’s 31st August 2012 report has not only sanctioned the move of the candidates but also indirectly attacked the reforming Best Loser System (BLS) by […] alleging that the requirement to declare one’s community or residual community appurtenance infringes International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights […]