FijiToday reports that an international expert on the effectiveness of sanctions says on a global scale Fiji’s case scores very poorly. Hooray!, we have known this for a very long time.... It's a pity, though, that our "neighbours" see it fit to apply very soft sanctions, as a way of being seen to be doing something, while at the same time support the lying, corrupt dictator who is holding Fiji hostage, and committed treason, rape and murder!
Gary Hufbauer of the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics says on a scale of one to 16, the sanctions brought by countries like New Zealand and Australia on Fiji have only achieved a score of about four.
He says Fiji would have had to see much heavier sanctions like stopping tourists to the country for them to have had an effect like a regime change or early free and fair elections. These options were recommended to Australia's DFAT and NZ's MFAT and their respective Council of Trade Unions. But nothing!....
Dr Hufbauer says the score remains low even though the dictator, Bainimarama, has promised elections for later this year.
Even if he allows his opponents to run, there is that question of whether the polling booths will be open long enough, votes will be accurately counted and so forth, so I will hold on to my scepticism till we get much closer. Maybe knock it up to four, but our cut off for success is nine and this is way below, says Dr Hufbauer.
Gary Hufbauer is from the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics.