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Fiji
 

Name : Joji Dumukuro Job Title :
Entity : Ministry of Defence Telephone :
Address : Mobile : +(679) 3211245/223
Email : jdumukuro@govnet.gov.fj Website :
 
   
 
2016 : English
2008 : English
2004 : English
 
 
2005 - 2nd BMS :
English
 
     
   
 
     
 
10/07/03 : REGIONAL GROUPS, INCLUDING FROM AFRICA, EXPLORE DELAYS IN AND SOLUTIONS TO IMPLEMENTING SMALL ARMS ACTION PLAN, IN BIENNIAL MEETING OF STATES.
12/07/05 : GREATER INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION CRITICAL TO FIGHTING SMALL ARMS TRADE,SAY SPEAKERS, AS MEETING TO REVIEW 2001 ACTION PROGRAMME CONTINUES.
20/03/06 : SECURITY COUNCIL DEBATES GLOBAL PROGRESS AGAINST ILLICIT SMALL ARMS TRADE; STRENGTHENED ARMS EMBARGOES, BROKERING REGULATION AMONG ISSUES RAISED.
 
 
     
   

   
 
     
 
   
   
   
   
 
 
     
 
Collection and destruction
  - Fiji has declared a number of amnesty periods to allow those holding illicit SALW to return weapons without fear of prosecution. - A disarmament (amnesty) programme during the political upheavals of 1987/2000 when a State of Emergency was declared required licensed firearms holders to deposit their firearms, for safekeeping reasons, at the nearest police station. A total of 1347 firearms were taken for safe custody at the Police Armoury. Most firearms have been returned to their respective licensed owners. (National Report, 2004)
Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR)
  - Implementation of DDR programme after coup d’etat of 19 May 2000. - Participation in DDR activities in Bougainville and the Solomons. (National Report, 2004)
Research/Capacity building/Seminars-Workshops
  RESEARCH - Security forces have organized individual and inter security research on ways and means of improving greater awareness and better understanding of the scope of the problems associated with the illicit trade in SALW in all its aspects. The government is committed to supporting this research. - Fiji citizens and residents assisted in various ways in the research of Philip Alpers and Conor Twyford in the publication of "Small Arms in the Pacific" in March 2003 which focused on the impact of the Honiara Initiative and the Nadi Framework. (National Report, 2004) CAPACITY BUILDING - The Police Department Firearm Unit is engaged in delivering awareness programmes to the officers who are directly involved in clearance of Dangerous Goods in the Fiji Island Revenue Service and Fiji Islands Custom Authority. - Specific courses conducted locally or with Australian assistance are organized for members of the security forces. - Fiji relies on specialist training on small arms stockpile management conducted in metropolitan countries namely Australia, New Zealand, Japan and USA which can be requested through the Forum Secretariat or through bilateral or multilateral arrangements. (National Report, 2004) SEMINARS-WORKSHOPS - The Fiji Government in association with the UN is co-organizing a UN Small Arms Seminar to be held in Nadi, Fiji from the 18-20 August 2004. (National Report, 2004)
Public awareness
  - The Parliamentary Select Committee on Law and Order invited submissions from the general public on the Arms and Ammunition Bill through extensive publicity in all media outlets and in the 3 main languages. (National Report, 2004)
 
 
     
 
Cooperation with civil society and NGOs
- The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration and National Disaster Management sends senior officials to participate in seminars and workshops organized by civil society and ensures that any concerns or queries they may have are responded to promptly. (National Report, 2004)
 
 
     
 
Definition (including closely associated activities and extraterritoriality):
No information has been found
Optional elements for national legislation (registration, record-keeping, licensing, related legislation, jurisdiction, penalties):
No information has been found
Operational information exchange (including a) Cooperation on activities violating UNSC arms embargoes; and b) Cooperation with relevant organizations, e.g. WCO, Interpol, the UN):
No information has been found
Cooperation and measures within a regional Organization:
No information has been found
National needs (Assistance in capacity building):
No information has been found
Notes:
No information has been found
 
 
 
     
Source : National Report on the Implementation of the PoA
Date : 5/1/2009
National laws, regulations and administrative procedures:
Arms and Ammunition Act 2003
National marking practices:
Fiji does not have a weapons manufacturing industry. However, s.10(6) of the Arms and Ammunition Act 2003 imposes an obligation on the "arms dealer" for the marking of arms and ammunition and other relevant information like the date of sale and the name of the address of the purchase.
Marking at the time of import:
For foreign manufactured small arms, the registration numbers are indentured in three places on the weapon which is unique to each weapon and the place of manufacture.
Marking of SALW in the possession of government armed and security forces:
Measures against the removal or alteration of markings:
The possessor of unmarked weapons, if found, can be subjected to severe penalties.
All unmarked or inadequately marked SALW are confiscated (Arms and Ammunition Act 2003, s.7).
Accurate and comprehensive records for all marked SALW within their territory:
All weapons records are kept in a central register by the military and police.
The Commissioner of Police conducts an annual reconciliation exercise between the record of weapons in his possession and the owners of those weapons.
Measures taken for undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests:
Fiji participates in the regional organizations for Police, Customs, Immigration and Lawyers and corroborates with them in tracing illicit weapons.
Operational information exchange:
Needs and request for assistance:
Implementation challenges and opportunities:
Notes:
 
 
     
 
Multilateral
- Fiji is a member of INTERPOL as such it is obligated to cooperate with all enquiries that are raised and requests for assistance from member states. The Police INTERPOL Section based at the Criminal Investigation Department is specifically responsible for exchange of information with other member States. A secure regional intranet was established by Australia to cater for secure communications among regional organizations. - In 1988, an arms smuggling operation was stopped by Fiji's security forces. The details of this operation were widely distributed in the region and subject to a number of presentations at various fora. (National Report, 2004)

 
 
     
 
Regional projects
- Fiji chaired the Pacific Islands Forum Regional Security Committee ( a subcommittee made up of the South Pacific Chiefs of Police Conference, the Oceania Customs Organization, the Immigration Officers Organization and the Pacific Islands Law Officers Meeting) that wrote the Honiara Initiative (produced in October 1998) and the Nadi framework, "Towards a Common Approach to Weapons Control" (March 2000) - a draft legal framework for a common approach to weapons control. (National Report, 2004)
Regional seminars, meetings, workshops
- A two-week course on border control training was held at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji from 19-30 May 2003. Acting PIF Secretary-General Mr. Iosefa Maiava introduced the session by noting the importance of better controls at ports of entry "in the wake of international terrorism, people smuggling and the trade in illegal drugs and weapons." The training course was supported by the Government of France in conjunction with the Australian Law Enforcement Cooperation programme of the Australian Federal Police. - The Expert Working Group (EWG) to Coordinate the Development of a Regional Framework held its second meeting 5-6 May 2003 at the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat. The EWG will report to the Forum Regional Security Committee on its progress with the Framework - including model legislation to facilitate implementation of the measures outlined in both the Honiara Initiative and the Nadi Framework - and also consult with members on the draft text. A final version of the Model Legislative Provisions will be completed by 30 June for submission to the August Pacific Island Forum meeting in Auckland, New Zealand. In-country drafting assistance to implement the legislative provisions will be available from the Forum to member countries upon their request. (National Report, 2004)