Grey Power says:
The United Nations recognizes that the rights of Older Persons should be protected not demolished. Fiji is a member of the United Nations and just this week our Permanent Representative, Mr Peter Thomson was elected to the position of one of 21 Vice Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly, a position Fiji will hold for 12 months. Grey Power hopes that Fiji will fully participate in all the follow up meetings of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing for the purpose of strengthening theprotection of the human rights of older persons pursuant to General Assembly resolution 65/182.
People in Fiji who support Grey Power and the Burness v FNPF and AG court action should write to the Permanent Representative Ambassador Peter Thomson to encourage his participation in all UN Committee or Plenary meetings on the rights of Older Persons.
For Pensioners who wish to write or email Peter Thompson, we have included the following draft letter:
Mr Peter Thomson,
Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations,
RE: The United Nations General Assembly Resolution 65/182 on the Human Rights of Older Persons
I warmly congratulate you, Excellency, on your election, as the Permanent Representative of Fiji, to one of 21 positions of Vice President of the UN General Assembly. We are all delighted that Fiji has been honoured in this way.
You may be aware that there is an action before the High Court of Suva called David Fowler Burness v the Fiji National Provident Fund, the Republic of Fiji and the Attorney General [Civil Action 183 of 2011] which is in relation to the human rights of Older Persons in Fiji whose pensions will be reduced as has been announced by the Fiji National Provident Fund management. Mr Burness has made an application to the High Court to have his human right to his pension protected.
I am aware that in April 2011 the first working session of the UN Open-ended Working Group on Ageing for the purpose of strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons was convened at the UN Headquarters. Since this was the first working session, I assume the Working Group will continue to meet in future.
As a supporter of the Burness court action, I respectfully ask you, Excellency, or your representative, to take active part in any further meetings of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing and to convey future resolutions of the Working Group to the people of Fiji through the Government.
The issue of rights of Older Persons is clearly a very important issue for the United Nations in light of General Assembly resolution 65/182.
Please accept, Excellency, assurances of my highest consideration.