Dheeruj Seetulsingh supporting Ramgoolam-Bérenger power-sharing 2nd Republic scheme?

Discussion dans 'Actualités de l'Ile Maurice' créé par Rafic Soormally, 27 Sept 2014.

  1. Is Dheeruj Seetulsingh making a case for the proposed controversial power-sharing 2nd Republic between Ramgoolam and Bérenger?

    How does Dheeruj Seetulsingh know that the proposed 2nd Republic will materialise and what makes him think that proposed powers for the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate violations of economic, social and cultural rights depend on the materialisation of a 2nd Republic unless he is making a case for it? Why is he linking those investigative powers with the proposed 2nd Republic unless he is making a case to support the plan of Ramgoolam and Bérenger to share power?

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    Dheerujlall B Seetulsingh

    The interview given by Dheerujlall B Seetulsingh, S.C., former Judge of the Supreme Court, former Solicitor-General, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for over a decade, to Le Défi Quotidien (published 20 September 2014) makes interesting reading.

    Me Seetulsingh takes on board the controversial plan between PM Ramgoolam and former leader of the Opposition Paul Bérenger, who resigned to join the government, to form a power-sharing 2nd Republic between the future PM (Bérenger) with diminished powers and future elected President (Ramgoolam) with increased powers after amending the Constitution should they win the next general elections with the ¾ majority required. Dheeruj says :
    « La CNDH ne peut enquêter sur des violations des droits économiques, sociaux et culturels qui ne sont pas inscrits dans notre Constitution. Il est souhaitable que ces droits soient inclus dans une nouvelle Constitution prévue sous une Deuxième République. »

    How does Me Seetulsingh know that the 2nd Republic will materialise and what makes him think that proposed powers for the NHRC to investigate violations of economic, social and cultural rights depend on the materialisation of a 2nd Republic unless he is making a case for it?

    In truth, Me Seetulsingh did make those suggestions in his 2008 NHRC Report (pp.7-11). A 2nd Republic is not necessary for the government to give the NHRC those new powers. Why is he linking those investigative powers with the proposed 2nd Republic unless he is making a case to support the plan of Ramgoolam and Bérenger to share power?

    Moreover, while at page 8 of his 2008 NHRC Report Dheeruj invoked the « United Nations Guiding Principles » with respect to the rights of « enjoyment of an adequate standard of living and other civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights », he was quiet when Ramgoolam and Bérenger embarked on the removal of the recognition of communities at constitutional level for the purposes of the BLS minority protection, minority recognition and protection being equally part of the UN requirements.

    Protecting the handicapped but ‘not’ adopted orphans?
    Dheeruj Seetulsingh also speaks of the elimination of discrimination against the handicapped. But why does he not also include the elimination of discrimination against adopted orphans. When he was Solicitor General, in conflict of interests and going against the Police recommendations further to their investigation in Sen Seetulsingh's application for change of name, Dheeruj denied Sen Seetulsingh (my wife), an orphan of mother since she was one month old when she was adopted by the late Ramduthlall Seetulsingh of Curepipe, the right to bear the surname of her adoptive father. Retaining the services of Me Guy Ollivry, Sen Seetulsingh applied for judicial review and won her case, and an annotation has been entered in her birth certificate. Dheeruj never gave any reason why he rejected Sen’s application, although we all know from within the family that he was motivated by prejudices against Sen and the man she married. Dheeruj’s move, to the pleasure of Sen’s half-brother, Harry Seetulsingh who also objected to Sen’s application of change of name, caused us a lot of heartache and nearly broke up our marriage.


    In his own conscience, Dheeruj should know that he should step down as Chairman of the NHRC uniquely for denying the right of an adopted orphan to bear the surname of her adoptive father. Irrespective of his decision, he is under obligation to inform Mauritians why he is under the impression that the proposed additional powers to allow the NHRC to investigate cases of economic, social and cultural rights violations are in any way linked with the Ramgoolam/Bérenger’s proposed controversial power-sharing 2nd Republic unless he is supporting their power-sharing scheme.

    M Rafic Soormally
    London
    23 September 2014
     

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