Human Rights and Wrongs in Fiji
|Aman Ravindra-Singh (L).|
The remainder of Singh's interview with RNZI concerned what he called a daily "litany of human rights abuses." "In police stations around the country Fiji citizens are slapped, punched, kicked, intimidated, threatened, co-erced (sic!) into giving confessions, sometimes not fed. There are a litany of cases,"I suppose abduction and being beaten up may constitute 'torture', but as you know police brutality has been fairly common in Fiji for sometime. Assaulting suspects and obtaining confessions is a daily occurrence in police stations throughout the country. Sadly, the military's recent history of brutality and torture goes back to Rabuka's coup in 1987 when FLP and NFP activists and supporters were rounded up, detained and 'tortured'.
The word 'torture' conjures up images of extreme brutality not practised in Fiji.
See footnote 4.
"As you know there are elements in Fiji's security forces (police, military and corrections) prone to using violence and violating human rights of citizens. Whether
this has tacit approval of the government of the day is another matter. However,
those violating human rights are rarely charged and convicted - this is a common
enough occurrence in many of the so-called democracies of the world including
the USA. "Unfortunately with each coup, elements of the security forces in Fiji have enjoyed immunity from prosecution even though there were clear cases of gross
violations of human rights including the loss of life. The sense of impunity of the
men in uniform has been enhanced with the coups.”
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