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He says they will continue to follow this case closely as well as the outcome of the police investigations.

UN condemns video of two men brutally beaten in Fiji

Posted at 20:09 on 08 March, 2013 UTC

The United Nations says it’s shocked by the content of a video which has emerged over the past few days showing the apparent torture and inhuman and degrading treatment of two handcuffed men in Fiji.

A spokesman for the Office of the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, says while the circumstances surrounding the video have not yet been ascertained, the acts being carried out in it are clearly illegal, and they condemn them in the strongest terms.

The nine-minute video shows a handcuffed man being physically and sexually assaulted, beaten and humiliated by a group of men while lying helpless in the back of a pick-up truck.

The Fiji police authorities have stated they will seek to establish the facts in this case.

Mr Colville says they welcome this commitment, and urge the Fiji Government to ensure that the apparent serious human rights violations are swiftly and effectively investigated by an impartial and competent authority, and that the findings are made public.

He also says they call on the authorities to ensure that perpetrators – who are clearly visible in the video and should be easily identifiable — are brought to justice.

He says the victims of the abuse must also have access to the necessary medical and psychological support, as well as redress.

Rupert Colville says the OHCHR’s regional office for the Pacific, which is already working on torture prevention in the Pacific Island States, stands ready to assist the Fiji Government in their effort to eradicate torture and ill-treatment.

He says they will continue to follow this case closely as well as the outcome of the police investigations.

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8 thoughts on “He says they will continue to follow this case closely as well as the outcome of the police investigations.

  1. From the article:

    “The Fiji police authorities have stated they will seek to establish the facts in this case.”

    No doubt they will seek to establish the facts. They will do so in an attempt to find a way to escape blame rather than to take action to prevent such a thing from happening again, and to find ways to continue such abuse without being exposed in the future. They will endeavor to make it look as though such abuse is exceedingly rare whereas we know that it is common.

    Moreover, the police are well aware that the video shows only one case of abuse out of the many that have occurred. The police had more than ample opportunity to take action to prevent abuse before the video surfaced, yet they failed to do so. Now that they have been exposed, they act shocked, and it is nothing more than an act.

    What has occurred is no surprise to the dictatorship, although it will surely pretend otherwise.

  2. All the tortured prisioners, tortured CRW, tortured citizens of Fiji must apply ofr UN refugee status.

    All toturure thugs and their master the dictatoir must be arrested by ICC for trial.

  3. There is a current case with the Valelevu Police involving Benedito raping his mother. That file against Benedito remains pending.

  4. Mr Sanawa (Benedito’s father) also has a file with the Valelevu Police which involves an attempted rape of his own daughter (Benedito’s sister). These are files which are open and still pending.

  5. “Rupert Colville says OHCHR’s regional office for the Pacific which is already working on torture prevention in the Pacific Island States, stands ready to assist the Fiji Government in their effort to eradicate torture and ill-treatment”
    what an idiotic statement to make!
    … to assist the Fiji Government in their effort to eradicate torture and ill-treatment.
    don’t you fools know the Fiji Government is doing the torture and ill-treatment of citizens in the country.
    you hypocrites in the UN keep using the Fiji military which is the current self-imposed “Fiji Government” for “peace keeping” duties abroad whilst the same mob are abusing their citizens at home.
    you guys are a fucking waste!

  6. @ Anon,

    Whether the charges against Mr. Sanawa Snr. are valid is unclear. One can expect both the police and the dictatorship to do all in their power to discredit anyone who complains. Even if Mr. Sanawa Snr. is guilty of the crimes of which he is accused, that would not excuse the beating.

  7. Colville can you find out what happened to the police investigation in the fire-bombing of former Fiji Time editor’s home. It’s some 6 years since that crime was committed. Anyone arrested yet?

  8. Colville asks for an inpartial competent authority to investigate this matter!! Is there any such body in Fiji that is impartial and competent?? There are so many cases that have not been resolved by this illegal regime and this speaks for itself. The thugs running Fiji today are the very ones committing the crime and are investigating it themselves and so we should not expect anything credible to come out of this!!

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