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“Despite Fiji’s government professing a commitment to freedoms in the lead up to elections, the fact that it is willing to overlook torture and other ill treatment by security forces certainly suggests otherwise,”

Fiji: Military celebrates on anniversary of torture video

Thursday,  6 March 2014, 10:51 am Press Release: Amnesty International

Fiji: Military celebrates on anniversary of torture video

The failure of Fiji authorities to independently investigate the torture and sexual assault of two men highlights their complete disregard for accountability and human rights, Amnesty International said one year on from the public release of a torture video.

On 5 March 2013 a nine minute video was released online showing the footage of two men being repeatedly beaten with poles, lying huddled on the ground handcuffed as batons are used repeatedly against them, apparently by security forces. The men were forced to undress and harassed by a dog, as men nearby laughed.

“One year since this footage was publicly released it is shocking that there is no credible evidence to suggest that Fiji authorities have conducted any sort of investigation, despite their assurances that one would take place,” said Grant Bayldon, Executive Director of Amnesty International in New Zealand.

“Torture is unacceptable under any circumstances and by allowing such appalling crimes to pass in Fiji without those responsible being held to account is simply outrageous.”

Fiji is scheduled to hold democratic elections in September, the first since the 2006 military coup and its subsequent expulsion from the Commonwealth.

With celebrations taking place as Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, steps down from the military today to carry out his election campaign, Amnesty International is calling on him to take the opportunity to show leadership and ensure that those responsible for torture are brought to justice.

“Despite Fiji’s government professing a commitment to freedoms in the lead up to elections, the fact that it is willing to overlook torture and other ill treatment by security forces certainly suggests otherwise,” said Bayldon.

“Not only has the Government failed to investigate this appalling incident, but in the past military officers  have received reduced sentences for other violent crimes and even been promoted.”

“What this shows is a pattern of the military government rewarding officers who perpetrate serious human rights violations with impunity.”

“There must be assurances and actions by Fiji’s authorities that torture and other ill treatment will not be tolerated under any circumstances,” said Bayldon.

ENDS

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12 thoughts on ““Despite Fiji’s government professing a commitment to freedoms in the lead up to elections, the fact that it is willing to overlook torture and other ill treatment by security forces certainly suggests otherwise,”

  1. Look, you need to see this in relative terms: This regime is not so bad after all! In Syria, Ukraine, China, Egypt and countless other places tyrants kill thousands of people who oppose them. Here in Fiji we had since 2006 perhaps 10 killings in custody and some incidents of torture by the military and the police. And people in Fiji do not mind seeing others beaten as long as they themselves do not suffer.

  2. you will never get that assurance from the Fiji authorities – that is the Fiji military regime – because they are the actual perpetrators of the torture and abusive treatment of citizens or they have given the ok for other agents of the regime to engage in the human rights abuses that have been highlighted in the blog sites .
    it is however good to see AI keep the issue alive even if the Australian foreign minister, the NZ foreign minister and third rate foreign journalists from some mainstream media choose to gloss over these abuses because they are supporting Fiji’s return to democracy.
    what kind of support for DEMOCRACY is that?

  3. Ur all getting it wrong because all this treatment were done accordingly,there were reasons behind all those treatment and to be frank, all these abuses were being investigated for Democracy’s sake and the rule of Law

  4. Tikoitoga, tonoka ga nomu sona eh. Luveni cici levu tabetabe masipolo caitibumu eh eh eh…..

  5. Radio Doodah

    “Frank cannot investigate his underlings for torture. Because then he would then have to investigate himself as well”

    Thingy,I’d imagine any child in play school would theorise the above comment quite easily what do you reckon?

    Besides Frank did not (with emphasis) commit any such abuse.

  6. Toptugger is nothing but a pariah and a coward. Hiding behind poorly led thugs with guns he was part of the treasonous criminals that raped democracy, the constitution and a legitimately elected Fijian government. Now this pariah is saying he will defend the new ‘junta constitution’. Why?? Because it gives him immunity for his treasonous crimes. Like the other cowardly human rights abusers and rapists of the rule of law he will eventually be brought to justice – if the nation ever recovers proper uncorrupted justice and the rule of law?

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