22 Nov 2007

EU concerned over reports of human rights abuses in Fiji

9:13 am on 22 November 2007

The European Union has expressed concern about the alleged human rights abuses of suspects detained connection with the recent assassination conspiracy in Fiji.

A statement from the EU's presidency has urged the interim government to ensure that the rule of law is upheld and due legal process followed.

It says the EU has noted with concern the alleged abuses perpetrated by the military and the police on those detained on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government.

The EU has called on the interim government to conduct a full investigation into the alleged human rights abuses in line with commitments made by Fiji to the European Union in April this year.

The statement says EU candidate countries Turkey, Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have aligned themselves with this declaration.