13 Mar 2008

Call for Fiji human rights boss to go

2:43 pm on 13 March 2008

The former Fiji opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, has called for the removal of the Fiji Human Rights Commission chairperson, Shaista Shameem.

Mr Beddoes has told the Fiji Times that she has compromised the organisation's neutrality and credibility.

This comes after a US report detailing Fiji's human rights abuses for 2007.

Dr Shameem has declined to respond to the abuses noted in the report about Fiji.

Instead, she has accused the US of having bought off non-government organisations with tin badges and a handshake.

Dr Shameem says nobody wants the US to be the guardian of human rights for the rest of the world.

She says the US should tell Fiji how it intends to deal with the gross rights violations it commits in Iraq.