6 May 2009

Human Rights Watch calls for restoration of Fiji constitution

4:01 pm on 6 May 2009

A New York-based human rights group is urging Fiji's interim government to reinstate the constitution and restore judges unlawfully removed from office.

Human Rights Watch also called for an immediate end to the harassment and arbitrary detention of journalists, writers, lawyers, human rights defenders, and political opponents in Fiji.

The body says it had sent a letter to President Ratu Josefa Iloilo calling for the restoration of constitutional law.

The Asia director of Human Rights Watch says President Iloilo and Commodore Frank Bainimarama have run roughshod over basic freedoms of speech, association, and assembly.

He says after over two years of military rule, Fiji Islanders now face even more restrictions, instead of progress toward restoring democratic rule.