1 Jun 2009

Amnesty calls for UN pressure on Fiji

6:32 am on 1 June 2009

Amnesty International has called on the United Nations to exert influence on Fiji's military regime to curb systematic injustices there.

The regime has recently transferred the power to issue lawyers with practising certificates from the Fiji Law Society to the High Court.

Amnesty's spokesman Patrick Holmes says the move is a serious attack on the independence of the legal profession.

He says the United Nations could apply pressure on the regime by denying employment to Fiji's peace-keeping troops.

"That's a big source of income for the government. It can't be right that the United Nations continues to pump money into the government because they value the service of the troops - the same troops that are intimidating their countrymen."

Patrick Holmes injustices in Fiji are happening with alarming regularity and can only be overturned with sustained pressure from the international community.