20 Jan 2010

Amnesty condemns Fiji threats to curb rights

5:04 pm on 20 January 2010

The human rights organisation Amnesty International is condemning the actions of Fiji's interim government, including what Amnesty calls the stifling of dissent and assault on freedom of expression.

The organisation is criticising the government over an investigation of prominent human rights lawyer, Imrana Jalal, the decree on cutting the pensions of the regime's critics and a ban on the Methodist Church's annual conference.

Amnesty International's Pacific Researcher, Apolosi Bose, says the organisation is calling on the interim regime to stop these measures and its interference with the independence of the judiciary.

"Well it's very clear that there's a fresh wave of attack on the freedom of expression and what we will see. We are very worried about how the year will transpire as the year has begun with very fresh threats."

Apolosi Bose from Amnesty International