6 Mar 2015

UN misled on Fiji situation: Ro Teimumu Kepa

1:33 pm on 6 March 2015

Fiji's Ministry of Information has put out a report saying the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has praised Fiji's progress in delivering human rights to all Fijians.

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama at the United Nations office in Geneva

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama at the United Nations office in Geneva Photo: Supplied

The ministry says Commissioner Al Hussein wants to use Fiji as an example to other countries which are yet to implement the same kind of progressive measures as Fiji.

But Fiji's opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa says the UN has been misled as only one side of Fiji's story is being presented to the international community.

"I believe that we need to get together with our counterparts and be able to put our interventions through so that we are heard at those international meetings. Otherwise they are just hearing one side of the story and they are not hearing the otherside because we are, we have become very silent."

Fiji's Ministry of information says the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was most impressed by Fiji's abolition of the death penalty and the progress it is making in ratifying the United Nations Convention Against Torture.