19 Feb 2007

Fiji Attorney General wants Amnesty to understand Fiji law

11:11 am on 19 February 2007

Fiji's interim attorney general has called on Amnesty International to understand the reasons why President Iloilo decided to grant the military immunity from prosecution.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khayum made the comment in response to Amnesty's call to repeal the immunity decree so members of the military could be prosecuted.

He says Amnesty should read and digest the decree where the Fiji president sets out the reasons for the immunity and the specifics of the situation in Fiji.

Mr Sayed-Khayum says the interim administration recognizes that Amnesty does good work around the world, but international organisations need to understand the real situation in Fiji.

He says Amnesty would be aware of the damage prejudiced and bigoted views and communalism can cause and which they have caused in Fiji.

On Amnesty's call for the prosecution of those alleged to have breached human rights, the interim attorney general says the organisation needs to know that under the Constitution certain rights can be suspended under certain conditions.