20 Jan 2010

Amnesty International calling Fiji government to stop violating human rights

4:07 pm on 20 January 2010

The human rights organisation, Amnesty International, is calling on Fiji's interim regime to immediately stop all measures which violate human rights, including freedom of expression.

The organisation's call comes after what it's labeling the persecution, under legal pretext, of prominent human rights lawyer Imrana Jalal by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Ms Jalal is facing seven charges under the Prevention of Bribery Promulgation 2007 including operating a restaurant without a licence and has been ordered to surrender her passport.

Amnesty International's Pacific Researcher, Apolosi Bose says the organisation wants the interim regime to stop interfering with the independence of the judiciary.

"Also, we are calling for an immediate stop to the threats, harassment and intimidation and persecution of critics, including the prosecution of Imrana Jalal. we're also calling for the revoking of the ban on the Methodist Church's annual conference."