1 Aug 2012

Amnesty welcomes thaw between Fiji and NZ and Australia

3:11 pm on 1 August 2012

Amnesty International has welcomed the thawing of relations between Fiji and Australia and New Zealand.

The three countries have agreed to re-install high commissioners and relax sanctions after tit for tat diplomatic expulsions three years ago.

The executive director of the New Zealand branch of the human rights watchdog, Grant Bayldon, says more engagement by the three countries could help ease restrictions on human rights in Fiji.

"So long as they're able to actually deliver on that, then we think that is a good thing. Having a high level diplomat certainly opens up more communication channels and from our perspective, the more channels we can get there, the better."

Grant Bayldon of Amnesty International