14 Dec 2012

Fiji police surveillance reports cast doubts on regime's intentions

3:42 pm on 14 December 2012

The chairperson of the NGO Coalition on Human Rights in Fiji says if critics of the interim government are under police surveillance, it casts doubts about whether the regime is genuine about restoring democracy to the country.

Shamima Ali's name has appeared in a document posted to the blog site Coupfourpointfive, which lists about 70 people including leaders of political parties, and trade unionists.

The report which includes comments about where people have travelled and who they've met, is allegedly compiled by the Fiji police, but the assistant commissioner says he's not aware of its existence.

Shamima Ali says people like herself have been told by police sources in the past that they are under surveillance but she had hoped things had changed.

"If people are still under surveillance that means that there is still not freedom of speech, that people are still not supposed to be critical of the regime and so on. It does cast some aspersions on their intentions."

Shamima Ali says she would like to raise the issue with the Commissioner of Police and establish if the document is genuine.