13 Dec 2016

Fiji CJ says Amnesty report lacks depth

5:13 pm on 13 December 2016

Fiji's Chief Justice Anthony Gates says it is a pity the Amnesty International report about Fiji released last week lacked depth.

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Photo: RNZI/Sally Round

The report detailed beatings, rape, sexual violence and other abuses by security forces with impunity.

Justice Gates told a conference that Amnesty failed to examine what was being done to rectify the situation, adding that Amnesty was also not involved in providing a solution to Fiji or in helping to achieve it.

The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum dismissed the report as selective and biased.

In response, the National Federation Party said the report made a compelling argument for justice, detailing cases of torture since the military coup ten years ago.

The NFP president Tupou Draunidalo said the decrees and constitutional immunity of human rights offenders linked to the coups must be removed.

She said the government would remain unworthy of a UN Human Rights Council seat until it could prove its sincerity at home.

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