16 Dec 2011

UN Office says Fiji abuse continues despite promise to end it

3:21 pm on 16 December 2011

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says the Fiji interim government has failed to make good on its commitment made in Geneva last year to end its abuse.

Fiji had accepted 97 of 103 recommendations of the 2010 review but according to the Office, they have remained unimplemented.

The Office says Fiji appears to have ignored its obligations to investigate allegations of torture by the military.

It also says Fiji is also yet to honour its promise to end attacks, harassment, intimidation and detention with regards to journalists, critics and human rights activists.

The Office also notes that the public emergency regulations remain in force despite the interim government's commitment to lifting them once a proposed media decree was in place.