2 Mar 2009

Fiji Human Rights Commission labels US report "rubbish"

12:11 pm on 2 March 2009

The Fiji Human Rights Commission has labelled the damning latest US State Department on Fiji "a piece of rubbish".

According to the 2008 report released by the US Department of State, Fiji's interim Government denied citizens the right to change their government peacefully, engaged in intimidation of the media and restricted the right to assemble peacefully.

It adds that the judiciary was subject to political interference.

The report further highlights problems during the year included poor prison conditions, attacks against religious facilities, government corruption, deep ethnic divisions, violence and discrimination against women, and sexual exploitation of children.

The Commission's chairman, Dr Shaista Shameem, says the report cannot be taken seriously considering the fact that the United States does not like to point finger at themselves but are so fast at pointing at others.

She did added that the US State Department did not consult the relevant people before publishing its report.