13 May 2011

Amnesty points to abuse in Pacific in 2010 report

1:31 pm on 13 May 2011

Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have fared poorly in Amnesty International's 2010 report on human rights.

In Fiji, the report mentions the interim government's continued crackdown on its critics, and its repressive Public Emergency Regulations, which have just been extended until June.

It says the Papua New Guinea government has done little to address violence against women and sorcery-related killings.

The Chief Executive Officer of Amnesty International New Zealand, Patrick Holmes, says thousands of people in the Pacific are being denied social and economic opportunity.

He says human rights defenders have been threatened, imprisoned and tortured, and gender based violence is still a major issue in the region.

"Just recently in Solomon Islands there was a report published by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and that said there was 68 percent of women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 had experienced physical and or sexual violence by their partners or family members, so that's a grave concern to us, the number of gender-based violence issues within our own region."

Amnesty's Patrick Holmes.