6 Jun 2011

UN agency says it's made its case to Fiji regime over torture

7:08 pm on 6 June 2011

The Suva branch of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says it's asked the interim Fiji government to comply with international standards aimed at ending torture and believes it's doing what's needed to end human rights violations.

There's been recent criticism of regional agencies for failing to speak out after allegations of torture by the regime made by a former member, Lieutenant Colonel Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara.

While the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights hasn't gone public over the latest claims, its regional representative, Matilda Bogner, says they're doing what needs to be done.

"We are working regionally on trying to reduce the levels of torture. We don't prioritise one alleged violation over another. There are many countries in which there are alleged violations of international human rights standards, including allegations of torture and ill-treatment, so it's not a simple issue of us just working on one particular case."