20 Dec 2011

Fiji offered help to fulfil promises to end human rights abuses

6:13 am on 20 December 2011

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Pacific region has offered to help the Fiji interim government with fulfilling commitments it made in Geneva last year.

Fiji accepted 97 out of 103 recommendations in a United Nations human rights review of the country, including lifting the Public Emergency Regulations.

The Office's Pacific representative, Matilda Bogner, says Fiji is yet to lift the emergency regulations and stop its human rights abuses.

"We've offered to support them to set up a working group to look at what progress has been made so far and meant to coordinate both government and non-government in Fiji to make further progress on those commitments."

Matilda Bogner says her office has also offered to assist Fiji with ratifying all core human rights treaties.