10 Jan 2012

Fiji's CCF says new decree appears to violate human rights

5:39 pm on 10 January 2012

The Citizens Constitutional Forum in Fiji says the restrictions listed in the new Public Order Decree seem to keep violating human rights.

Its CEO, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, has described the decree as a bit of a nonsense, and calls for aspects of it to be reconsidered.

With the scrapping of emergency rules, he says expectations had been raised that the people would be able to take part in discussions and consultations about a new constitution without fear.

"How do you allow the process to happen when at the same time you have these powers in the hands of a few which would appear to curtail the freedom to exercise an individual's right? This is clearly, in our view, in breach of universal declaration of human rights articles."

The Reverend Akuila Yabaki says keeping wide-ranging powers in the hands of individual police officers could lead to abuse