5 Mar 2013

Amnesty condemns Fiji beating recorded on video

1:36 pm on 5 March 2013

Amnesty International has condemned evidence of a brutal beating in Fiji that emerged today online.

The video shows two men being handcuffed and continually beaten with rods and poles, and one man being bitten by a dog and dragged along the ground.

Police and army officers have been accused of the torture and the police spokesperson Atunaisa Sokomuri says a statement will be issued soon.

The Executive Director of Amnesty International New Zealand, Grant Bayldon, says Amnesty has still not received any reply to a letter sent to Fiji's Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama in December, asking him to address the issue of torture.

"Amnesty International strongly condemns the use of torture and beatings. They are never justified in any situation. This video, while it's unverified, if it does turn out to be verified, it's extremely concerning as to what's going on in Fiji."

Grant Bayldon says a team of Amnesty experts in London is attempting to verify the video.