19 Jul 2014

Amnesty still wants Fiji abuse probe

6:15 pm on 19 July 2014

Amnesty International has expressed concern about the lack of accountability for serious human rights abuses in Fiji.

This comes after Fiji police closed an investigation into a video released last year which showed the torture and beating of two prison escapees by Fiji security personnel.

Apparently shot with a mobile phone, the video shows one handcuffed man being savagely beaten with batons and metal bars, and another being set upon by a dog as the animal's handler urges it on.

Police say they will make no further statement about the matter, which Amnesty New Zealand's Grant Bayldon says is of concern.

"Well if closing the investigation means that no-one has been held to account, then I think that's really another black mark in terms of accountability and the rule of law in Fiji."

Grant Bayldon of Amnesty International.

Last year, Fiji's foreign minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola rejected criticism by the New Zealand parliament, saying Fiji would deal with its internal and domestic challenges as and when it deems necessary.

The Fiji regime leader, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama, has not condemned the violence, but instead defended the work of security personnel to protect citizens from hardened criminals.