8 Aug 2014

Call for NZ government to push human rights in Fiji

2:41 pm on 8 August 2014

The New Zealand Green Party says the government needs to do more to push for human rights and media freedom in Fiji ahead of the election on September 17th.

The poll will be the first election since the Bainimarama regime seized power in 2006.

Amnesty International has released a report which documents torture, workers' rights violations and concerns about the lack of government accountability.

Fiji Register to Vote

Fiji Register to Vote Pamphlets Photo: Fiji Elections Office / Twitter

The watchdog has called for the government to play fair and respect human rights in the run-up to the poll.

The Green Party spokesperson, Kennedy Graham, says they welcome the election but under the Bainimarama regime there continue to be breaches of fundamental human rights, with repression of opponents of the regime, trade unions, and the media.

The Green Party wants the New Zealand government to state whether it believes the preparations for the Fiji election have been transparent and fair to date.