26 Feb 2015

PNG, Fiji and Nauru come under fire in Amnesty report

2:54 pm on 26 February 2015

Amnesty International has criticised Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Nauru for failing to protect human rights in its annual look at human rights abuse around the world.

It has also criticised Australia's camps for asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island in PNG.

Bridget Tunnicliffe reports:

"In its 2014 Annual Report on The State of the World's Human Rights, Amnesty says despite Fiji holding its first election last year since the 2006 military coup, a climate of fear and self-censorship prevails.

It says new electoral laws expanded restrictions on freedom of expression, and abuses by security forces continue in an environment where government officials and security forces enjoy widespread immunity.

The organisation criticised the PNG government for taking little action to address violence against women or sorcery-related violence, in spite of legal reforms in 2013 providing for harsher penalties.

Unnecessary and excessive use of force by police was also highlighted.

In Nauru the arbitrary removal of judges and suspension of parliamentarians raised concerns about the rule of law and freedom of expression.

The report says little progress has been made to improve conditions for asylum seekers on PNG and Nauru."