10 Dec 2015

Human rights situation in Fiji not improving - Kepa

7:32 am on 10 December 2015

Fiji's opposition says the country's human rights situation is not getting any better, and that those responsible for severe violations are going unpunished.

In a statement for World Human Rights Day, Ro Teimumu Kepa says there are people in Fiji whose human rights have been severely curtailed to keep various groups in power.

Fiji's Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission says it has received more than 250 cases of human rights violations, including alleged brutality at the hands of military and the police.

Ro Teimumu says if the country was serious about human rights, those who order the torture and intimidation of citizens, regardless of their position, should be tried for their crimes.

Fiji's Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Fiji's Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa. Photo: RNZI / Sally Round