10 Dec 2015

Positive steps to pushing for human rights in Fiji - NGO

2:18 pm on 10 December 2015

The Coalition on Human Rights in Fiji says there has been some positive steps to pushing for greater rights in the country, but there is still more to be done.

Fiji is today marking Human Rights Day, with hundreds turning out for a march in Suva.

The NGO's chair Shamima Ali says there are signs the human rights situation is getting better.

Shamima Ali

Shamima Ali Photo: SUPPLED

She says that includes the reopening of police brutality cases now before the courts, and the establishment of the Human Rights and Anti Discrimination Commission.

"They have their work cut out for them. They themselves have said they are getting a lot of complaints about women's rights being violated, about police brutality, security forces brutality and so on. So that's a positive that at least that has been established."

Shamima Ali says the government needs to review some of its decrees to make them compliant with universal standards of human rights.