14 Dec 2015

Fiji Human Rights Commission hears complaints

10:08 am on 14 December 2015

The Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission says it has received 284 complaints since it was re-established in May this year.

Those complaints have included access to services, such as electricity and water, violence against women, climate change and alleged brutality and torture by police and prison officers.

A Commissioner, Peceli Rokotuivuna, says most issues have been resolved and didn't need to go to court.

He says the Commission is still investigating four cases, some of which are related to police brutality.

He says as the Fiji public better understands the Commission's role, the number of complaints it receives increases.

"Complaints of access to government services, definitely there has been some complaints about the use of force with police officers and remand centre officers - we are working very closely with the police. Issues of domestic violence, we are working very closely also with the Women's Crisis Centre in trying to get these cases more properly to police."

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Photo: AFP