7 Nov 2018

Amnesty calls on Fiji candidates to take human rights pledge

1:33 pm on 7 November 2018

Amnesty International is calling on candidates in Fiji's election to sign on to a list of human rights commitments ahead of the next week's poll.

A woman votes in the Fiji elections.

A woman votes in the Fiji elections. Photo: RNZ / Philippa Tolley

Its Pacific Researcher, Roshika Deo, said all candidates should pledge to tackle rampant human rights abuses in the country.

The commitments include the protection of freedom of expression, prevention of torture, ending violence against women, ensuring LGBTI rights and promoting the inclusion of indigenous peoples.

Ms Deo said Fiji's next government has an opportunity to improve Fiji's human rights record.

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