14 Mar 2013

Australian senate rebukes Fiji

9:56 pm on 14 March 2013

The Australian Senate is strongly criticising the apparent torture of detainees in Fiji.

A motion put forward by the Australian Greens also describes the police beatings seen in an online video as "inhumane and degrading treatment".

The New Zealand Parliament passed a similar motion on Tuesday, after graphic footage posted on the internet showed one handcuffed man being savagely beaten, and another being set upon by a dog.

Greens Leader Christine Milne says if Australia is to call itself a leader in the region it needs to stand up for the very basic human rights that everybody deserves.

The Senate wants the interim Fiji government to publicly condemn the use of torture and establish an independent investigation into the incident.