World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Visitors Slam Usp Security

USP Pacific Journalism Online: http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/
USP Pasifik Nius: http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/nius/index.html
USP Pasifik Nius stories on Scoop (NZ):
http://www.scoop.co.nz/international.htm
Have your say: http://www.TheGuestBook.com/vgbook/109497.gbook

By Nazreen Bibi Wansolwara, USP Journalism Programme

SUVA: Several complaints have been raised with University of the South Pacific authorities over an aggressive attitude of some security officers on campus in the wake of Fiji's political crisis.

Some officers have been accused of "blatant rudeness" and "offhand ignorance" towards visitors to the university.

This follows an incident on September 21 when Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association chief executive Jese Sikivou and a PACNEWS journalist, Samisoni Pareti, were waved down at the main gate by a security guard demanding to know the nature of their visit.

Mr Sikivou and Mr Pareti were due to meet USP Students Association officials and to visit the journalism newsroom.

"When we asked for the reason we were detained while others were allowed to proceed into the USP campus completely unchallenged. They told us to wait, as they were just doing their job," said Mr Sikivou.

Stefan Ali, manager of Macworks, said he was also barred from entering USP by one of the security guards while delivering a repaired computer.

"While I was detained for no particular reason, I saw empty taxis coming and going without any hindrance,” said Mr Ali.

Mr Ali told the guard that he was going to write a letter of complaint to the Vice-Chancellor.

"In reply, the security guard said: 'You can tell George Speight or Rabuka or Ratu Mara - I don’t care'," said Mr Ali.

Provost Filimone Fifita said it was "normal" for all visitors to be checked before entering USP.

But visitors needed to be given respectful treatment.

"While it is necessary for our security checks to be stepped up because of the situation in the country, it is not the intention to be rude, insulting or arrogant," he said.

Chief security officer Wilisoni Jiuta said it was normal procedure to check the identities of all visitors.

Several students who did not wish to be named for fear of being victimised told Wansolwara that campus security was "useless", citing a theft on September 23 near student residential halls.

+++niuswire


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Decriminalising Same-Sex Relationships: UN Rights Chief Applauds Indian Decision

“This is a great day for India and for all those who believe in the universality of human rights," Bachelet said. "With this landmark decision, the Indian Supreme Court has taken a big step forward for freedom and equality...” More>>

ALSO:

Myanmar: UN Chief Rohingya Refugee Crisis Enters Second Year

Over 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar to ramshackle refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar area, Bangladesh after being forced from their homes by a military operation which UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein compared, at the time, to ethnic cleansing. More>>

ALSO:

Scott Morrison In Hot Seat: NZ Congratulates Current Australian PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today congratulated Scott Morrison on winning the leadership of the Australian Liberal Party and has acknowledged outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. More>>

ALSO:

Swing States: Gordon Campbell On Why The US Needs MMP

After the bizarre events this week in Helsinki, the world will be hoping and praying that the US midterm elections in November can put a restraining brake on the presidency of Donald Trump. This may happen, but there’s a highly undemocratic reason why such hopes may be frustrated. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC