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

 


Fiji: Military celebrates on anniversary of torture video

Fiji: Military celebrates on anniversary of torture video


The failure of Fiji authorities to independently investigate the torture and sexual assault of two men highlights their complete disregard for accountability and human rights, Amnesty International said one year on from the public release of a torture video.


On 5 March 2013 a nine minute video was released online showing the footage of two men being repeatedly beaten with poles, lying huddled on the ground handcuffed as batons are used repeatedly against them, apparently by security forces. The men were forced to undress and harassed by a dog, as men nearby laughed.


“One year since this footage was publicly released it is shocking that there is no credible evidence to suggest that Fiji authorities have conducted any sort of investigation, despite their assurances that one would take place,” said Grant Bayldon, Executive Director of Amnesty International in New Zealand.


“Torture is unacceptable under any circumstances and by allowing such appalling crimes to pass in Fiji without those responsible being held to account is simply outrageous.”


Fiji is scheduled to hold democratic elections in September, the first since the 2006 military coup and its subsequent expulsion from the Commonwealth.


With celebrations taking place as Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, steps down from the military today to carry out his election campaign, Amnesty International is calling on him to take the opportunity to show leadership and ensure that those responsible for torture are brought to justice.


“Despite Fiji’s government professing a commitment to freedoms in the lead up to elections, the fact that it is willing to overlook torture and other ill treatment by security forces certainly suggests otherwise,” said Bayldon.


“Not only has the Government failed to investigate this appalling incident, but in the past military officers have received reduced sentences for other violent crimes and even been promoted.”


“What this shows is a pattern of the military government rewarding officers who perpetrate serious human rights violations with impunity.”


“There must be assurances and actions by Fiji’s authorities that torture and other ill treatment will not be tolerated under any circumstances,” said Bayldon.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Peace Deal ‘first Step’ In Resolving South Sudan Crisis

Children at a protection of civilians site in Juba, South Sudan, run by the UN Mission, perform at a special cultural event in March 2015. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine More>>

Yemen: Killing Or Maiming An Average Of Eight Children A Day

Killing or maiming an average of eight children a day, ‘brutal’ Yemen conflict must end – UNICEF More>>

Changing Habits/behaviours Key To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy can be caused by factors such as negative beliefs based on myths, misinformation. Fear of needles can be a factor for refusal. Photo: PAHO/WHO More>>

Burundi: Ban Condemns Assassination Of Senior Army Officer

Refugees from Burundi in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: OCHA/Naomi Frerotte United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination Burundi’s former Army Chief of Staff, Colonel Jean Bikomagu, who ... More>>

Deadly Industrial Explosions In Northern China

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the injuries to scores of people as a result of deadly explosions in Tianjin, China. More>>

UN Urges Action To Tackle Deepening Refugee Crisis In Greece

A group of Syrian refugees arrive on the island of Lesbos after travelling in an inflatable raft from Turkey, near Skala Sykaminias, Greece. Photo: UNHCR/A. McConnell More>>

Probe Into Those Responsible For Chemical Weapons In Syria

The US Vessel Cape Ray, on which all 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas were removed from Syria and safely destroyed as the ship sailed in international waters in 2014. Photo: US Dept. of Transportation More>>

Myanmar Election: UNICEF Urges Prioritisation Of Children

With 99 days to go before Myanmar elections, UNICEF urges candidates make children the clear winner More>>

Liberia Thousands Of Unregistered Children Born During Ebola Crisis

Thousands of unregistered children born in Liberia during Ebola crisis at risk of exploitation – UNICEF More>>

UN Refugee Agency Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits Myanmar

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt (left) in Myitkyina township, Kachin State, Myanmar, meeting with some of the 100,000 displaced people who currently live there. Photo: UNHCR/T.Stoddart More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news