By Samantha Semoso – EMTV Online
In a statement for World Human Rights Day, Fiji’s opposition leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa, says there are people in Fiji whose human rights have been severely curtailed to keep various groups in power.
She says the country’s human rights situation is not getting any better, even with so much awareness being carried out into the communities, but still, the abuse continues and that those responsible are going unpunished.
The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission in Fiji says it has received more than 250 cases of human rights violations, including alleged brutality at the hands of military and police, who are supposed to make people feel safe instead of being feared.
If the country was serious about human rights and the wellbeing of its people, those who order or carry out the torture and intimidation of citizens, regardless of their position should be held responsible and face the full force of the law.