Beating justice: How Fiji's security forces get away with torture

5 December 2016, 10:59 UTC | Fiji
© Colin Foo

The Fiji government has candidly acknowledged that “there have been a series of allegations pertaining to police brutality and the torture of detained persons. Such incidents have occurred for as long as the Police Force has been in existence.”2 In October this year, the Prime Minister, the Attorney-General4 and the Police Commissioner5 expressed publically a commitment to end torture and ill-treatment.

Fiji’s ratification of the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (CAT) in March 2016 is a positive step towards fulfilling these commitments. However, these words must be followed up with action to change ingrained attitudes within the security forces and ensure full accountability for torture.

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