Fiji: Investigate photographs of police torture

13 July 2016, 10:44 UTC | Fiji
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In response to the emergence of photographs that purportedly show torture and other ill-treatment by security forces during an operation in Navosa, Fiji, Amnesty International said:

“These deeply disturbing images should be immediately and independently investigated in a thorough and transparent manner. It is not enough for the police to investigate themselves, as the Police Commissioner has suggested. If any torture and other ill treatment is found to have taken place at the hands of Fijian security forces, the perpetrators must face accountability so that the country can begin to break with its grim track record on human rights violations,” said Rafendi Djamin, Amnesty International’s Director for South East Asia and the Pacific.

"If any torture and other ill treatment is found to have taken place at the hands of Fijian security forces, the perpetrators must face accountability so that the country can begin to break with its grim track record on human rights violations."

  Rafendi Djamin, Amnesty International’s Director for South East Asia and the Pacific

The photographs in question show several Fijians with injuries, including bruises and lacerations to the head. Some images show two people lying down with hands and legs tied together behind their backs with rope. In the background of some of these photos, military and police officers armed with guns can be seen.

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