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Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                                          gvnet.com/torture/Fiji.htm

Republic of the Fiji Islands

Fiji, endowed with forest, mineral, and fish resources, is one of the most developed of the Pacific island economies though still with a large subsistence sector. Sugar exports, remittances from Fijians working abroad, and a growing tourist industry - with 400,000 to 500,000 tourists annually - are the major sources of foreign exchange.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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CAUTION:  The following links have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Fiji.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.

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Fiji groups urge ratification of torture treaty

Radio New Zealand International, 23 February 2015

www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/266868/fiji-groups-urge-ratification-of-torture-treaty

[accessed 30 March 2015]

Several countries called on Fiji to urgently ratify the international agreement at a hearing of the Human Rights Council in Geneva earlier this year.

A video showing a handcuffed man being beaten reportedly by security forces went viral in 2013 and is still being investigated.

Fiji military leader admits beatings, torture

Kathy Marks, The Age, Fairfax Media Network, 20 June 2014

www.theage.com.au/world/fiji-military-leader-admits-beatings-torture-20140620-zsg90.html

[accessed 22 June 2014]

As Fiji prepares for its first elections in eight years, the new head of the all-powerful armed forces has admitted that citizens have been beaten and tortured by the military regime, claiming it was necessary to stave off civil disorder.

“I wouldn’t deny that these things happened,” said Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga, hand-picked successor of Frank Bainimarama, who has stepped down from the military to contest the elections. “But a lot of these people were actually trying to instigate violence by creating anti-government movements or militant groups.

“They were talking on the radio and so on … If you let them continue to have a voice, you create a potentially dangerous environment. So it was the lesser of two devils.”

Fiji: “Shocking” video depicts alleged torture of prisoners

Amnesty International, 5 March 2013

www.amnesty.org/en/news/fiji-shocking-video-depicts-alleged-torture-prisoners-2013-03-05

[accessed 5 March 2013]

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2289500/Harrowing-torture-video-shows-Fijian-soldiers-beating-prisoners-triggers-global-backlash.html

[accessed 24 August 2016]

Video footage apparently showing the torture of two men  in Fiji is “shocking”, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, as it called for an independent investigation into the events.

The nine minute video posted online appears to show two men being repeatedly beaten with poles, as they lie huddled on the ground handcuffed and screaming in agony as batons are used repeatedly against them.

The authenticity of the footage is still to be verified and the perpetrators are not in uniform, however, it appears consistent with earlier reports of brutality against prisoners.

“This appalling incident appears to be the latest example of abuse. The Fijian authorities must treat this shocking footage with the utmost seriousness and immediately initiate an independent investigation,” said Roseann Rife of Amnesty International. “While the video is still to be verified what is clear is that torture is unacceptable under any circumstances and those responsible must be brought to justice.”

“The humiliation of the men and their injuries evident in the video is very serious. Forced to undress and harassed by a dog, as men nearby laugh, it is difficult to watch. The subsequent brutal beating with batons is harrowing. It is torture.”

Amnesty International is calling for an independent and transparent investigation into these events.

The state of the world's human rights

Amnesty International AI, Annual Report 2013

www.amnesty.org/en/region/fiji/report-2013

[accessed 21 Jan 2014]

TORTURE AND OTHER ILL-TREATMENT - Police and security forces faced allegations of torture and other ill-treatment, including beating, threatening and intimidating people, particularly government critics.

In September, five men who escaped from prison were recaptured by security forces and were reportedly tortured. All five were hospitalized as a result of their injuries and one had his leg amputated.

Fiji: Open letter concerning reports of torture of recaptured prisonners

Amnesty International, Index Number: ASA 18/002/2012, 12 December 2012

www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA18/002/2012/en

[accessed 6 March 2013]

[7 December 2012]

The above information has been openly reported in the media, however limited information has been available on the health of the five men since they were recaptured and the causes of such serious injuries. amnesty International has received verified and reliable information, which details the treatment of these five men after they were recaptured. It includes testimony that the men complied with the directions of armed military officers and did not resist arrest when they were recaptured at Uduya Point.

The testimony states that armed military officers tortured the men following their recapture at Uduya Point. The men were handcuffed and beaten. They were then placed on a boat and taken to the mainland. Security officers threw a handcuffed and injured Qaranigio into the sea several times, each time hauling him back into the boat. The men were then taken to Nabua military barracks where the torture continued.

The testimony says that the men were forced to take off all their clothes and were left naked in dark cells. The men were kicked, hit with the butt of guns, sworn at, spat on and had hot water poured on them. One of the men was unconscious for most of two days in which he was in military custody at Nabua barracks. Another suffered rectal injuries after military officers pushed the barrel of a gun into his anus.

Human Rights Reports » 2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 6, 2007

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2006/78773.htm

[accessed 28 January 2013]

TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT – The constitution prohibits such practices; however, there were some reports of abuses by police during the year. The military committed numerous abuses after the December 5 coup.

Reported incidents of police beatings and other abuse of apprehended persons and prisoners prior to the coup were investigated and, when appropriate, offending officers were prosecuted and punished. All such cases appeared to be isolated incidents, not condoned by supervisory officers. At year's end the investigation into a 2005 case in which the police allegedly failed to obtain prompt medical treatment for a suspect injured during apprehension was still ongoing.

Following the coup there were numerous incidents of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) detaining without a warrant and abusing persons who had voiced opposition to the coup or who supported a return to democratic government. In the late hours of December 24 and early hours of December 25, soldiers took six prodemocracy supporters from their homes, including young persons who had erected a "prodemocracy shrine" outside a house in Lami (see section 2.a.), and brought them to the RFMF's Queen Elizabeth barracks, where they reportedly were beaten, stepped on, and threatened with weapons. They were then forced to run several miles through Suva followed by soldiers in vehicles. Also on December 25, the military seized five young men in a Suva suburb and made them strip to their underwear and crawl through drain pipes before being dropped at a remote jungle location to find their way home. In another incident soldiers seized a former government minister overheard in a bar criticizing Bainimarama, roughed him up, and made him run around a track at gunpoint. Some women detained by the military for speaking out against the coup were sexually molested.

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