Fijivillage
NEWS SPORTS

Fiji Review - 34th Session of Universal Periodic Review

Fiji Review - 34th Session of Universal Periodic Review

By Fijivillage
Sunday 10/11/2019

First-hour procedure reduces allegations of ill-treatment and an attitude change in the Fiji Police Force - Ali (Sunday 10/11/2019)

By: Iva Danford

Legal Aid Commission Director, Shahin Ali says the first-hour procedure has been their greatest achievement, and it has seen a reduction in allegations of ill-treatment and an attitude change in the Fiji Police Force when dealing with suspects.

Ali highlighted this in his opening statement on the Universal Periodic Review of Fiji’s National Reports at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

He says the first-hour procedure has also helped in the shift towards actual evidence gathering as opposed to reliance on confession.

Ali says the Legal Aid Commission has also attended 5,000 first hour cases from 2016 to date.

He adds 60 percent of applicants of domestic violence cases are women.

Ali says with the establishment of specialised units, they are now able to better deal with sensitive cases involving children.

He says they also conduct prison visits and have taken up cases by prisoners for alleged ill-treatment and torture and refer complaints to relevant authorities when necessary.

 

Fijian Constitution declares that freedom of expression is a right in Fiji and deals with protection of media freedom - Khan (Saturday 09/11/2019)

By: Vijay Narayan

Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Nazhat Shameem Khan says Section 17 of the Fijian Constitution declares that freedom of expression is a right in Fiji but it specifically deals with the protection of media freedom in the country.

While responding to questions on the Universal Periodic Review of Fiji’s National Reports at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Khan says the constitution must be interpreted in line with international law and practices, and it is important that freedom of expression will also be interpreted by the courts.

She also says that due to a number of disturbing events on social media, the government has passed Online Safety Act.

 

Police working with relevant authorities in the investigation and prosecution of breaches of human rights by police officers (Thursday 07/11/2019)

By: Iva Danford

Police Commissioner, Sitiveni Qiliho says they are working closely with the Fiji Human Rights and Anti Discrimination Commission, the Legal Aid Commission and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the management, reporting, investigation and prosecution of breaches of human rights by police officers.

Qiliho highlighted this in his opening statement on the Universal Periodic Review of Fiji’s National Reports at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.


[Source:UN Human Rights Council/Twitter]

He says they have incorporated the UN Convention in assigning a dedicated Human Rights Cell, under the direction of the Internal Affairs to independently investigate and report on complaints against police officers on breach of human rights.

He says further to this, they have also crafted policy on the use of pepper spray for immediate implementation in association with the Fiji Police Force Policy.

Qiliho says training for this in all five policing divisions have been ongoing, and the same has been incorporated in their recruitment and training programs which is also extended to their regional counterparts.

Qiliho says in recognising the importance of collecting data of groups that are susceptible to vulnerability, they have started collecting data on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and also on persons with disability.

He says in addition to this the Fiji Police Force is on the verge of launching a web-based matrix for real-time registration of crime.

Qiliho says Fiji has incorporated a modern constitution with strong virtues in the Bill of Rights for its citizens which requires law enforcement agencies as the Fiji Police Force to improve infrastructure and policies.

The Commissioner says 2018 to date, more than 600 officers have been undergone human rights-related training.

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
IN DEPTH
SODELPA spectacle
With SODELPA going through changes and opposition within the party, we give you all the stories that covered these ...
3 days ago

USP Saga
Full coverage of the USP saga including coverage of protests, investigations, reports and ...
3 days ago

Fiji's approach to deal with effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic
As Fiji battles against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals and organisations have come forward to lend a helping ...
67 days ago
FEATURE NEWS
New COVID-19 case in Fiji
The Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong has confirmed that Fiji has recorded a new case of COVID-19. It has been confirmed tha...
3 hours ago
LATEST NEWS
Police Mobile Command Unit relocated to Veiraisi in Nadera
The Mobile Command Unit manned by the Police Special Response Unit has been relocated from Daya Street in Vatuwaqa to Veiraisi Settlement in ...
45 minutes ago

Lawyer wants to see the statement of the woman who was allegedly murdered
The defence lawyer for a man alleged to have murdered his wife has made an application in the Suva High Court to view the copy of the statement made ...
52 minutes ago

Border between NSW and Victoria to close as southern state battles coronavirus outbreak
The border between New South Wales and Victoria will be closed after a meeting between the states’ premiers and the Australian Prime ...
3 hours ago

Allegations against Police by man who allegedly stole and modified vehicles
A man who is alleged to have stolen, modified and sold stolen vehicles has made allegations against Police officers who arrested him and officers at ...
4 hours ago

Vakarisi's case to continue despite withdrawal statement by wife
The case of Jone Vakarisi who allegedly assaulted his wife will proceed despite his wife filing a submission to withdraw the domestic violence case ...
4 hours ago

TOP