20th November 07:54 AM
Police working with relevant authorities in the investigation and prosecution of breaches of human rights by police officers
By Iva Danford
Thursday 07/11/2019
Police Commissioner, Sitiveni Qiliho

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.

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