Amnesty calls for investigation into torment claims in Fiji

Amnesty International calls for independent investigation on Tuesday into claims of torments in Fiji

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A soldier mans a roadblock in Suva the day after Frank Bainimarama took over in a bloodless coup in 2006.

Watchdog organization Amnesty International on Thursday called for a independent investigation into claims of torments in Fiji, following four security personnel had been accused of sexually assaulting a prisoner.

Four people including three police officers were in court yesterday on sexual assault charges, and they had been charged by attacking an escaped prisoner that was made video and posted online in Fiji, the former British colony in the South Pacific Ocean.

Amnesty's Pacific campaign director, Josef Benedict, said in a statement, "This video reveals the shocking level of brutality that the police force and members of the military are capable of."

Josef Benedict said Amnesty had a lot of reports of security forces torments and brutalities and they have needed to be investigated as this video case.

"It's been a long wait for justice for this torture victim, but many others are still waiting for their complaints to be investigated," he said.

"Justice must be done in all these cases to assure people in Fiji that ill-treatment and torture is no longer tolerated."

Fiji had been administered under the state of siege from 2006 after a army coup and last September they finally held long-waited elections.

TRTWorld and agencies