The alleged physical abuse of a teenager by military officers, as reported in the Fiji Times of Saturday 19 October, must be condemned in the strongest terms, says the leader of the Fiji Labour Party, Mahendra Chaudhry.
“Instances of arbitrary arrests and unlawful detentions are on the increase, as reported in the media from time to time.
“Such arrests and detentions are often followed by physical abuse and ill treatment of persons held in custody. This is absolutely unacceptable.
“The refusal of the authorities to comment on such incidents when asked by the media, gives credence to the view held in some quarters that such acts of terror may be State sponsored, said Mr Chaudhry.
“The security forces are not a law unto themselves. They are accountable to the people and must, therefore, comment on issues when approached by the media as that is the medium through which information is disseminated to the people,” said Mr Chaudhry.
We believe that recent events in the Prime Minister’s alleged assault case have completely shaken the confidence of our people in the law enforcement agencies of the nation.
Opposition parties in parliament need to prioritise the issue because this reign of terror must be fought and uprooted for the sake of human rights and the safety and freedom of our people, said Mr Chaudhry.