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New Body Needed For Torture Complaints: MP

Opposition SODELPA parliamentarian Niko Nawaikula wants the formation of an independent commission to handle allegations of torture. Mr Nawaikula made these remarks during submissions to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on
26 Feb 2015 10:40
New Body Needed For Torture Complaints: MP
Opposition SODELPA member Niko Nawaikula (middle), during submissions to the parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defence Standing Committe yesterday.

Opposition SODELPA parliamentarian Niko Nawaikula wants the formation of an independent commission to handle allegations of torture.

Mr Nawaikula made these remarks during submissions to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence yesterday. The standing committee was meeting to consider the ratification of the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT).

During his submission, Mr Nawaikula repeated allegations of torture during the 2000 and 2006 coups.

“There is a need to set up an independent body or maybe to enlarge the jurisdiction of Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC).

“The body receive complaints from individuals subjected to torture and degrading and inhumane treatment by Government agencies and the responsibility to prosecute Government agencies like the Police, military and correctional services,” Mr Nawaikula said.

Parliamentary Standing Committee member Neil Sharma suggested FICAC was the best institution to hear these complaints.

However, Mr Nawaikula objected saying FICAC was still linked to Government and they wanted a new commission altogether.

“Existing criminal law needs to be enlarged and improved to allow for single complaints and to allow the Police to lay varying charges associated with commission of degrees of torture and degrading acts of violence.”

Submissions to consider the ratification of UNCAT will continue today.

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