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Raj: All Rights Observes in SODELPA Youth Leader Arrest

The director of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission Ashwin Raj met with the SODELPA Youth leader who has been arrested for an alleged breach of Section 66 and 67
28 Jun 2017 18:22
Raj: All Rights Observes in SODELPA Youth Leader Arrest
L - R: Jope Koroisavou and Ashwin Raj

The director of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission Ashwin Raj met with the SODELPA Youth leader who has been arrested for an alleged breach of Section 66 and 67 of the Crimes Act.

The following is his statement:

The Commission can confirm that the constitutional rights of Jope Koroisavou as an arrested and detained person pursuant to Section 13 of the Constitution have been observed.

Mr Koroisavou is in good health, has access to a lawyer, was allowed contact with his immediate family and was not manhandled at any time by the Police.

It is imperative that Mr Koroisavou is not coerced into making any confession or admission that could be used in evidence against him.

The statement from the commission yesterday said Mr Koroisavou was being interviewed at the CID headquarters.

The Fiji Police Force has been very receptive in accommodating the request of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission to visit Mr Koroisavou.

Considering the seriousness of the allegations levelled against Mr Koroisavou, it is imperative that the Police conduct its investigations in the most transparent manner, compliant with fundamental human rights principles and within the bounds of the rule of law.

The constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly also comes with justifiable limitations that are consistent with international human rights law.  Therefore, an independent assessment from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on whether the actions of Mr Koroisavou constitutes a breach of section 66 and 67 of the Crimes Act that carefully balances freedom of expression and freedom of assembly with the imperatives of national security, public safety, public order, incitement to violence and incitement to cause harm as well as the protection of the rights and freedoms of others is critical.

While respecting the independence of the Fiji Police Force as well as the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Commission will be closely monitoring the progress of investigations.

Source: Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission

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