Crime & Court

‘Media Help Yanks’

Controversial report on Fiji's Human Rights in the spotlight.
08 Apr 2021 11:24
‘Media Help Yanks’
conEmbassy of the United States of America Chargé d’Affaires to Fiji Tony Greubel in Suva on March 31, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Embassy of the United States of America Charge d’ Affaires Tony Greubel has claimed some media sources were amongst those talked to before the controversial and discredited Fiji Human Rights Report 2020 by the USA.

He did not reveal which media sources helped give them “information” for the report. (Editors Note: It wasn’t the Fiji Sun)

When asked if the Government was engaged or responses were sought regarding the claims in the report, Mr Greubel said it was not done, but the embassy would be meeting with the Fijian Government and talk about the matters.

Issues raised in the report have been strongly criticised as incorrect and not portraying a true picture of human rights in the country.

Fiji’s own Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission was not consulted.

The report has been circulated widely by the Americans.

“We do human rights reports for every single country,” said Mr Greubel.

“There are bad news and there are good news. It is just a way of pointing out things we could be doing better.

“We engage all the time on these issues. This is part of our diplomatic engagements.

“Over the course of the year, we are talking government to government diplomacy, it is not a public thing. We are constantly engaging with the Government of Fiji on these issues.

“We have not had a response for this version of the human rights report yet from the Government. We will be talking and it will be government to government.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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