Human Rights Commission and police investigate alleged brutality case in Tukavesi

Human Rights Commission and police investigate alleged brutality case in Tukavesi

By Iva Danford
Thursday 06/05/2021
Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission Director Ashwin Raj. [image: File]

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission and Police are investigating an alleged brutality case involving a man from Loa Village in Tukavesi who claims that he was assaulted by eight police officers and a soldier during a drug raid on the 26th of last month.

Police have also confirmed that they have received a report regarding this case on the 30th of last month.

It is alleged that this man was caught when he was approaching the farm while the raid was being conducted, and ran away when he had seen the officers.

Commission Director Ashwin Raj says the victim who is in his 40s has undergone a medical examination.

He says they have conducted a preliminary interview with the victim.

Raj says some of these officers were allegedly dressed in civilian clothes.

He says pursuant to section 30 of the Human Rights Act, the Commission is conducting an independent investigation into the matter on its own motion with the intention of providing redress to the victim.

Raj says the use of excessive force amounting to gratuitous violence, constitutes an infraction of section 11 of the Fijian Constitution which expressly provides that “every person has the right to freedom from torture of any kind, whether physical, mental or emotional, and from cruel, inhuman, degrading or disproportionally severe treatment or punishment”.

He says in the dispensation of its constitutional mandate, law enforcement agencies must conduct themselves within the confines of the rule of law and in adherence with human rights.

Raj says the fact remains that no one is above the law and any use of force by law enforcement agencies must be necessary, proportionate and lawful because they have a constitutional obligation to ensure that everyone enjoys the right to be free from cruel and degrading treatment even if they are in conflict with the law.

He says those responsible for this abhorrent act of violence must be held accountable and must face the full brunt of the law.

Five Squares Gray Inn

Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
Proposed Tian Lun project at Nasese
Concerned residents are wondering why there was no publicity about such a huge project that will affect the environment along Queen Elizabeth ...
30 days ago

Leader of Opposition Voreqe Bainimarama suspended from parliament for 3 years
Leader of the Opposition, Voreqe Bainimarama has been suspended from Parliament for 3 years
33 days ago

Members of Parliament respond to the President's Address
Members of Parliament respond to the President's Address
37 days ago
CID question Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Mohammed Saneem
CID Officers questioned former Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and former Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem at two different venues today...
10 hours ago
Do not underestimate the minds of children - Ravuiwasa
Never underestimate children that are not strong-minded and that are always sitting quietly in classrooms as they are the ones that take their time ...
10 hours ago

We are here as your Government to serve you – PM
We are here as your Government to serve you and as the Tui Cakau and Speaker of Parliament Ratu Naiqama Lalabavu has said, we will do so till the ...
10 hours ago

IMF predicts Fiji’s economy to grow by about 7.5% this year
Fiji’s economy is expected to grow at about 7.5 percent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund. The Head of IMF Mission to ...
10 hours ago

107 cases reported against taxi drivers since the beginning of 2022
107 cases have been reported against taxi drivers and operators to the Consumer Council of Fiji, since the beginning of January 2022 and they ...
10 hours ago

IMF recommends tax reforms and assistance to vulnerable households
No one likes to pay more taxes but in order to put public finances on a sound footing and maintain the spending that is needed in the economy, the ...
10 hours ago