Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Fiji's Human Rights Body Thrown Out

PACNEWS - 2 April, 2007

In a report carried by Pacnews, the Fiji Human Rights Commission has been suspended from the international body which oversees human rights organisations following a review which found it lacked both credibility and independence, Radio New Zealand International reports.

The International Co-ordinating Committee (ICC) undertook the review after the Fiji Commission released a statement in early January supporting the actions of the military in its takeover. The ICC investigated their compliance with international human rights standards, particularly in regard to its independence.

The director of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions Kieren Fitzpatrick said the suspension would have an impact.
“Essentially it will restrict the Fiji Human Rights Commission’s credibility internationally. It won’t have any rights to be able to speak to U.N. related bodies. They’ve been removed during this period of suspension.”

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