Monday, October 15, 2007

Restore FHRC's independance: APF

Monday, October 15, 2007

Update: 3.30 pmThe Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (the APF) has expressed disappointment with the actions of the Fiji Human Rights Commission saying it has undermined its independance.

Writing to Human Rights Commissioner Shamima Ali recently, APF director Kieren Fitzpatrick said their meeting in September comprising the national human rights commissions from Afghanistan, Australia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Timor-Leste met recently to discuss human rights issues including Fiji's situation.

"The Forum offered APF assistance to re-establish the Commission's independence," Fitzpatrick said.

"Forum Councillors urged all Forum members, especially in situations of conflict, to demonstrate independence as required by the Paris Principles."

"I shall write to the Fiji Commission today to inform them of the above statement.

"Please feel free to contact me if you would require any further information."

Ms Ali is expected to respond to the statement soon.

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