Monday, March 23, 2009

Fiji Reports on Jungle style brutality on those Brave Fiji Men & Women that are standing up against the current regime.

Article By Fiji Times Online

NGOs condemn terror attacks

Monday, March 23, 2009

FIJI's NGO coalition on Human Rights has strongly condemned the stoning of the house of prominent unionist and pro-democracy activist Attar Singh last week.

Mr Singh, his wife and former Suva City councillor Priscilla Singh and their family were awakened early in the morning by the sound of breaking glass in their Samabula home.

The family later found their two cars and a window of their home smashed.
NGOCHR chairperson Virisila Buadromo said they were appalled by the attack and urged the police to investigate the crime.

"The Singhs are respected citizens of Fiji, who have spoken out for the protection of human rights -- we now need to ensure that their rights are protected also," Ms Buadromo said.
"No family should have to live in fear of terror tactics in the middle of the night." The stoning followed the attack on the property of a Fiji Times editor-in-chief Netani Rika.
On March 10, vandals smashed Mr Rika's car. Mr Rika's house was attacked again on Saturday night.

Last month, former politician Kenneth Zinck also had the windows of his car smashed by unknown persons.

"These attacks appear to be targeted at free speech and human rights defenders, with dire implications for human rights in Fiji," Ms Buadromo said.

"Our basic human rights, including free speech, are protected by the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, as well as international human rights law.

"We call on the authorities to comply with their obligation to protect all our human rights, and ensure the criminals who perpetrated these acts are brought to justice."

Mr Singh, who was arrested and detained by soldiers early in 2007, is an outspoken unionist.

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