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US report queries alleged police brutality

A report from the United States of America’s Department of State highlighted an alleged case of police brutality last year, where a villager in Cakaudrove was reportedly beaten by a group of 20 police officers. The report, released earlier this week, noted there were no reports that the “government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful […]

Calvin Prasad

April 22, 2016 11:34 am

A report from the United States of America’s Department of State highlighted an alleged case of police brutality last year, where a villager in Cakaudrove was reportedly beaten by a group of 20 police officers.

The report, released earlier this week, noted there were no reports that the “government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings”.

A police spokesperson told Newswire, only the Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho was able to comment on the issue.  Commissioner Qiliho is on a tour to Pacific islands countries, and could not be reached for a comment.  Other senior officers are also on overseas tours.

The report noted under “Arbitrary or Unlawful Deprivation of Life”:

FIJI 2015 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT: “On March 20, a 20-person police team reportedly took Sakiusa Niulala from his home and beat him on the village lawn in front of his neighbors and children until he was unconscious. Then Fiji commissioner of police Ben Groenwald initiated an official internal investigation into the alleged beating, but there have been no reports of disciplinary action as of year’s end.”

Former Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald last year stated there was no report lodged by Sakiusa Niulala where he claimed he was allegedly assaulted by police officers.

GROENWALD: “However, this is a very serious matter and I have tasked a team to visit the family and conduct an official investigation regarding the allegations.”

On April 13, 2016, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress. The reports, now in their 40th year, document the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world.

The 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices are available at State.gov/humanrightsreports and HumanRights.gov/reports.

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