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Commission to investigate police brutality complaint

November 11, 2015 12:02 am

The Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission will investigate a complaint against police brutality at the Labasa Police Station.

The Commission received a complaint against five Labasa Police officers who allegedly beat up a female accused and rubbed chillies over her body.

Commission Chair Justice Mohammed Ajmeer says Section 11 of the Constitution guarantees that every person has the right to freedom from torture of any kind, whether physical, mental or emotional and from cruel, inhumane, degrading or disproportionately severe treatment or punishment.

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Justice Ajmeer says police officers appear to ignore these rights

We have to investigate. We have received complaint of police ill treatment. They not supposed to do that. They cannot compel a person to make a statement, a confession or admission. That is their right.

Justice Ajmeer says every public officer must protect, promote and fulfill the rights and freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution.

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