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Police chief to share anti-brutality tips

September 20, 2015 9:30 pm

Police Commissioner Major General Ben Groenewald says he has been invited to speak about efforts to curb police brutality at a United Nations conference next month.

He says the UN Convention Against Torture or UNCAT has asked him to share his views on human rights and the anti-brutality measures he’s implemented since starting as commissioner a year and a half ago.

Groenewald told Radio New Zealand International there is a label against the Fiji police since fairly early that they are fairly brutal, but since his appointment here one and half years ago they are working strongly on that.

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He says the request by the UNCAT was to give an overview in terms of their experiences in terms of steps to be taken to prevent police brutality."

Groenewald says he’s waiting for approval from his political bosses to attend the Costa Rica meeting.

He also says Fiji is expected to formally sign up to UNCAT in the next few weeks.

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