ALHR calls on Pacific Islands Forum Leaders to encourage Fiji to lift PER

September 8, 2011

Stephen Keim, President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, today, strongly urged Pacific Islands Forum Leaders to take action to encourage Fiji to lift Public Emergency Regulations and other restrictions on freedom of expression.

Mr. Keim said: “Since April 2009, the Public Emergency Regulations have been used to suppress criticism of the military and intimidate journalists, politicians, lawyers, human rights activists, church leaders and union representatives. These laws are reinforced by provisions in the Media Industry Development Decree 2010 and the Crimes Decree 2009. The regulations violate freedom of assembly, opinion, expression and movement, the right to a fair trial and freedom from arbitrary detention.”