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Amnesty International. 2009 ‘Fiji Public Emergency Regulations 2009.’ Fiji: Paradise Lost. A Tale of Ongoing Human Rights Violations April - July 2009; ASA 18/002/2009, pp. 14-16. London: Amnesty International. 7 September

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Fiji Public Emergency Regulations 2009

The Public Emergency Regulations (PER) were issued and came into force at midday on 10 April 2009… The PER grants broad powers to the authorities in the name of "maintaining public safety". These powers include:

- The power of "any police officer or member of the Armed Forces" to search any person, vehicle or building on reasonable suspicions, as well as to use force including firearms, in effecting arrest. The Regulation adds that "no police officer nor any member of the Armed Forces nor any person acting in aid of such police officer or member using such force shall be liable in any criminal or civil proceedings for having by the use of such force caused harm or death to any person" (sec. 21)…

The fact that soldiers and police acting under the Regulation enjoy total impunity, including for the use of firearms, raises serious concerns that other rights, including the right to life (Article 3 of the UDHR) and to freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (Article 5 of the UDHR), are also seriously jeopardized by the Regulation. At particular risk are real or impugned government critics…

Source cited:
Fiji. 2009. Public Safety Act. Public Emergency Regulations 2009
www.fiji.gov.fj/uploads/PEREG_2009.doc

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