The European Union Delegation for the Pacific issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Fiji:
The European Union Delegation is deeply disturbed by a video published recently on the internet
containing graphic evidence of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment used against two men in handcuffs, suspected to be escaped prisoners.
Torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment represent grave violations of human rights and are prohibited under customary international law.
Such acts can never be justified. The EU Delegation welcomes the investigation that has been launched and call on the police to ensure it is conducted in a thorough and transparent manner, bringing the perpetrators rapidly to justice.
The EU works for the eradication of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment throughout the world. The EU Delegation encourages the early signature by Fiji of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.