Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama this morning opened the High-Level Regional Seminar on the UN Convention Against Torture in the Pacific.
In opening the seminar, attended by Ministers and other senior legal experts from the region, the Fijian Head of Government reiterated his Government’s stand that torture did not have a place in Fiji in any form.
This includes zero tolerance of incidence by any of the defence arms and corporal punishment in schools.
Fiji, he said also condemned all forms of torture in its corrections services.
“But our own journey to rid our society of violence and torture is far from over. Even with the progress we’ve already achieved, we continue to see stories of violence carried out by our teachers, our correctional officers, and our police force. And for each of these stories, it’s safe to say that there are many dozens more that go untold –– lost as quiet acceptance in a culture where it’s easier to turn your head and look away than it is to speak up,” he said.
“And while we are working to hold all perpetrators accountable, we have a long way to go before we see a true and tangible shift in our culture.”