The Fiji Government has predictably lashed out at the US State Department’s report on the state of human rights, with attorney general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum dismissing the report as pedestrian and biased.
The report was released earlier this month and condemned the human rights situation in Fiji.
In an interview with the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Sayed-Khaiyum says the report lacks depth and real understanding of what Fiji citizens need right now.
“That some of the issue that the report seems to highlight seems rather pedestrian in terms of their approach. Because some of the things they’re alluding to for example the ethnic composition of those in Cabinet. Those sorts of supposed problems they’re pointing out now existed prior to the 5th of December 06. So they’re making it a bit deal now when they obviously didn’t make a big deal of it previously.”
Sayed-Khaiyum goes on to say the report is biased because the authors or those that provided the information are politicians and those who don’t like the current government.
He told FBC: “Indeed, one has to question the integrity of the report itself and those who’ve actually written the report and their sources of information. Are the people in Fiji, perhaps the US embassy people or other sources of information objective, or in fact tainted by their own political views? Those are some things that have to be considered.”
Sayed-Khaiyum said the Bainimarama Government would push ahead with their planned reforms, as it would build a better Fiji for the future.