Sunday, July 3, 2011

[pima.nius] Fiji police shut down women rights meeting

11:24 AM |

Fiji police shut down women rights meeting

Updated July 1, 2011 16:58:19

The Fiji government is defending the shutting down of a women's rights group meeting today, despite acknowledging they did have a legal right to hold it.

Police closed an internal planning meeting of the Fiji Women's Rights Movement at a resort in Pacific Harbour on the main island of Viti Levu earlier today. [on Friday morning].

Under Fiji's emergency regulations. known as PER, public meetings are banned, but there are complaints rom some groups that there is confusion about what is and is not a public meeting.

The Fiji Women's Rights Movement itself had no comment on what happened, but Shamima Ali, the Coordinator of the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre, told Bruce Hill the police action shows the ridiculous lengths some security personnel go to in applying the emergency regulations.

Presenter: Shamima Ali, the Coordinator of Fiji Women's Crisis Centre; Sharon Smith-Johns, Fiji's permanent secretary for Information


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