Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS) is calling on people who feel victimised during the current transition of power period to report such cases.
Executive Director, Vani Catanasiga, said it is important during this national transition that those who feel they are being victimised get appropriate support which also includes psycho-social services and referral assistance.
Catanasiga made this comment while responding to Leader of Opposition Voreqe Bainimarama’s statement, urging citizens who are living in fear or whose rights and freedoms outlined in the Constitution have been undermined to email the FijiFirst Party.
“While his concerns are commended, his statement is inciteful and from an atrocity early warning perspective could motivate or drive certain individuals or groups to resort to violence as a response to real or perceived threats insinuated in such a statement.”
“In the situation that potential complainants feel unsafe about reporting, I encourage them to reach out to FCOSS and other Human Rights NGO who have worked to support citizens agency, voice and redress for decades in this country.”
She has encouraged people who are being victimised to reach out to FCOSS and other human rights NGOs who have worked to support citizens agency, voices and redress for decades in this country.
“This is a critical time for our country, and I’d like to encourage political leaders to exercise wisdom and restraint in their public statements, keeping in mind that there is widespread social trauma of citizens due to our history of coups in Fiji and our fragile political environment,” she added.