UN human rights office shocked by video of torture in Fiji


Rupert Colville

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed shock over the content of a video showing the apparent torture and inhuman and degrading treatment of two handcuffed men in Fiji. The shocking nine-minute tape has been seen on social networks and the internet, according to Rupert Colville of the Human Rights Office. While the circumstances surrounding the video have not yet been ascertained, the acts being carried out in it are clearly illegal, and the Human Rights Office condemns them in the strongest terms. Derrick Mbatha has more.

A Dusun from Malaysia says alcohol abuse is cause for violence against women

Anne Lasimbang

Anne Lasimbang is a member of the Dusun ethnic group in the Malaysian state of Sabah, Borneo. She has been an advocate in the fight for indigenous peoples’ rights in Malaysia, and in Asia as a whole. She has also been involved in the local women’s activities in Sabah, Malaysia since 1983. Anne Lasimbang explains to Beng Poblete-Enriquez that due to lack of jobs and opportunities in the Dusun community, the indigenous men are frustrated. As a result they’re experiencing psychological problems, resorting to alcohol abuse and abusing the women.

Human Rights Special Rapporteur presents report on the DPRK

Marzuki Darusman

The UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the DPRK, told the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva that the widespread systematic pattern of violations in the country could constitute crimes against humanity. Darusman said the issue needs more scrutiny than can be carried out by a single investigator. The Special Rapporteur said a detailed analysis of decades of human rights abuses in the DPRK documented by various actors, including United Nations entities, showed nine patterns of human rights violations.

Presenter: Gerry Adams
Duration: 10'00"

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