Aussie priest under fire in Fiji

Australian priest, Fr Kevin Barr, who works with an ecumenical Fiji thinktank, is under fire for remarks which allegedly underplayed the threat to human rights by the current military government.

The reports that Deputy Coordinator of Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC), Edwina Kotoisuva said Fr Barr chose to point out that human rights violations that were being brought into the spotlight were the ones concerning activists and represented only a few people.

Ms Kotoisuva said he should be aware that human rights covers a broad range of issues and in fact he himself had chosen to be selective in the human rights he chooses to defend.

Sydney-born Fr Barr is founder of the Fijian Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy.

Ms Kotoisuva said he should be aware that human rights covers a broad range of issues and in fact he himself had chosen to be selective in the human rights he chooses to defend.

Ms Kotoisuva quoted Fr Barr as saying that the FWCC was upset because the "freedom of speech of less than 30 activists is curtailed".

"Well, I would like to ask him what about the voice of Sakiusa Rabaka?" she said.

Sakiusa Rabaka was a 19-year-old youth alleged to have been beaten to death by the military.

"Do we just ignore what happened to him and be grateful that we will now have economic policies which Fr Barr believes will bring us out of a state of poverty?" Ms Kotoisuva asked.


SOURCE
Priest's comment sparks criticism (Fiji Times, 28/2/07)
FHRC refuse to comment on student’s death (Fiji Village, 26/2/07)

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Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy

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