Jalal, a regional public servant who travels the Pacific and worldwide as the Human Rights Adviser for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, had her passport seized on January 11.
A global outcry from Amnesty International and other human rights defender networks (see links below) has called on the Fiji authorities to stop the harassment of Jalal and other human rights defenders in Fiji.
PFF co-chair Monica Miller of American Samoa says it is “ironic that a Pacific light for freedom of expression and the rule of law is now proving to all of us through her own life what happens when these universal human rights go out the window. We honour her courage, her determination to denounce her oppressors in public, and her refusal to be silenced; and will continue to condemn the campaign of harassment, intimidation and fear being waged by a regime against citizens whose work is so important to an entire region, not just to Fiji.”
The Pacific Freedom Forum calls on the regime to:
Return the focus of FICAC to corruption in public office and prosecute within its mandate
Stop the harassment of human rights defenders in Fiji and return freedom of expression, movement and assembly for all
Revoke the media decree, remove military censors and give control of news content back to editors.Background | links
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Amnesty International statement:
Joint AWID/APWLD/WLUML statement:
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