AUSTRALIA MODIFIES FIJI TRAVEL WARNING

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 6) – The Australian Government has toned down its travel warnings about Fiji, after the Interim Government last week ended a state of emergency.

The Melbourne Herald Sun reports the Australian Government last night changed its travel advice to people going to Fiji, reducing the threat level from "high degree of caution" to "exercise caution".

Travel advisories warning people of dangers in Fiji were strengthened by Australia and other countries around the time of the military coup.

But the latest advice continues to warn people that political tensions could lead to violence.

"You should avoid demonstrations, street rallies and public gatherings as such events could result in civil disorder," the advice now says.

In light of the human rights abuses alleged to have been carried out by the military on critics of the interim regime, the Australian Government has warned travellers to avoid military installations, activity and personnel.

"There have been many instances of intimidation of individuals and detention for questioning by the RFMF (Republic of Fiji Military Forces)," it says.

The updated advice also removes an earlier warning concerning outbreaks of typhoid in parts of Fiji.

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