VANUATU SLOW TO ACT ON CRITICAL REPORT

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Coroner’s report condemned police brutality

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 2, 2010) – The Vanuatu Government is continuing to delay action on a Coroner’s Report that was highly critical of the police and its paramilitary wing.

The report was written by a New Zealand judge, Nevin Dawson, who described a force that placed itself above the law.

He called for sweeping changes in the report, released four months ago.

The Government promised to establish a commission of inquiry two months ago but that is yet to happen.

Earlier this week the New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, on a brief visit to Port Vila, was told by the Internal Affairs Minister, Moana Carcasses Kalosil, that any inquiry has been delayed until at least next month.

But he told Mr McCully that the results of the inquiry will satisfy all parties.

Transparency International in Vanuatu has previously raised concerns that commissions of inquiry there are typically used to suppress discussion on controversial matters and achieve little.

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