THE video footage of the violent beating of two men shows that brutality has crossed the line from using excessive force against a resisting person to unprovoked gratuitous violence against a person offering no resistance.
Yes, it’s a violation of their human rights, but may I ask the readers a question.
What about the victims of home invasion, robbery with violence, rape and assault?
Isn’t it also a violation of their human rights?
Article 3 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights says that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”
Despite the differences in crimes, they all have one trait in common — for the victim, the event is unexpected, uncontrollable and can create traumatic experience. The majority of victims say they will never have the same feeling of security and inviolability that they had in the past.
Remember, a burglar can steal more than just your belongings; they can steal your feeling of security.
La Passionara said:
After watching the video I have come to the firm conclusion that (i) Fijian males are endemically violent (note Fiji’s domestic violence record, as well as its child abuse prevalence which has reached epidemic proportions); and (ii) our Disciplined Services are no longer disciplined- because there is no leadership in the disciplined forces- their heads are too busy making politicians of themselves or focusing on international relations. In my view Bainimarama and Naivalarua must show everyone by example that they have a handle on the people they are paid to supervise.
But does this mean that it is okay to beat these two in this manner, handcuffed and bound?
What if one strike of the baton struck his head which later resulted in death. Would it be okay then? Does one not become one who they are beating?
How about this; they committed a crime, they were sentenced to a term in a secure prison cell, they opted to give up that security to escape and commit further crimes knowing how previous escapees had been dealt with. They in fact threw down the gauntlet. Would you feel the same if while on the run they had broken into your home and attacked YOUR family?????