Human Rights in New Zealand

28-11-2014 - Support for Blue Print call for a stand-alone agency

Type: Media Release

Human Rights Commissioner lead on family violence, Dr Jackie Blue welcomes the Glenn Inquiry, ‘The People’s Blue Print’, which places at its heart that being safe and free from violence is a fundamental human right. The blue print follows on from ‘The People’s Report’, which detailed the powerful stories of 500 domestic violence victims, frontline […]

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27-11-2014 - Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill needs amending to better protect human rights

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee this afternoon on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill makes specific recommendations relating to passport denial; increasing safeguards around visual surveillance by the SIS; and limiting the time allowed for warrantless emergency surveillance. Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford stated that legislation is […]

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27-11-2014 - Invitation to public engagement meetings: New Zealand’s review before the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT)

Type: Event, Media Release

In May 2015 New Zealand will be reviewed by the UN Committee against Torture. The New Zealand Government signed up to the convention in 1989, and is required to report regularly to the UN on steps taken to fulfil its commitments. In preparation for the review, the government submitted a response to a series of […]

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25-11-2014 - White Ribbon Day: A lot of work to do – Human Rights Commission

Type: Media Release

White Ribbon Day is a timely reminder to all New Zealanders that when it comes to sexual violence there is a lot of work to do says Human Rights Commissioner Jackie Blue. “Many victims of sexual violence are failed by the current system and I welcome Justice Minister Amy Adams request that the Law Commission […]

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24-11-2014 - Race Relations Commissioner supports Chinese Kiwis heritage bid

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission says people wanting to turn a shipwreck into a money making venture should have talked with Chinese Kiwi leaders and families first. “The SS Ventnor  is a burial ground, the final resting place of 500 men.  Ever since this site was discovered, Chinese Kiwis have been returning to honour their ancestors during the […]

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24-11-2014 - Human Rights Commission condemns hate attacks on children

Type: Media Release

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has condemned the latest hate attacks on New Zealand children. “Cowards and thugs taking part in hate attacks on Kiwi kids need to know their behaviour has no place in New Zealand,” said Dame Susan. “I urge all Kiwis to not be bystanders and to stand up for the […]

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20-11-2014 - EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is concerned over the handling of the Sutton complaint

Type: Media Release, News

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. “My main concern is the woman at the centre of these allegations and anyone else in the public sector who […]

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14-11-2014 - Chief Commisioner David Rutherford’s speech at the Buddy Day Breakfast

Type: Speech

  Tēnā Koutou Katoa Thank you to the team at Child Matters for inviting me to Buddy Day and entrusting me with the care of a buddy today. It is good to see Chairman Neil Richardson again. Today my buddy will be with me as I spend my day with the judges of our Supreme […]

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11-11-2014 - Violence costs women, children and the New Zealand economy

Type: Media Release

The Glenn Inquiry economic impact study, ‘Measuring the Economic Costs of Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence in New Zealand’ released today, shows that the cost of family violence cannot be ignored says Human Rights Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. “While the report conservatively estimates the economic cost to be upwards of $7 billion annually, the actual […]

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07-11-2014 - Growing Gender Pay Gap a Concern – EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue

Type: News, Viewpoint

While Kiwi women are among the world’s most educated, the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Gender Gap Index shows that there is a growing gap between economic opportunities for men and women in New Zealand. The report has revealed that we have dropped in the global rankings from seventh last year to 13th this year. “Until now New […]

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