Refugees and migrants

09-04-2014 - United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Statement

Type: Report, Statement

Following their first official invite to New Zealand the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has released a statement outlining their preliminary findings and conclusions of their visit. The Working Group acknowledged that, overall, legislation and policy concerning deprivation of liberty in New Zealand is well-developed and generally consistent with international human rights law and […]

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21-03-2014 - Commission launches review of Race Relations in 2013

Type: Media Release, Report

New Zealand is more diverse than it has ever been and this is both its greatest strength and biggest challenge. That’s according to Dame Susan Devoy, Race Relations Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission,  who launched  her first race relations review and the Commission’s tenth, entitled Tūi Tūi Tuituiā, Race Relations in 2013 last night. […]

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03-12-2013 - Commission welcomes growing diversity

Type: Media Release

The Commission welcomes the release of census figures showing our Asian communities are the fastest growing ethnicity over the past decade, says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “The Asian population has almost doubled since 2001 and increased as a percentage of the total population by over 5 per cent. That makes it the fastest […]

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20-06-2013 - Day marks challenges and achievements of refugees worldwide

Type: Media Advisory

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy says World Refugee Day offers the opportunity to reflect on the journey refugees make to find peace, security and a new life.

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17-08-2012 - A fair go for all in Aotearoa?

Type: Media Release

Are all Kiwis given a fair go? A Human Rights Commission report on structural discrimination (institutional racism) in public services says they are not. The report finds strong, consistent evidence that structural discrimination is a real and ongoing issue in New Zealand. The report will be launched at the New Zealand Diversity Forum on Monday […]

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28-06-2012 - Immigration proposals threaten balance between border security and international obligations

Type: Media Release

Proposed amendments to the Immigration Act including mandatory detention for groups of asylum seekers arriving by sea upsets the careful balance between the need for border security and New Zealand’s international treaty obligations. Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says, “As a New Zealander I find it hard to contemplate a situation in which we […]

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20-06-2012 - Detaining refugees would stain New Zealand’s international reputation

Type: Opinion piece

Every minute of the day eight people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. The number of refugees, estimated at 10.5 million, in this time of relative peace, continues to equal more than the population of New Zealand. Today, 20 June is World Refugee Day, when we should take a moment to reflect […]

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01-05-2012 - Mandatory group detention plans run counter to UN convention

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission says proposed changes to the Immigration Act 2009 threaten New Zealand’s obligations under the UN Refugee Convention and potentially lack compliance with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.

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07-03-2012 - Race relations report highlights changing face of NZ

Type: Report

The changing face of New Zealand and its implications for race relations are highlighted in the Human Rights Commission’s annual review of race relations launched today.

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10-02-2012 - Race Relations Commissioner says focus on inclusion needed to reduce Asian discrimination

Type: Media Release, Report

Ask the average New Zealander who is most discriminated against and he or she is most likely to say ‘Asians’. In a public opinion survey conducted for the Human Rights Commission’s annual review of racial discrimination, Asians were named by 75 per cent of respondents as the most discriminated against group in New Zealand. This […]

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