May, 2012
ISSN 1178-0940
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News & Issues

Commission to host Roundtable on Proposed Amendments to the Immigration Act 2009

The Government has announced amendments to the Immigration Act to deter a mass arrival of potentially illegal migrants into New Zealand.

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Human Rights Commission: Mandatory group detention plans run counter to UN Convention

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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Refugee Services CE expresses concern at shifts in government policy

Refugee Services Chief Executive Heather Hayden, writing in the May issue of the Refugee Services newsletter A Place to Call Home, expressed concern at some recent shifts in government policy.

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World Refugee Day Art Competition: One refugee without hope is too many

World Refugee Day takes place on 20 June, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched an Art Contest for Australian and New Zealand school children to promote education about refugee issues and promote a culture of respect and tolerance.

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National Refugee Resettlement Forum 2012

Each year the Department of Labour, on behalf of government agencies, hosts a national forum for a wide range of refugee resettlement stakeholder participants from refugee communities, NGO resettlement service providers, government agencies, and international organisations.

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Manukau Settlement Support Network Meeting

Settlement Support Manukau invites Service providers, Employers, Migrants and Former Refugees in Manukau to the next networking meeting on Saturday 9 June from 10am to 1pm at the Council Chambers, 35A St George Street Papatoetoe. 

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Launch of research on employment within refugee-background communities

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum will launch its latest research focussing on employment within the refugee-background communities, at the National Refugee Resettlement Forum, to be held in Wellington on 30-31 May.

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Refugee Community Forum on Disability and Human Rights: 9 June

The Human Rights Commission and ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, invite you to a Refugee Community Forum on Disability and Human Rights.

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Public Meetings on the Conditions and Treatment of people in detention

The Human Rights Commission, Ombudsmen, Children’s Commissioner, Independent Police Conduct Authority, and Inspector of Service Penal Establishments invite members of civil society to meet with them to discuss their work in monitoring places of detention and to seek your views on the conditions and treatment of people in detention.

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For more information about the ‘Te Punange: Refugee Focus’, please contact Michael White at michaelw@hrc.co.nz

Information about the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme is available at www.hrc.co.nz/diversity.

The views contained in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the position of the Human Rights Commission.