The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill, saying it is an improvement on current legislation, but still raises issues of concern.
The Bill addresses issues previously raised by the Human Rights Commission, including:
- consolidation of the existing legislation into one piece of legislation in order to improve clarity and accessibility
- strengthened requirements regarding compliance with human rights law
- stronger warrant authorisation and oversight provisions for the NZSIS and the GCSB.
Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford says, “While the proposed legislation is a significant improvement and addresses many of the issues we have previously raised, there are aspects of the Bill which are still of concern. Chief among these is the definition of national security.
“We will address these issues in our submission and will also be considering how deeply human rights principles have been incorporated into the Bill.
“We will continue to press separately to have the right to privacy included in the New Zealand Bill of Rights.”
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