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Walking the Human Rights Tightrope in NZ Prisons

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 pm, April 1st, 2019 - 114 comments

The question of prisoners’ rights has hit the news today. That’s rare because we don’t normally care.

A new Guest Post from Maggie puts the case that we walk a tightrope when we seek to simplify the complex issues at play in prison.

Human Rights decision is quite pointed

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, March 13th, 2019 - 13 comments

A decision released yesterday by the Human Rights Review Tribunal that went against Cameron Slater is very clear. The gratuitous publication of personal details on its own simply isn’t newsworthy in any news medium. The topic has to actually be newsworthy to get the exemption in the Privacy Act for news mediums. 

Rimutaka Prison.

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, January 28th, 2018 - 51 comments

Who are the bigger criminals?

Updated.

A warning from post-truth Turkey

Written By: - Date published: 2:10 pm, December 19th, 2016 - 22 comments

A Turkish journalist writes about the “post-truth” collapse of human rights in Turkey, and warns “western” readers that the same thing is happening to them.

NRT: Even more expensive

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 pm, December 14th, 2016 - 5 comments

NoRightTurn: The police’s illegal raid on Nicky Hager’s home has got even more expensive

Key doesn’t like being shown up by Little

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, November 24th, 2015 - 131 comments

Andrew Little is planning to speak up for the rights of Kiwi expats on his trip to Australia. Key clearly doesn’t like being shown up, so out come the desperate accusations.

Slack on our craven human rights record

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, November 15th, 2015 - 24 comments

David Slack is on fire this morning with his take on our craven human rights record – in the form of imagined NCEA questions.

Human Rights, Psychos and Opposition

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, November 11th, 2015 - 92 comments

New Zealand’s bloody awful parliamentary debacle.

Border Force fiasco – how would NZ respond?

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, August 29th, 2015 - 128 comments

Yesterday Melbourne stood up for human rights. Would we in NZ have done the same?

National’s law ruled a violation of human rights

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, July 25th, 2015 - 16 comments

The High Court has ruled that a law passed by National in 2010 is a violation of the Bill of Rights Act. This is a first for NZ, and another “proud” item to add to National’s legacy.

Spot the difference: Nats on capital punishment

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 29th, 2015 - 7 comments

One of these principled statements is not like the other.

The Bay Wide Boys

Written By: - Date published: 1:10 am, March 10th, 2015 - 8 comments

The Tribunal made specific mention of the apology Baywide Chief Executive Gavin Earle read to the victim during the hearing noting that it ” . . . was delivered without any detectable note of sincerity . . . “

Supporting all the colours of the rainbow

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, August 27th, 2014 - 69 comments

Labour’s Rainbow Policy got some attention for its promise to offer a third gender option on passports and drivers’ licences. Why is this a big deal?

GCSB diversions and won’t anyone think of the kids?

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, August 13th, 2013 - 18 comments

John Key Nat Billboard Corproate voteWhen National is on the defensive it engages in acts of mass diversion.  So under further pressure about its GCSB reforms it plans an increase in Ministerial Inquiry powers that would have Andrea Vance worried, and it is proposing that people acquitted of offences involving children are nevertheless subject to draconian restrictions on their liberty.

Bennett: a complete failure

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 pm, March 28th, 2010 - 72 comments

What a complete failure Paula Bennett is. If you could bear to sit through her interview on Q+A yesterday, you would have heard nothing but vacuous crap completely divorced from reality and her actual policies, which are opposed by Treasury, Health, and the Attorney-General. There are 67,000 more working age people on benefits than when Bennett became minister and she has no plan to reverse that.

More powers for the cops, that’ll solve everything

Written By: - Date published: 2:09 pm, February 11th, 2009 - 38 comments

I was going to write about the new DNA powers National/ACT is giving the Police, but No Right Turn has already done it far better than I could: The government’s bill allowing DNA to be taken from anyone arrested breaches the Bill of Rights Act [PDF]. The Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Amendment Bill would allow […]

Freedom Week

Written By: - Date published: 6:28 pm, July 30th, 2008 - 9 comments

Amnesty International does some great campaigning and human rights work around the globe and this week is Freedom Week, their annual fundraising and awareness drive. Most people will be familiar with Amnesty’s work, especially with the spotlight they’ve helped to shine on China’s appalling human rights record in the leadup to the Olympics. What’s often […]

Torchure

Written By: - Date published: 4:34 pm, May 6th, 2008 - 9 comments

Amnesty UK has just released the first of four animations intended to highlight human rights abuses in China during the lead-up to the Olympic Games.

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