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.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, January 28th, 2018 - 51 comments
Who are the bigger criminals?
Written By: - Date published: 7:32 pm, December 14th, 2016 - 5 comments
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.
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?
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.
Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 29th, 2015 - 7 comments
One of these principled statements is not like the other.
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?
Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, August 13th, 2013 - 18 comments
When 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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]