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Amnesty International responds to ‘Hit & Run’ release

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Amnesty International responds to ‘Hit & Run’ release

Following the release of Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s book ‘Hit & Run’, Grant Bayldon Executive Director of Amnesty International New Zealand released the following statement: “Based on the release of Hit & Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the meaning of honour, there appears to be evidence that New Zealand troops may […]

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Amnesty International – Response to Ombudsman’s report on treatment of prisoners

By   /  March 1, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Amnesty International – Response to Ombudsman’s report on treatment of prisoners

In response to the Chief Ombudsman’s report highlighting that the Corrections Department’s treatment of prisoners has breached international torture prevention standards under the Convention Against Torture, the Executive Director of Amnesty International New Zealand, Grant Bayldon, said, “We recognise that the responsibility for at-risk prisoners is challenging. But that is never an excuse to resort […]

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Commutation for Chelsea Manning is a long overdue positive step for human rights – Amnesty International

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Commutation for Chelsea Manning is a long overdue positive step for human rights – Amnesty International

With less than a week left in his term, President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning today. Manning had been serving a 35-year sentence in a maximum security prison after releasing information that pointed to potential crimes under international law and human rights violations by the U.S. military. “Chelsea Manning exposed serious abuses, and as […]

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Myanmar: Security forces target Rohingya during vicious Rakhine scorched-earth campaign – Amnesty International

By   /  December 20, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Military violations could be crimes against humanity Soldiers killing and raping Rohingya Helicopters fired randomly at villagers Bangladesh has illegally pushed back thousands of refugees The Myanmar security forces are responsible for unlawful killings, multiple rapes and the burning down of houses and entire villages in a campaign of violence against Rohingya people that may […]

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Missed opportunity for New Zealand Parliament to be on the right side of history – Amnesty International

By   /  December 15, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Today New Zealand Parliamentarians from the cross-party Human Rights Parliamentary Network introduced a motion during Question Time calling on the Australian Government to support refugees seeking protection. Unfortunately, members of the National Party and New Zealand First objected to the motion being introduced to the House. The motion moved that the House express its support […]

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Fiji: A darker side of paradise – Amnesty International

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Fiji: A darker side of paradise – Amnesty International

Under the military’s dominance, Fiji has seen an ingrained culture of torture take root among its security forces, a new Amnesty International report says today.

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Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour – Amnesty International

By   /  December 1, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour – Amnesty International

The world’s most popular food and household companies are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights abuses in Indonesia, with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions, said Amnesty International in a new report published today. The report, The great palm oil scandal: Labour abuses […]

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Dr Anna Neistat: Fighting bad guys on the frontline – Amnesty International

By   /  November 26, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

She has crossed borders under cover of darkness, been in car chases with militants and interrogated by corrupt armed forces. While some lawyers go to “battle” in the courtroom and the boardroom, Anna goes to battle — literally — the kind with bullets, drones and rockets. Dr Anna Neistat leads Amnesty International’s research worldwide. She is visiting […]

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NZ must stand up for the International Criminal Court – Amnesty International

By   /  November 17, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Millions of victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations deserve to have their day in court, Amnesty International said as it urged New Zealand and other states to work to strengthen, rather than withdraw from, the International Criminal Court (ICC). Amnesty International’s appeal comes as the Court faces a backlash in some parts […]

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New Zealand Government’s silence on Nauru ‘deafening’ – Amnesty International

By   /  November 2, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New Zealand Government’s silence on Nauru ‘deafening’ – Amnesty International

In response to Prime Minister Key’s statements about the unlikelihood of a deal with Australia to resettle 150 refugees detained on Nauru and Manus because New Zealand has no intention of setting up separate classes of citizens, and Australia has no appetite for taking up New Zealand’s offer, the Executive Director of Amnesty International New Zealand, […]

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Australian Government’s lifetime ban proposal callous and cruel – Amnesty International

By   /  November 1, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Australian Government’s lifetime ban proposal callous and cruel – Amnesty International

The Australian Government continues to punish and discriminate against people seeking asylum for the way they travel to Australia, with its proposed lifetime ban on people entering the country if they arrive by boat. In an announcement yesterday Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the Government would seek to rush through new laws that would […]

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Snapchat, Skype among apps not protecting users’ privacy – Amnesty International

By   /  October 23, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Snapchat, Skype among apps not protecting users’ privacy – Amnesty International

Facebook/WhatsApp, Apple top privacy ranking of messaging apps Only 3 of 11 tech firms examined provide end-to-end encryption by default on all their messaging apps. Tech companies like Snapchat and Skype’s owner Microsoft are failing to adopt basic privacy protections on their instant messaging services, putting users’ human rights at risk, Amnesty International said today. […]

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Poll: 79% of Kiwis want PM John Key to speak out on abuses in Australian offshore detention – Amnesty International

By   /  October 19, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Poll: 79% of Kiwis want PM John Key to speak out on abuses in Australian offshore detention – Amnesty International

Today Amnesty International has released new research conducted by UMR on the attitudes of New Zealanders towards the human rights abuses happening to people held by the Australian Government in offshore detention centres. The results show that Kiwis are concerned about what’s happening in detention centres on Manus, Nauru and Christmas Island and believe the […]

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Australia’s regime of cruelty has turned Nauru into an open-air prison – Amnesty International

By   /  October 18, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The horrific conditions that refugees and asylum seekers are forced to endure by the Australian Government inside Australia’s now notorious offshore detention centre on Nauru are documented in a new report released by Amnesty International today. The report ‘‘Island of Despair’ exposes the government of Australia’s policy of “processing” refugees and asylum-seekers on Nauru for […]

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – Global Report: NZ and other rich nations not taking their fair share of refugees

By   /  October 5, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

New Zealand and other wealthy countries have shown a complete lack of leadership and responsibility, leaving the world’s low and middle income countries to shoulder the vast majority of the world’s refugees, said Amnesty International in a comprehensive assessment of the refugee crisis published today. The report ‘Tackling the global refugee crisis: From shirking to sharing responsibility’, […]

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GUEST BLOG: Amnesty International – Thailand: A culture of torture under the military

By   /  September 29, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on GUEST BLOG: Amnesty International – Thailand: A culture of torture under the military

Since seizing power in a 2014 coup, Thailand’s military authorities have allowed a culture of torture and other ill-treatment to flourish across the country, with soldiers and policemen targeting suspected insurgents, political opponents, and individuals from the most vulnerable sections of society, a new report by Amnesty International said today.

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