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Issues faced by Rainbow community need ongoing collaboration – Human Rights Commission

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Issues faced by Rainbow community need ongoing collaboration – Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission has applauded parliament’s raising of the bi, intersex, rainbow and transgender flags to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), but has reiterated the need for progress to continue. This year’s theme for IDAHOBIT, which is marked each year on Thursday, 17 May, is Alliance for Solidarity. Commissioner […]

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Risks to human rights inherent in technological advances – Human Rights Commission

By   /  May 10, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Risks to human rights inherent in technological advances – Human Rights Commission

Rapid advances in digital technology, including the use of new analytical techniques to process data and inform decision-making, need to balance benefits with risks to human rights the Human Rights Commission says. Chief Commissioner David Rutherford says applying algorithms to big data was seen as valuable for social policy and decision-making. “This has the potential […]

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End of Life Choice Bill poses significant risks to disabled – Human Rights Commission

By   /  March 8, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on End of Life Choice Bill poses significant risks to disabled – Human Rights Commission

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says the End of Life Choice Bill undermines years of work to change perceptions of disabled people in New Zealand and poses significant risks to them. Ms Tesoriero has outlined her concerns regarding the End of Life Choice Bill in a submission to the Justice Select Committee. “Much of the […]

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Human Rights Commission welcomes Cabinet announcement on BORA amendment

By   /  February 28, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Human Rights Commission welcomes Cabinet announcement on BORA amendment

The Prime Minister’s announcement regarding an amendment to the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act (BORA) has been welcomed by the Human Rights Commission. The amendment, which has been agreed in principle by Cabinet, will provide a statutory basis for senior Courts to issue declarations of inconsistency when they believe that legislation passed by Parliament […]

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An Open Letter to All New Zealanders from Paula Tesoriero, Disability Rights Commissioner – Human Rights Commission

By   /  December 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on An Open Letter to All New Zealanders from Paula Tesoriero, Disability Rights Commissioner – Human Rights Commission

Today we start a campaign that’s about 24% of our population. Nearly a quarter of us live with disability. Mothers, fathers, children, grandchildren. Of all ethnicities, incomes and living across Aotearoa. So it’s important we take the opportunity to highlight the contributions they make to New Zealand and ensure this 24% is reflected in our […]

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Family Violence Policies in workplaces must be supported – Human Rights Commission

By   /  November 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Family Violence Policies in workplaces must be supported – Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission has reiterated its support for legislation that would see family violence policies introduced in all New Zealand workplaces. Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says that White Ribbon Day is an opportune time to reiterate why having a family violence policy is so important. “Domestic violence is one of the […]

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This is Aotearoa New Zealand: Get used to it – Human Rights Commission

By   /  November 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on This is Aotearoa New Zealand: Get used to it – Human Rights Commission

A Dunedin man who slammed anyone who supports te reo Māori as a “boring bigot” in a recent opinion piece in the Otago Daily Times needs to remember exactly where he lives, says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “Anyone who complains about te reo Māori being used and celebrated in this country need to […]

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Where to next for children’s rights – Human Rights Commission

By   /  November 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Where to next for children’s rights – Human Rights Commission

Calls from the Children’s Commissioner to ensure that children and the rights of children are at the heart of policy and legislative reform are supported by the Human Rights Commission. The UNCROC Monitoring Group, which the Human Rights Commission is part of, has today released the Getting It Right – The Children’s Convention in Aotearoa […]

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Paid Parental Leave extension announcement welcomed by HRC

By   /  November 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Paid Parental Leave extension announcement welcomed by HRC

The Human Rights Commission has today welcomed news that the Government will be introducing legislation to extend the amount of Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks by 2020. Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says the announcement will be welcome news to kiwi families who want to spend more time with their new babies […]

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Conference to develop the pathway for indigenous rights – Human Rights Commission

By   /  September 6, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Conference to develop the pathway for indigenous rights – Human Rights Commission

The Conference on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will provide a needed pathway forward for indigenous rights in New Zealand, says the Human Rights Commission. The conference, which opens at Te Papa in Wellington tomorrow and is being jointly hosted by the Commission and the Massey University-based Global Centre for Indigenous […]

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Commissions opposes Residential Tenancies Bill – Human Rights Commission

By   /  August 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Commissions opposes Residential Tenancies Bill – Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission has submitted its concerns around the human rights implications of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No.2) and recommended it not be passed in its current form. The Commission’s submission to the Local Government and Environment Committee focuses on two important aspects of the Bill – amendments that would make tenants liable […]

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Commission proud to stand with the people of Porirua – Human Rights Commission

By   /  August 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Commission proud to stand with the people of Porirua – Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed New Zealand’s first city to join the Human Rights Commission’s anti-racism campaign: Give Nothing to Racism. “Racism starts small but so too does hope. Prejudice starts in our everyday lives and it’s up to each and every one of us to make a stand,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame […]

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Spring Hill report confirms importance of regular monitoring – Human Rights Commission

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Spring Hill report confirms importance of regular monitoring – Human Rights Commission

A report released by the Ombudsman’s Office has confirmed why regular monitoring of places of detention is so valuable, says the Human Rights Commission. The OPCAT report, Report on an unannounced inspection of Spring Hill Corrections Facility Under the Crimes of Torture Act 1989, is part of the Chief Ombudsman’s commitment to publish reports from […]

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Kiwis with Intellectual Disabilities Faced Systemic Abuse – Human Rights Commission

By   /  July 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Kiwis with Intellectual Disabilities Faced Systemic Abuse – Human Rights Commission

The release of a new report into state abuse shows the mistreatment was systemic, enduring and an everyday reality for New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities who lived in institutions and special schools. “Institutions are places of abuse carries the stories of some very brave people whose stories of suffering are remarkably similar. Their testimonies speak […]

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Kiwis asked to listen to the story of a refugee – Human Rights Commission

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Kiwis asked to listen to the story of a refugee – Human Rights Commission

World Refugee Day 2017: Human Rights Commission asks Kiwis to take the time to listen to the story of a refugee For World Refugee Day the Human Rights Commission has asked New Zealanders to take the time to listen to the story of a refugee. “Take the time to listen to the story of everyday […]

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Independent report highlights urgent need for action on seclusion and restraint practices – Human Rights Commission

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Independent report highlights urgent need for action on seclusion and restraint practices – Human Rights Commission

A new independent report has outlined a number of serious concerns about New Zealand’s seclusion and restraint practices, says the Human Rights Commission. The independent report, Thinking Outside the Box? – A Review of Seclusion and Restraint Practices in New Zealand, has been written by international expert, Dr Sharon Shalev and was released by the […]

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