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

By   /  November 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

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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NZ’s first Anti Racism campaign reaches more than 2m people – Human Rights Commission

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on NZ’s first Anti Racism campaign reaches more than 2m people – Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission’s That’s Us  anti-racism campaign has reached almost 2 million people (1.9 million) and engaged with more than 600,000 people since its launch on the 1st September 2016. That’s Us is New Zealand’s first nationwide, anti-racism campaign with its first stage focused on sharing the stories of everyday Kiwis. Stand up to […]

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Historical abuse a major human rights & race relations issue – Human Rights Commission

By   /  February 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Historical abuse a major human rights & race relations issue – Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission says the Prime Minister’s refusal to meet commissioners to discuss the abuse of New Zealanders held in state run institutions is deeply disappointing. Last week the Commission wrote to the Prime Minister inviting him to meet to discuss the campaign for an inquiry into historical state abuse. “One of the Prime […]

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Demand an inquiry into the abuse of NZers held in state care – Human Rights Commission

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Human Rights Commission asks Kiwis to demand an inquiry into the abuse of New Zealanders held in state care The Human Rights Commission has asked New Zealanders to join their call for a comprehensive inquiry into the abuse of thousands of people, many of them children, while they were under the care of the Government. […]

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An Open Letter to the New Zealand Prime Minister from the Human Rights Commission

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

Never Again E Kore Ano Historic Abuse in State Care An Open Letter to the New Zealand Prime Minister We, the undersigned, call on the New Zealand Government to:   initiate an independent inquiry into the abuse of people held in State care in order to identify the systemic issues that permitted this to occur […]

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UN recommendations on children with disabilities welcomed – Human Rights Commission

By   /  October 13, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on UN recommendations on children with disabilities welcomed – Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed United Nations recommendations made to the New Zealand Government to strengthen the rights of children with disabilities. “If enforced by our Government the recommendations by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child could have a major, positive impact on the lives of thousands of New Zealand children […]

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Human Rights Commission vehemently denies allegations

By   /  September 27, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Human Rights Commission confirmed today that lawyers representing Auckland woman Julia Sloane have written alleging that the Race Relations Commissioner has defamed her,” said Human Rights Commission spokeswoman, Christine Ammunson. “The Human Rights Commission vehemently denies Ms Sloane’s allegations.” “We regularly comment on issues already in the public domain whether they be relating to […]

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Time to honour those who fought for the human rights of gay New Zealanders – Human Rights Commission

By   /  July 30, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Time to honour those who fought for the human rights of gay New Zealanders – Human Rights Commission

Thirty years since the Homosexual Law Reform Bill became law, the Human Rights Commission says it’s time to honour those who fought for the human rights of gay New Zealanders. “Our Government regularly honours New Zealanders who do extraordinary things: I think it’s time for our Government to honour New Zealanders who fought for the […]

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