The Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) has written to the Prime Minister in respect of the refugee crisis that is rapidly unfolding in Europe, and about what we believe human rights should mean for New Zealand’s annual refugee quota policy.
Now the Human Rights Lawyers Association and the Human Rights Foundation have weighed in, both writing to Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse. Lawyers Andrew Britton and David Tong, of the HRLA, criticised how changes...
The Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association (the HRLA) has written to Minister Michael Woodhouse in respect of concerns we hold about the Health and Safety Reform Bill (the Bill), which is due to have its final reading in Parliament today.
Our friends in New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice have a Continuing Legal Education event coming up:
It has been five years since the Immigration Act was passed by the New Zealand Parliament. This symposium provides an opportunity for legal practitioners, decision and policy-makers, civil society organisations and community members to review how it operates in practice, whether it meets the needs of claimants and New Zealand’s obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention
Our friends in New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice have a public presentation and discussion by International Disability Rights Experts Professor Michael Perlin & Attorney Yoshikazu Ikehara coming up.
“The CRPD”, they argue, “clearly establishes, through hard law, the international human and legal rights of persons with disabilities. In order for this Convention to be more than a mere paper victory, however, it must be enforced.
Yesterday, 16 April 2015, the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) sent an open letter to the New Zealand Government. The HRLA urges the New Zealand Government to ensure that the NZDF’s military contribution to conflict in Iraq focuses on the protection and promotion of human rights
A group of lawyers says the Crown shouldn't be in charge of funding the Waitangi Tribunal. The Human Rights Lawyers Association complained of what it called a power imbalance between the Crown and Māori groups.The lawyers said there was an inherent tension because the Crown must contribute funds to Māori in order to prosecute claims against the Crown.
The Aotearoa Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) has made submissions to the Ministry of Social Development on its draft Fifth Periodic Report for New Zealand under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC).
The Government recently released a draft report on NZ’s performance under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) for public comment. The ICCPR covers rights like freedom of religion, speech and assembly, the right to a fair trial and electoral rights.
Under s 18(3) of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 everyone has the right to leave New Zealand. By virtue of section 5 of BORA, that right may be subject to restrictions only if the limitations are prescribed by law and are demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. Once a New Zealand citizen or resident has exercised her democratic right to leave New Zealand, it would seem obvious that she should be able to travel where she pleases without interference from our government. The problem with all this, however, is that:
- to be able to leave New Zealand and travel overseas, our hypothetical citizen needs a passport, or at least some form of travel document; and
- s 18 of BORA can be overridden by ordinary legislation enacted under urgency, via a simple majority in a unicameral legislature, without necessarily having full regard to what can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill will dramatically erode human rights and civil liberties if passed in its current form, said the Human Rights Lawyer’s Association Aotearoa New Zealand (HRLA). The HRLA made a written submission to the...
Thank you to all those who came to our September political panel and annual general meeting. We would like to congratulate our newly elected executive board, and in particular the new board members elected Bryce Lyall, Rebecca Thomson, and Rosa Polaschek. You can learn more about our leadership and read about our board members here.
We are very pleased to announce that Chester Borrows of the New Zealand National Party will be attending Thursday's political debate.
From 6.30 pm on Thursday 4 September 2014, the Human Rights Lawyers Association Aotearoa New Zealand will hold a political panel discussion followed by the Association's annual general meeting. This will take place at the University of Auckland. The precise venue will be confirmed shortly.
The subject of the panel discussion is New Zealand’s key human rights priorities for the next three years
The Association's 2014 AGM is one month away. We are hosting a political panel discussion about New Zealand's key human rights priorities for the next three years.
- Date: 4 September 2014
- Time: 7:00 pm
- Location: The University of Auckland
There will be time to mix and mingle from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, then approximately one hour of panel discussion, and then a brief annual general meeting.
The event is open to the public, though only Association members are entitled to vote. Proxy voting forms will be available in advance of the meeting.
We will shortly be calling for nominations for the 2014-2015 executive board. If you are interested in joining the executive or wish to raise an agenda item for the AGM, please email the Co-Chairs.
Look forward to seeing you on 4 September!