HRLA turns one!

The Association was founded on 26 June 2013, so celebrated its first anniversary a fortnight ago. This email therefore announces the Association's second Annual General Meeting (AGM) and calls for nominations for executive board members - as well as announcing an exciting fundraising event.

Annual General Meeting: Frances Joychild QC speaking

After a busy first year, the Association be celebrating its first anniversary at its AGM on 7 August 2013 at 1800. The venue is to be announced.

As well as the elections of the Association's next executive and any other business, the AGM will feature a speech from Auckland lawyer Frances Joychild QC.

Frances Joychild QC is one of New Zealand's leading human rights lawyers. She is a former Law Commissioner and legal adviser to the Human Rights Commission, and acted for the plaintiffs in Ministry of Health v Atkinson [2012] 3 NZLR 456, the case in where the Court of Appeal held that the government policy not to pay parents who cared for their adult disabled children.

Call for nominations

At the AGM we will be electing the Association's executive for 2012-2013. If you would like to nominate yourself or another person, please email your name and a short biography of no more than 100 words to chair@hrla.org.nz (mailto:chair@hrla.org.nz) on or before 24 July 2013.

Before submitting a nomination, please review the job descriptions for each role on the executive, which are available here. All roles are chosen by a simple election, which must be ratified by the Association's advisory council.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the Association and its future.

Proxy voting

If you wish to authorise another person to vote on your behalf at the AGM, a proxy voting form is available here. We will be posting an updated proxy voting form on our website two weeks before the AGM, once all nominations and motions have been received.

Other business

If you wish to add an item to the AGM's agenda, please email chair@hrla.org.nz (mailto:chair@hrla.org.nz) before 31 July 2013.

Fundraiser film: the Act of Killing

In conjunction with the International Film Festival, the HRLA is hosting a fundraising movie event on Sunday 4 August at 1pm at Event Cinemas Queen Street.

Part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, winner of the Berlin Film Festival Panorama Audience Award and winner of the Aung San Suu Kyi Award for Best Documentary Film at the Human Rights, Human Dignity Film Festival in Myanmar, as well as many others, The Act of Killing has been described as:

A true cinematic experiment, The Act of Killing explores a chapter of Indonesia's history in a way bound to stir debate—by enlisting a group of former killers, including Indonesian paramilitary leader Anwar Congo, to re-enact their lives in the style of the films they love. When the government of President Sukarno was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar and his cohorts joined in the mass murder of more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals. Now, Anwar and his team perform detailed re-enactments of their crimes with pride, holding numerous discussions about sets, costumes, and pyrotechnics. Their fixation on style rather than substance—despite the ghastly nature of the scenes—makes them mesmerising to watch. But as movie violence and real-life violence begin to overlap, Anwar's pride gradually gives way to regret. And we see a man overwhelmed by the horrific acts he has chosen to share with the world.

The massacre has been described by the Indonesian government as “justified”.

For more information on the film see http://theactofkilling.com/ or for more information on human rights abuses in Indonesia see http://www.hrw.org/asia/indonesia

Tickets are only $20.

To buy a ticket for Sunday 4 August at 1pm at Event Cinemas Queen Street, send your name and contact details to membership@hrla.org.nz (mailto:membership@hrla.org.nz) . Numbers are strictly limited so register your interest ASAP to avoid missing out!

Kind regards,

HRLA Executive Board