Advocacy

Media Release: Public Health and Disability Amendment Act (No 2) is discriminatory

Media Release: Public Health and Disability Amendment Act (No 2) is discriminatory

The HRLA considers that the Public Health and Disability Amendment Act (No 2) is discriminatory and it supports repeal of the legislation. The Act raises important human rights and constitutional issues in its discrimination against parents and spouses of disabled persons.

Media Release: NZ Government must act to protect asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island

Media Release: NZ Government must act to protect asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island

The Aoteoroa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association strongly supports the recent letter by the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights that urges the Prime Minister and the Minister for Immigration to take action and follow up on the Government's earlier offer to resettle asylum seekers presently on Nauru and Manus Island. 

HRLA SUBMISSION ON THE MARITIME CRIMES AMENDMENT BILL

HRLA SUBMISSION ON THE MARITIME CRIMES AMENDMENT BILL

The HRLA has submitted to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee opposing the passage of the Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill.  When peaceful protest and activism are under threat, so too are human rights and civil liberties.  It is in this vein that the HRLA opposes the Bill's progression in its current form, with article 20 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and articles 21 and 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in issue.

Happy World Food Day?

Happy World Food Day?

READ THE DISCUSSION PAPER HERE

We all love to eat, but make sure that as you celebrate World Food Day today you spare a thought today for those who don’t have enough to eat.

‘Across the world 842 million people still suffer from chronic malnutrition, including a growing number in the developed world’, said HRLA chairperson Edward Miller, ‘and the latest New Zealand food security study reported that less than 6 in 10 NZ households are food secure.’

Media release: Marine Legislation Bill strips the New Zealand public’s right to know about exploratory offshore oil drilling

Media release: Marine Legislation Bill strips the New Zealand public’s right to know about exploratory offshore oil drilling

READ FULL SUBMISSION HERE

Chairperson of the Aotearoa Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) Edward Miller has expressed concerns about the process and human rights implications of the Marine Legislation Bill, which was amended yesterday and now heads toward its third reading.

HRLA submission on Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

HRLA submission on Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

READ FULL SUBMISSION HERE

The HRLA reminds the Government that it is one of very few states that have not yet taken the step of requiring foreign vessels to reflag, and therefore New Zealand has already fallen behind the times. In light of the abuses that have already taken place in New Zealand waters, the Association encourages the Government to take fast and decisive action to prevent any further harm

Bills for Submission

One of HRLA’s core objectives is to ensure that human rights are kept at the forefront of legislative and governmental decision-making. A practical way that we can do this is to make submissions on new Bills where human rights issues are implicated. Currently, the Advocacy Team of HRLA is seeking enthusiastic and capable individuals to assist in the research and drafting of submissions by HRLA on the bills below.

If you are interested in assisting with any or all of these projects please send an email to advocacy@hrla.org.nz and we will be in touch. Also, keep an eye out on our website and in our newsletters for more opportunities to assist with interesting advocacy opportunities.