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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.

Radio New Zealand covers our International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights submission

Radio New Zealand covers our International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights submission

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.

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 on Radio NZ: Iwi need to know about oil drilling law change - lawyer

HRLA on Radio NZ: Iwi need to know about oil drilling law change - lawyer

Iwi need to know about oil drilling law change - lawyer

A human rights lawyer is calling on iwi to be alert to proposed changes to the legislation covering the Exclusive Economic Zone - the area of sea from 12 to 200 nautical miles offshore.

Press release: Launch of Human Rights Lawyers Association

Press release: Launch of Human Rights Lawyers Association

New Zealanders pride themselves on striving to be a fair, humane and just society, and taking part in international efforts to ensure those same values across the world. Currently, New Zealand is a party to seven core international human rights treaties of the United Nations and has implemented various domestic laws in order to give the rights contained in these instruments explicit legal expression and protection.