News

Event: Human Rights, conflict and dancing in Colombia - 7 June 2017

Event: Human Rights, conflict and dancing in Colombia - 7 June 2017

The Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Law Society's Women in Law Committee is hosting Wellington lawyer, Sarah Cates, who will share her professional and personal insights and reflections following her sabbatical working in human rights in Colombia in the framework of the armed conflict.  When? Wednesday, 7 June 2017 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Russell McVeagh, Level 24, Vodafone Building, 157 Lambton Quay, Wellington CBD. RSVP your attendance ASAP by 5 June 2017 as seats are limited: WLCsarahcates@gmail.com

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.

Public Lecture: "Equality Deferred: Human Rights Law in Canada" by Prof. Dominique Clément"

Public Lecture: "Equality Deferred: Human Rights Law in Canada" by Prof. Dominique Clément"

Professor Clément Clément asks is human rights transformative? Are we more equal today? Clément explores the historical origins of human rights law, politics and activism in Canada. He focuses on sex discrimination and recent controversial cases that have contributed to a backlash that has led to several regressive legal reforms. 

Asylum-Seekers: The New Zealand Experience

Asylum-Seekers: The New Zealand Experience

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

Enforcing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities across Asia-Pacific

Enforcing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities across Asia-Pacific

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.

Grant Illingworth QC speech: "The Right to Leave New Zealand"

Grant Illingworth QC speech: "The Right to Leave New Zealand"

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.