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.
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.
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.
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...
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 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...
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.’
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.
Radio NZ National, Nine To Noon on Wednesday 27 June 2012
Catriona MacLennan spoke to Kathryn Ryan on the launch of HRLA and the important work the Association will be engaging in.
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.