WE ARE A NON-PARTISAN INDEPENDENT GROUP OF LAWYERS, ACADEMICS AND LAW STUDENTS DEDICATED TO THE STUDY AND ADVANCEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS.
Who is the other? In a world where nation-states are no longer sheltered, where mass migration, mass telecommunication, and mass liberalisation have punctured our once sacrosanct borders, who belongs, who does not, and, perhaps more importantly, who decides?
The HRLA will be hosting its AGM to elect a new executive board on 27 March 2018. This will be hosted in Auckland. This will be immediately preceded by an SGM.
On 13 September 2017, the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association and Privacy International sent letters to the Prime Minister and Inspector-General regarding the transparency of New Zealand sharing intelligence with other nations.'
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
"If you're not at the table, you're on the menu: The relationship between power, policy, environment, and the inclusiveness of growth" is the title of Chris Mahony's Fabian Society lecture March 27th, 2017 6:30 PM at the Owen Glenn Building, University of Auckland. Get along!
Our AGM is four weeks away, and we're calling for nominations for our 2017 Executive Board. The AGM will be held in Wellington or Auckland (TBC) on 24 March 2017 at 6.00 pm.
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.