We call for the advancement of human rights by making submissions, reporting internationally, writing open letters, and publishing discussion papers.
SUBMISSIONS ON LEGISLATION
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.
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...
On 1 November 2013, the HRLA filed a submission with the Justice and Electoral Committee (“the Committee”) opposing the Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill. The Bill empowers the High Court in its civil jurisdiction to issue a public protection order to detain a person...
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.
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
The Aotearoa Human Rights Lawyers Association welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on New Zealand’s draft Eighth Periodic Report on the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
The Aotearoa Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) has made submissions to the Ministry of Social Development on its draft Fifth Periodic Report for New Zealand under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC).
The Government recently released a draft report on NZ’s performance under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) for public comment. The ICCPR covers rights like freedom of religion, speech and assembly, the right to a fair trial and electoral rights.
The HRLA worked with a coalition of over 20 New Zealand non-governmental and civil society organisations to prepare a report to New Zealand's second Universal Periodic Review (UPR), coordinated by the Human Rights Foundation.
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 Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) has written to the Prime Minister in respect of the refugee crisis that is rapidly unfolding in Europe, and about what we believe human rights should mean for New Zealand’s annual refugee quota policy.
The Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association (the HRLA) has written to Minister Michael Woodhouse in respect of concerns we hold about the Health and Safety Reform Bill (the Bill), which is due to have its final reading in Parliament today.
Yesterday, 16 April 2015, the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) sent an open letter to the New Zealand Government. The HRLA urges the New Zealand Government to ensure that the NZDF’s military contribution to conflict in Iraq focuses on the protection and promotion of human rights
Attorney Rodolfo R. Felicio, a member of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers, was gunned down while working on a land dispute in Rizal, east of Manila. Two caretakers of the disputed land were also injured in the attack.
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.’
JOIN OUR ADVOCACY TEAM
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 upcoming bills before Parliament.
If you are interested in assisting, please send an email to email@example.com 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.