Posts Tagged ‘Human Rights Commission’

Abortion lobby group complains to Human Rights Commission Comments 0

Monday, October 8th, 2018
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Six women who have sought abortion care and lobby group The Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRANZ), have taken a complaint to the Human Rights Commission alleging abortion laws discriminate against pregnant people. “ALRANZ is joined by five individual complainants whose experiences illustrate how New Zealand’s current abortion laws discriminate against women and pregnant people, resulting Read more

Christian-Atheist lay preacher leads charge against Bibles in Schools. Comments 0

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
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The Secular Education Network (SEN) is launching a fresh challenge against Bible in Schools programmes. David Hines, spokesperson for SEN, has been described in the media as a”retired Journalist and lay preacher. An introduction to a 2012 YouTube video says Hines Was a Methodist minister for 10 years, from 1961. He resigned and became a Read more

Human Rights Commission looks to court on Bible in Schools Comments 0

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The Human Rights Commission and members of the Secular Education Network have applied to join court action against religion in state schools. A case is being taken by Jeff McClintock against Red Beach School. He laid a complaint with the commission several years ago after his daughter was put in a corner when she opted Read more

Muslim NZers stand alongside victims of Paris attacks Comments 2

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand have issued a joint statement with the NZ Human Rights Commission in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in France and Lebanon. “We stand alongside all innocent victims of terrorism in peace, solidarity and humanity,” said Hazim Arafeh, president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Read more

NZers urged to share the peace and welcome refugees Comments 0

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The Human Rights Commission says New Zealand can help its own citizens and also provide refuge to people escaping violence and war. “We can help our own people and we can also save some of the world’s most vulnerable people. It doesn’t have to be one or the other,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Read more

Dob in desecrators of Jewish graves Comments 0

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has described an attack on Jewish graves in Dunedin as “gutless, shameful and ignorant” and urged anyone with information on the offenders to contact Police. Constable Greg Marsden said two headstones had been hit with so much force that they ”have broken in half”. The third headstone had a Read more

NZ Human Rights Commission rejects religion-linked hate acts Comments 0

Friday, August 15th, 2014

New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission had joined religious leaders in rejecting hateful acts linked to religion in this country and overseas. “We mourn the tragic, heartbreaking loss of all lives in the conflict in Gaza and Israel: but we must honour their lives by standing up for peace at all costs,” said Chief Human Rights Read more

School restarts religious lessons after complaints Comments 0

Friday, March 21st, 2014

A group of Auckland primary school parents who took concerns about religious lessons to the Human Rights Commission are outraged Christian teaching will restart next term. At the start of the year, Roy Warren, whose 5-year-old son attends St Heliers School, originally complained to principal Craig McCarthny about the 30-minute sessions running during school time, Read more

Religious instruction in schools in spotlight again Comments 0

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Christian education in state schools is in the spotlight again after to parents laid a complaint with the Human Rights Commission about bible lessons at St Heliers primary school in Auckland New Zealand. A third parent is considering laying a complaint as well. The Education Act allows a school to close for up to 60 Read more

Divided beliefs over Bible in the classroom Comments 0

Friday, August 9th, 2013

One in three state primary and intermediate schools teaches religious instruction, according to a survey which has triggered debate over what children are being taught. Here, the chief of the Churches Education Commission, Simon Greening, and the survey’s author, David Hines, present their views: For Why should New Zealand primary schools continue to offer a Read more