Posts Tagged ‘Human Rights Commission’

Israel-Hamas war: NZ Human Rights Commission urges reporting of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism

Monday, October 30th, 2023

New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission has urged people to report any instances of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism or other discrimination as the conflict rages between Israel and Hamas. It comes after reports of disorder at Auckland War Memorial Museum when a small number of Palestinian sympathisers gathering to rally against the building being lit up in Israeli Read more

Human Rights Commission gives NZ mixed report card on indigenous rights at United Nations

Thursday, July 27th, 2023

The Human Rights Commission has filed a mixed report card to the United Nations on New Zealand’s commitment to indigenous rights. Addressing a UN expert group in Geneva the commission’s Kaitahutahu Rangatahi, Waimihia Maniapoto-Love said there have been periods of good progress towards tino rangatiratanga alongside periods of inactivity. The Government, the National Iwi Chairs Read more

Disabled workers experience high rates of bullying and harassment

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

Disabled workers are disproportionately affected by bullying and harassment in the workplace, according to research by the Human Rights Commission. The research published in Experiences of Workplace Bullying and Harassment in Aotearoa New Zealand showed 61% of disabled workers had been racially harassed in the previous five years, compared to 37% of non-disabled workers. Nearly Read more

Human Rights Commission gets tough on sleeping rough

Thursday, October 20th, 2022
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Whole families in Manurewa are sleeping rough in laundromats. People are waiting for years for social housing. Successive governments have failed to address the growing housing crisis. Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt admits in the past the Commission has failed to hold successive governments accountable for their housing failures. Not anymore though. The Commission is Read more

Abortion lobby group complains to Human Rights Commission

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.

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

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

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

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

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