Posts Tagged ‘Joris de Bres’

One third of Maori children in poverty

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Maori children are being denied their basic human rights, Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres said. The Maori Affairs Select Committee is holding an inquiry into the wellbeing of Maori children. Mr de Bres this morning told the committee Maori children had basic rights to be free from discrimination, for their language and culture to Read more

Human Rights Commission opposes asylum seekers law changes

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The Human Rights Commission are opposing a proposed new law making it mandatory to detain asylum seekers as a way to deter “mass arrivals” and people-smugglers, saying it’s discriminatory. New Zealand’s race relations commissioner Joris de Bres told MPs that detaining asylum seekers under the Immigration Amendment Bill would unfairly prosecute them and breach their Read more

NZ media has a problem with race relations coverage says Commissioner

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says the New Zealand media has a problem with the way it covers race relations issues. He was speaking about the recent CloseUp debate between John Ansell and Hone Harawira. Mr de Bres says it is typical of New Zealand media to give plenty of coverage to controversial figures Read more

Bid to scrap race relations office

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Moves are afoot to abolish the title of race relations commissioner, which minority groups and critics say could downgrade the position’s importance.

An amendment to the Human Rights Act introduced to Parliament late last year would abolish the title, although the duties would still be done by a human rights commissioner.

The race relations commissioner has been part of the Human Rights Commission since 2002. Current Commissioner Joris de Bres, whose term ends in September, says he will oppose the change when submissions are called for.

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