Posts Tagged ‘Religious Discrimination’

Anti-Semitism on rise in New Zealand

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Anti-Semitism is increasing in New Zealand and those responsible need to better understand the implications of their actions, a Jewish leader says. New Zealand Jewish Council president Stephen Goodman said hate speech towards Jews was particularly prevalent on social media. “A lot of anti-Semitism comes out of ignorance and thinking this is a fashionable thing to do,” Read more

No scarf, job seeker told, but jeweller says it was an error

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

A Muslim woman’s employment hopes were dashed when a prospective manager told her not to bother applying for a jewellery store job because of her headscarf. The second such incident within nine months at a store run by James Pascoe Group has led to its head office issuing a stern warning to staff that discrimination, Read more

Religious NZers more tolerant of Muslims

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Results from a research project in New Zealand suggest that, in that country, communities of religious non-Muslims are a key resource for bridging the Muslim acceptance gap. The researchers were interested in the drivers of prejudice and tolerance towards Muslims, says Associate Professor Sibley, a member of the research team. “New Zealand is an incredibly diverse, Read more

Samoa a Christian country – PM calls for constitution review

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Samoa’s ruling party is considering constitutional amendments so Christian principles, values, culture and traditions are legally recognised. This after the office of the prime minster has been advised that Islamic extremists could cause future instability. Muslims accounted for 0.03 percent of the population at the 2001 census. At present there is a small muslim population in Read more

Eight seminarians arrested in West Papua

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Police in West Papua arrested eight seminarians, six Franciscans and two Augustinians, who were participating in a peaceful rally in front of Abepura‘s Good Shepherd Catholic Church on 8 October. They were released after being held and interrogated for 90 minutes. The demonstrators were calling on Indonesian President Joko Widodo to investigate the unresolved December Read more

Dismissed teacher claims discrimination

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Sandra Marx was dismissed by Southern Cross Campus in May 2013 for serious misconduct, and has filed for unjustified dismissal and bullying with the Employment Relations Authority. She is claiming that the dismissal is a result of discrimination. When a family member of Ms Marx’s died, she alleges the school did not offer her the Read more

Muslims facing many challenges in NZ

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

A racist rant on a Lower Hutt bus last week, captured on a video, highlights the some of the challenges faced by Muslims in New Zealand. The incident took place on a Valley Flyer bus travelling between Petone and Naenae last Wednesday morning. Another challenge is the reluctance of employers to hire them are among Read more

Minority faiths face discrimination in workplace

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Some employees who belong to minority faiths face discrimination because of their beliefs. Employers find it okay to employ Buddhists and Hindus but are wary of hiring Muslims, an AUT study has found. Indian Christians in the research faced the least barriers, and acknowledged the benefits derived from having westernised names, a Western dress sense Read more

ERA refuses to hear teacher’s claim he’s sacked for being an atheist

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has declined to hear teacher’s claim that he lost his job because he is an atheist. A former art teacher at Tamaki College, Christopher Scott Roy claims he was constructively dismissed because he is an atheist, and the school saw Christianity as “a core responsibility to which he was indifferent”. Read more

Brunei moves to introduce national Sharia code

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Sultan of Brunei says his country will begin enforcing a tough Islamic penal code in six months’ time. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said authorities had been considering the new Sharia Penal Code for years and it will be enforced in ‘phases’. Punishments under the Hudud code may include stoning for adultery, amputation for theft and Read more