Peter Hosking: Drop the politics from human rights

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Our Chair Peter Hosking writes on Newsroom today:

Justice Minister Andrew Little has moved quickly on the report by retired Judge Coral Shaw into the Human Rights Commission’s handling of sexual harassment complaints – making the appointment of new commissioners “a matter of priority”.

But it is important he, and Parliament, get these important appointments right and we should be looking to the best practices worldwide to find and endorse non-political and independent people.

The terms of three of the four commissioners have expired or are about to and the review recommended the recruitment process for any new appointments be commenced “without undue delay”.

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