Newsroom: NZ is complacent on human rights

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In the wake of the Christchurch attack there have been reports of a rise in Islamophobic sentiment and comment. Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt tells Laura Walters now is the time to focus on the country’s shortcomings.

Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt barely had his feet under the desk when New Zealand changed forever.

In the lead-up to the Christchurch attack, Hunt had been discussing with his colleagues the issue of New Zealand’s complacency on human rights.

He decided to bide his time before going public with these thoughts, then 50 Muslims were killed by a white extremist on March 15.

Hunt said no one, including himself, anticipated “this calamity”, but there was a degree of complacency in New Zealand which troubled him.

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