Category: News and Views

UNHCR: Medical evacuations are essential to maintain basic human decency

Some lessons are learned too late. For refugee Hamid Khazaei, who died of sepsis contracted on Manus Island, belated reforms can no longer help. Reflecting on his death, the Queensland State Coroner earlier this year could not have been clearer in his findings. That bureaucrats and politicians should never be allowed to override a clinical

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Newsroom: Damon Salesa: Pākehā are Pacific Island people too

Associate Professor Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa is the University of Auckland’s first Pro Vice Chancellor Pacific. Of Samoan-Pālagi descent, Salesa has become a leading author and historian of Pacific studies and race relations. He is also the first person of Pacific Island descent to become a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University. In an interview with Newsroom, Salesa

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NZ Herald: NZ Defence Force claims 105 errors in Hit & Run including false report of Taliban leader’s death

The Defence Force claims journalists Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson made 105 errors in their book Hit & Run – including reports of the death of a Taliban leader who is still alive and the destruction of a building which hadn’t been built at the time of the controversial NZ Special Air Service raid. In a newly

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Newsroom: Prison transfer sparks human rights row

Video footage shows notorious prison ‘bush lawyer’ Arthur Taylor being forcibly taken while unconscious from Auckland to Waikeria Prison – but maltreatment is strongly denied by Corrections. Arthur Taylor, his lawyer Sue Earl, Otago University former Dean of Law Mark Henaghan, and advocate Hazel Heal want Corrections to release the footage to the public. Henaghan and Heal

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Stuff: Massive gender survey shows where women dip out of leadership

A massive survey on workplace gender has been released, aimed at giving companies better insights into their female talent base. Champions for Change, a business group which champions diversity, surveyed more than 80,000 employees in 29 organisations, including some of New Zealand’s largest companies. … This year’s survey confirmed women were under-represented in senior management roles, tailing off from general management level. Women and men were

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Stuff: Search for a Race Relations Commissioner on hold as applicant sues Minister of Justice

Appointing a Kiwi Race Relations Commissioner is on hold while an international human rights lawyer sues the Minister of Justice over the selection process. Colin Henry, a Jamaican-born Aucklander, claims the process was unlawful. The former commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy, left in June, after a damning Ministerial review into a sexual harassment scandal, which identified serious “toxic”

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Newsroom: Abortion case headed for Human Rights Tribunal

Six women who have sought abortion care and the Abortion Law Reform Association have taken a complaint to the Human Rights Commission alleging abortion laws discriminate against women and pregnant people. ALRANZ’s complaint to the commission on behalf of the women alleges “people who seek abortion care receive different and demonstrably worse treatment than other people seeking health care”,

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Hon Andrew Little: New appointments to the Human Rights Commission

Distinguished human rights advocate and lawyer Professor Paul Hunt has been appointed as Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Little also announced the appointment of Dr Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo as Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner. Professor Hunt joins the Human Rights Commission from Essex University in Britain, but had previously served

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