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CIEL: UN Committee Calls on Norway to Revise its Energy Policy, Noting Climate Impacts of Arctic Oil Extraction

Today, the UN human rights committee mandated to review states’ respect for and protection of women’s rights (CEDAW Committee*), expressed concerns about the climate impacts of oil and gas extraction in the Arctic and the adverse consequences for women’s rights. The committee noted that, given the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women, the Norwegian

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Newshub: Australia ‘criminal’ for refusing Manus Island refugees – Golriz Ghahraman

A Green party MP has labelled Australia as “criminal” for its handling of refugees trapped on Manus Island. “I started by calling [Australia] callous, but it’s criminal,” Green trade spokesperson and former refugee Golriz Ghahraman told The AM Show on Tuesday. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not yet accepted New Zealand’s offer to take

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OpenGlobalRights: Climate change talks must focus on the most vulnerable: the world’s children

Across the globe, more extreme weather and climate change are displacing the most vulnerable, including children. Yet not enough is being done to uphold their human rights. In November, countries will gather in Bonn, Germany for the international climate change negotiations. Since meeting last year, governments have been forced to shift their focus from analyzing

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NZ Herald: Teina Pora compensation to be increased for inflation: New Justice Minister Andrew Little

New Justice Minister Andrew Little has revealed in his first day on the job that Teina Pora’s $2.5m compensation for wrongful imprisonment will be increased to match inflation. Pora spent 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. The High Court ruled that Pora’s compensation should be inflation-adjusted, but the National Government

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Cameron Walker: A decade after Urewera the Terrorism Suppression Act remains a threat to civil liberties

The designation of national liberation groups like the PKK as terrorist organisations, and the scrapping of a planned Law Commission review mean the legislation could be abused again, writes Cameron Walker. The 10th anniversary of the so-called “Urewera raids”, which saw armed police descend on Māori, environmental activists and anarchists, has seen a numbers of important reflections on

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