Disarmament & Security Centre congratulates ICAN

Disarmament & Security Centre, Christchurch, 9 October 2017 - Congratulations to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which has won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017. The group, which originated in Australia, was awarded the Nobel in recognition of its key role in helping create the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons … Continue reading Disarmament & Security Centre congratulates ICAN

Carmel Williams: Human rights extend beyond the right to vote into social issues

This coming weekend we exercise our civil and political right to a fair and democratic election. Voting is fundamental to our understanding of democracy and human rights. And yet there are other human rights which have the equivalent status of civil and political rights, but they are less spoken about as rights in New Zealand. … Continue reading Carmel Williams: Human rights extend beyond the right to vote into social issues

Stuff: No Hit & Run raid inquiry despite dead girl’s parents’ demand

The Government won't start an inquiry into a raid by SAS soldiers in Afghanistan, despite the pleas from parents who say their girl was killed during the operation. Their daughter Fatima's death was revealed in the book Hit & Run, which said New Zealand special forces led a raid targeting insurgents who had killed a Kiwi soldier … Continue reading Stuff: No Hit & Run raid inquiry despite dead girl’s parents’ demand

LawTalk: Helping Muslim travellers deal with authorities

Our work is in this week’s LawTalk: A Law Foundation-backed project is helping ease concerns among New Zealand’s Muslim community about their treatment by security authorities. The Human Rights Foundation project has been prompted by complaints about the treatment of Muslims in airport security checks and in their interactions with the SIS in particular. They claim to have experienced unjustifiably excessive scrutiny and cultural insensitivity in their dealings with border officials. Human Rights Foundation chairperson Peter Hosking says the project team has compiled a dossier of anecdotes from New Zealand Muslims about their experiences with the authorities. Read more at LawTalk More  information  about  research funded  by  the  Foundation  can  be  found  here.

Our inconvenient truth: New Zealand’s climate change shame

  Spinoff By Paul Young | Guest writer August 18, 2017 Climate change is the defining challenge of our times. The Spinoff is devoting a week of coverage to the issue, its advocates, complexities, and solutions. Today, The Morgan Foundation’s Paul Young looks at the data and uncovers some dirty secrets about New Zealand’s emissions. … Continue reading Our inconvenient truth: New Zealand’s climate change shame

Tears as petition for Family Court inquiry handed over

Ninakaye Taanetinorau addresses politicians outside Parliament. Photo: Lynn Grieveson 17 AUG 2017 Shane Cowlishaw National Affairs Editor Shane Cowlishaw writes about topics including education, justice, social development, and immigration. Twitter: @scowlishaw Tears as petition for Family Court inquiry handed over A petition calling for an inquiry into the Family Court has made its way to … Continue reading Tears as petition for Family Court inquiry handed over