Peter Hosking: Drop the politics from human rights

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 … Continue reading Peter Hosking: Drop the politics from human rights

NZ Herald: Exclusive: Our spies disarmed by legal blunder amid ‘high threat operations’ against terrorists

A law-making bungle deprived our spies of a key weapon against terrorism in the wake of classified briefings warning of "an increasingly complex and escalating threat environment" in New Zealand. NZ Security Intelligence Service documents revealed the blunder left our spies unable to use video surveillance tools to watch terrorism suspects in their cars, homes … Continue reading NZ Herald: Exclusive: Our spies disarmed by legal blunder amid ‘high threat operations’ against terrorists

NZ Herald: How NZDF gave minister wrong info on civilian deaths in Hit & Run raid

NZDF told its new Minister of Defence Ron Mark it believed "collateral damage would be minimal" when it undertook the controversial NZSAS raid in 2010. It was a striking statement after six years of denying or playing down the possibility of civilian casualties. Now NZDF appeared to be telling Mark that it was always possible … Continue reading NZ Herald: How NZDF gave minister wrong info on civilian deaths in Hit & Run raid

Stuff: ANALYSIS: NZ lacks informed public debate on spying

  ANALYSIS: When the New Zealand Security intelligence Service was established more than 60 years ago, the main concern was Cold War operatives on New Zealand soil. Now the intelligence and security agencies are more worried about Russian state-sponsored cyber-hacking. In the rapidly changing landscape, both the watchdog tasked with independently overseeing the intelligence and security agencies, … Continue reading Stuff: ANALYSIS: NZ lacks informed public debate on spying

NZ Herald: Big Read: ‘No way’ NZSAS killed civilians during Hit & Run raid, NZDF promised Sir John Key

NZDF has admitted a "phraseology" error led it to telling former Prime Minister Sir John Key no civilians were killed in the controversial 2010 NZSAS raid. NZDF's now says it is possible there were civilian casualties - a big shift from its assurance in 2010 "there is no way that civilian casualties could have occurred" … Continue reading NZ Herald: Big Read: ‘No way’ NZSAS killed civilians during Hit & Run raid, NZDF promised Sir John Key

Stuff: Geneva human rights committee ‘shocked’ at NZ’s human rights report card

A UN human rights committee is shocked by New Zealand's record on child poverty, inadequate housing, the incarceration rate, and violence, abuse and bullying. New Zealand received a mixed reception from the UN Committee responsible for oversight of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) when it met in Geneva last month. … Continue reading Stuff: Geneva human rights committee ‘shocked’ at NZ’s human rights report card

US coalition’s bombing of Syria is illegal at international law and counterproductive

Green MP and lawyer Golriz Ghahraman writes: The campaign launched by the US with France and UK is a breach of international law. These bombs will kill and maim more people, bringing irrevocable suffering to an already traumatised people, writes Green MP Golriz Ghahraman The harrowing reality of Syria’s war, with chemical weapons, a trapped … Continue reading US coalition’s bombing of Syria is illegal at international law and counterproductive

Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup: The Hit & Run inquiry opens up a can of worms

New Zealand’s military conduct in its longest running war ever – in Afghanistan – is finally getting an official government inquiry. This has the real potential to open up a can of worms. So far, the announcement of the Government’s inquiry into Operation Burnham has been met with a great diversity of reactions. Nicky Hager … Continue reading Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup: The Hit & Run inquiry opens up a can of worms