Category: Human Rights Commission reform

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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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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Stuff: Justice denied – Human Rights Tribunal claim delays balloon to two years

“Beyond unacceptable” delays for Human Rights Tribunal claims have gotten worse, a year after a co-chairperson was appointed to help clear the backlog. Stuff revealed in February that Human Rights Review Tribunal chairman Rodger Haines had repeatedly complained to successive ministers that ballooning delays meant “access to justice is being denied to almost all”. Since 2016, he

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Human Rights Commissioner appointments now to involve Opposition parties

Over the last few months, we have urged Minister of Justice Andrew Little to make sure that the appointment of human rights commissioners is non-partisan by including opposition parties in the process. Now, the Minister has agreed to do so. In May, our chair, Peter Hosking wrote in Newsroom: Justice Minister Andrew Little has moved quickly on the report

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