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NZ Herald: Supreme Court upholds decision saying ban on prisoner voting inconsistent with Bill of Rights

Denying New Zealand’s prisoners the right to vote is inconsistent with the Bill of Rights, the country’s highest court has ruled. The Supreme Court released its judgment today upholding an earlier High Court decision saying the courts had jurisdiction to make a “declaration of inconsistency”. A majority of the five Supreme Court judges, comprising Chief

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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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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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Deborah Mannning: Māori may not be getting the same level of discretion as others when police choose to pursue a vehicle

The Human Rights Foundation’s Deborah Manning, who has advised families of people killed in police pursuits, says Māori may not be getting the same level of discretion as others when police choose to pursue a vehicle. The situation Police figures show Māori make up more than half of people warned or charged following police pursuits.

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NZ Herald: Fleeing driver in stolen car injured after evading Auckland police pursuit

It’s past time for a real rethink of the New Zealand police’s pursuits policy: An Auckland man driving a stolen car fled police at excessive speeds before crashing into a wall, injuring himself and seriously injuring a female passenger. Shortly after 3am on Wednesday, police spotted a stolen vehicle on Springs Road in East Tamaki

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Werewolf: Gordon Campbell on the continuing saga of the Chelsea Manning visit, and BTS

The National Party has played fast and loose with the facts during its campaign to deny an entry visa to the American LGBTQ activist Chelsea Manning. First, National’s immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse claimed “other countries” had refused Manning entry, because of her previous felony conviction for leaking classified documents. In fact, those “other countries” consisted

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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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