Werewolf: Gordon Campbell on this week’s damning report into the SIS/GCSB’s tacit compliance with torture

Torture is a crime under international law. New Zealand has signed (a) the UN convention against torture and (b) formal agreements about how armed conflict should be conducted. That’s the legal backdrop to the fascinating report released this week by the SIS Inspector-General. The report investigates the role of New Zealand’s security services in the CIA’s illegal

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NZ Herald: New inquiry details our spies’ role in the War on Terror – missile strikes, collateral damage and links to the CIA torture scandal

Our spies fed questions to the Central Intelligence Agency which were put to someone taken in the illegal rendition and torture programme operated by the United States’ agency, a new inquiry has found. At the time the questions were posed, the NZ Security Intelligence Service “was not aware that detainee interrogations involved torture”, according to

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Stuff: Felix Donnelly dies: Renegade priest was also broadcaster, novelist, and Youthline founder

A priest who challenged the views of his Catholic peers, founded Youthline and hosted talkback radio has died. Felix Donnelly was 89 and died last week. Death notices in newspapers described the academic and social worker as a loved brother and “treasured uncle”. Donnelly backed the 1980s Homosexual Law Reform Bill, citing concerns about young people who committed suicide

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RNZ: World Vision petition demands New Zealand’s ‘racist’ refugee policies change

Politicians have been told New Zealand’s “racist” refugee policy must change towards Middle Eastern and African people. The current policy brought in by National a decade ago means refugees from those areas are only allowed to resettle here if they already have family living in the country. World Vision presented a petition to the Education and Workforce

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Dr Claire Charteris: Ihumātao: NZ breaching human rights obligations

The UN has asked the Government to stop the development of Ihumātao. Until then, NZ is in breach of its international human rights responsibilties.  Friday was the UN-designated international day of Indigenous Peoples. However, there is no cause for celebration on Ihumātao. In March this year, the leading UN human rights watchdogs on Indigenous peoples’ rights and housing

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Te Ao: Large police influx divides protesters at Ihumātao

Police have again increased their presence at Ihumātao, dividing those who have occupied the land in peaceful protest from their frontline. According to sources on the ground, police began forming rank around homes and separated the groups from each other, preventing people and supplies from passing. Local resident and beneficiary of Makaurau Marae, Haki Wilson says the police

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