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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Newshub: Five Eyes’ call to end internet encryption spooks New Zealand privacy advocates

The privacy of internet use is under threat, says internet protection agency InternetNZ, over reports the Five Eyes countries want to thwart end-to-end encryption. New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the US and the UK – members of the Five Eyes group of nations – met for a conference last week to discuss “grave threats” online and

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Stuff: Coerced sex work a significant problem in New Zealand

Young, isolated and controlled. There is very little that clearly defines someone trafficked into sex work in New Zealand beyond those basic characteristics. However, Dr Natalie Thorburn said the problem is bigger than anyone really knows. “We cling quite firmly to the notion of New Zealand being clean, green and non-corruptible,” Thorburn said. “That image is

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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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NZ Herald: Allegations of sexual contact between recruits and instructors at NZ Defence Force training centre

Serious accusations of sexual contact between instructors and recruits at NZ Defence Force’s Waiouru training centre have emerged. The office of Defence Minister Ron Mark has confirmed he has been provided a briefing on issues at The Army Depot, where NZ Army recruits go through basic training. NZ Defence Force issued a press release saying

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The Guardian: Mary Robinson launches new feminist fight against climate change

Women around the world who are leading the fight against climate damage are to be highlighted by Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and UN high commissioner, in the hopes of building a new global movement that will create “a feminist solution for climate change”. Perhaps more revolutionary still, the new initiative is light-hearted in tone,

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