UNHCR: Australia urged to ensure protection, assistance and solutions for refugees on Manus Island  

The following is a transcript of what was said by Nai Jit Lam, UNHCR’s Deputy Regional Representative in Canberra (on mission to Manus Island) at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, 21st November 2017. Nai Jit Lam spoke to the briefing by phone.  Background: In October, UNHCR appealed to Australia to … Continue reading UNHCR: Australia urged to ensure protection, assistance and solutions for refugees on Manus Island  

We have a new government. Now what for the Foundation?

Another general election has been and gone, with a new government formed to take us through the next three years. Ced Simpson has compiled the following issues that we need to ensure are minimal steps for the new government to take in order to give effect to our international human rights obligations: full and effective incorporation of … Continue reading We have a new government. Now what for the Foundation?

Introducing our Muslim Community Rights Project

The HRF is currently carrying out a project to address concerns among New Zealand’s Muslim community about the treatment that community members frequently receive from security authorities and customs officers when entering the country. Funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation, the project is focussed on the treatment of Muslim travellers during airport security checks … Continue reading Introducing our Muslim Community Rights Project

Tracey Barnett: Australia’s Manus media machine hits Kiwi shores

Hold tight, New Zealand. Australia's Peter Dutton just flashed his Darth Vader snarl on Kiwi shores – and it may just backfire on him. If our prime minister moves ahead with our offer to take 150 refugees from Manus and Nauru by dealing directly with PNG, Dutton warned thinly, we'd have to "think about our … Continue reading Tracey Barnett: Australia’s Manus media machine hits Kiwi shores

CIEL: UN Committee Calls on Norway to Revise its Energy Policy, Noting Climate Impacts of Arctic Oil Extraction

Today, the UN human rights committee mandated to review states’ respect for and protection of women’s rights (CEDAW Committee*), expressed concerns about the climate impacts of oil and gas extraction in the Arctic and the adverse consequences for women’s rights. The committee noted that, given the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women, the Norwegian … Continue reading CIEL: UN Committee Calls on Norway to Revise its Energy Policy, Noting Climate Impacts of Arctic Oil Extraction

NZ Herald: Tracey Barnett: NZ can show what compassion looks like

Wait before you celebrate our new good look on the world stage with our humanitarian offer to take 150 of Australia's refugees. Because you have to ask this first. For four years, what has New Zealand said about Australia literally selling human beings around our region, to lock them way, indefinitely, in poorer nations who … Continue reading NZ Herald: Tracey Barnett: NZ can show what compassion looks like

Newshub: Australia ‘criminal’ for refusing Manus Island refugees – Golriz Ghahraman

A Green party MP has labelled Australia as "criminal" for its handling of refugees trapped on Manus Island. "I started by calling [Australia] callous, but it's criminal," Green trade spokesperson and former refugee Golriz Ghahraman told The AM Show on Tuesday. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not yet accepted New Zealand's offer to take … Continue reading Newshub: Australia ‘criminal’ for refusing Manus Island refugees – Golriz Ghahraman

NZ Herald: Government to talk to NZDF about Hit & Run allegations

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her Government will look further into allegations about SAS actions in Afghanistan. Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party all called for an inquiry into the allegations, outlined in the book Hit & Run, by journalists Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson. Hit & Run claims six civilians were killed … Continue reading NZ Herald: Government to talk to NZDF about Hit & Run allegations