NZ Lawyer: Barrister convicted for link to human trafficking

An Auckland barrister has been convicted for his role in the first human-trafficking conviction in New Zealand. Mohammed Idris Hanif was convicted of knowingly providing false and misleading information to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) for providing legal services in 2014 to Faroz Ali. He will be sentenced on 3 August. In 2016, Ali was convicted … Continue reading NZ Lawyer: Barrister convicted for link to human trafficking

NZ Herald: How NZDF gave minister wrong info on civilian deaths in Hit & Run raid

NZDF told its new Minister of Defence Ron Mark it believed "collateral damage would be minimal" when it undertook the controversial NZSAS raid in 2010. It was a striking statement after six years of denying or playing down the possibility of civilian casualties. Now NZDF appeared to be telling Mark that it was always possible … Continue reading NZ Herald: How NZDF gave minister wrong info on civilian deaths in Hit & Run raid

Newsroom: Lawyers failing children in the Family Court system: survey

A survey from a women and children's rights advocacy group highlights major problems with those appointed to represent children in the Family Court system. Teuila Fuatai reports.    Lawyers appointed to represent children entangled in Family Court disputes are under fire from a women and children’s rights advocacy group for lying and failing to tell the … Continue reading Newsroom: Lawyers failing children in the Family Court system: survey

Stuff: ANALYSIS: NZ lacks informed public debate on spying

  ANALYSIS: When the New Zealand Security intelligence Service was established more than 60 years ago, the main concern was Cold War operatives on New Zealand soil. Now the intelligence and security agencies are more worried about Russian state-sponsored cyber-hacking. In the rapidly changing landscape, both the watchdog tasked with independently overseeing the intelligence and security agencies, … Continue reading Stuff: ANALYSIS: NZ lacks informed public debate on spying

NZ Herald: Big Read: ‘No way’ NZSAS killed civilians during Hit & Run raid, NZDF promised Sir John Key

NZDF has admitted a "phraseology" error led it to telling former Prime Minister Sir John Key no civilians were killed in the controversial 2010 NZSAS raid. NZDF's now says it is possible there were civilian casualties - a big shift from its assurance in 2010 "there is no way that civilian casualties could have occurred" … Continue reading NZ Herald: Big Read: ‘No way’ NZSAS killed civilians during Hit & Run raid, NZDF promised Sir John Key

Stuff: Geneva human rights committee ‘shocked’ at NZ’s human rights report card

A UN human rights committee is shocked by New Zealand's record on child poverty, inadequate housing, the incarceration rate, and violence, abuse and bullying. New Zealand received a mixed reception from the UN Committee responsible for oversight of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) when it met in Geneva last month. … Continue reading Stuff: Geneva human rights committee ‘shocked’ at NZ’s human rights report card

RadioNZ: Māori 11 times more likely to face prison – report

A new report by the Ministry of Justice reveals Māori are eleven times more likely to face prison time once convicted. The report also found that between 2014 and 2017, Youth Court appearances for Māori increased by 23 percent, while the rate for non-Māori fell by 12 percent. Associate Justice Minister Aupito William Sio said … Continue reading RadioNZ: Māori 11 times more likely to face prison – report

Newsroom: Family Court judges’ comments ‘ludicrous’

Some Family Court judges stand accused of making inappropriate, 'idiotic' and 'ludicrous' comments towards women in domestic abuse cases, raising concerns they don't understand partner violence. Newsroom has learned of comments that have astounded some experts on domestic violence. One judge even implied a woman could not have been fully focused on doing her job as a … Continue reading Newsroom: Family Court judges’ comments ‘ludicrous’

HRLA: Event Announcement: Cultural Racism: Construction of a Scapegoat

The Human Rights Lawyers Association in conjunction with the Khadija Leadership Network is hosting a panel event on racism and human rights. Who is the other? In a world where nation-states are no longer sheltered, where mass migration, mass telecommunication, and mass liberalisation have punctured our once sacrosanct borders, who belongs, who does not, and, … Continue reading HRLA: Event Announcement: Cultural Racism: Construction of a Scapegoat