Election Human Rights Priorities: Recognise the Right to a Safe Environment

(1) Adopt a rights-based approach to climate change policy at home and abroad, including by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to safe levels that are consistent with the full enjoyment of human rights and setting a binding emissions reduction target (2) Re-enter the Second Commitment Period of the Kyoto Protocol and return New Zealand’s emissions trading

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Election Human Rights Priorities: A Human Rights Savvy Parliament and More Independently Appointed Human Rights Commissioners

(1) Establish a Parliamentary Select Committee for Human Rights (2) Procedurally entrench the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (NZBORA) and Human Rights Act 1993 and provide for them to over-ride ordinary statutes (3) Establish a Human Rights Commissioner appointment process that involves the Opposition or Parliament, possibly as one responsibility of a Parliamentary

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Election Human Rights Priority: Include Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Bill of Rights

(1) Incorporate all rights enshrined in international human rights instruments to which New Zealand is a party, including economic, social and cultural rights, into domestic law, including NZBORA, to ensure these rights are enforceable in New Zealand courts (2) Develop and implement a national housing action plan that guarantees to all New Zealand citizens and

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Election Human Rights Priorities: Respect Refugee Convention

Repeal or amend the Immigration (Mass Arrivals) Amendment Act 2013 to ensure that it accords with international human rights obligations, in particular the Refugee Convention. Decline to cooperate in requests to transfer asylum seekers to detention centres in third countries Green Party Support fully. The Green Party voted against the Mass Arrivals Bill. We will honour New Zealand’s obligations to the Convention

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Election Human Rights Priorities: Address Child Poverty

Develop and implement in collaboration with NGOs a comprehensive action plan to ensure the right of every child in New Zealand to security, food, shelter, education and healthcare. Such a plan must include child poverty-related indicators and targets and the annual reporting to Parliament of progress towards the achievement of the designated targets.   PARTY

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Election Human Rights Priorities: More Accountable Spy Agencies

MORE ACCOUNTABLE SPY AGENCIES (1) Ensure that the GCSB is not authorised to spy on New Zealand citizens and permanent residents (2) Implement a comprehensive, high-level, independent inquiry into the role, functions, powers, internal compliance procedures and effectiveness of external oversight mechanisms of all NZ intelligence agencies, in particular the GCSB and NZSIS    

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