Twenty Seconds on NZ’s UPR – the right to a remedy for judicial breach of the NZBORA

Right to a remedy During New Zealand’s UPR in 2009, the (Government’s) National Report stated, in relation to the right to a remedy for human rights violations, that “individuals who consider that any of their rights under the NZBORA have been infringed can bring an action against the Government. A number of remedies are available,

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Twenty Seconds on NZ’s UPR – Constitutional Supremacy of Human Rights Legislation

  The NZ Bill of Rights Act ORA can be subordinated to an ordinary statute. Parliament has at times exercised its supremacy to override NZBORA, contrary to its international obligations. For example, the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) was passed under urgency, and contained a clause preventing review of the subject matter

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TWENTY SECONDS ON NZ’S UPR – Economic, Social and Social Rights

Economic, social and cultural rights and civil and political rights omitted from the NZBORA Despite recommendations from the CESCR[1] and the first UPR,[2] New Zealand has not yet formally incorporated all economic, social and cultural rights into the domestic framework. It argues that these rights are already protected by individual statutes. There are major advantages

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Twenty Seconds on Police General Arming

Greg O’Connor from the Police Association loses no opportunity to promote general arming of the Police (NZ Herald, 8 October) but a firearm would not have prevented last week’s stabbing of a constable near the Savage Memorial. The Police themselves say there was no indication the offender would become violent, that he “certainly wasn’t aggressive

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Media release: Human Rights Foundation calls for review of Family Court processes for protecting children and women

The Human Rights Foundation is calling for a review, involving all parties, of the Family Court processes for protecting children and women. HRF Chair Peter Hosking says today’s Newsroom report is another wake-up call for the authorities. “HRF lawyers practicing in the Family Court report similar incidents”, he says. “The Family Court has failed to

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