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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Brian Rudman: It’s only dirty politics when someone else does it

When is “borrowing” someone else’s property okay in the Prime Minister’s eyes? When, it seems, it’s carried out by a senior adviser in his office working in concert with National Party staff and activists. Since Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics bombshell blew National’s election campaign off course last week, John Key has been trying to brush aside the

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