Twenty Seconds on NZ’s Human Rights Stocktake (UPR) by the United Nations – a National Human Rights Action Plan

In the 2009 human rights stocktake, New Zealand accepted in part the recommendation by South Africa to “consider adopting its National Plan of Action for Human Rights“, stating that “it considers that the most suitable approach is for government departments to consider the appropriateness of implementing the Plan’s priorities for action as part of normal

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Navi Pillay

Twenty Seconds on a 20-20 human rights vision for International Human Rights Day (10 December) from Navi Pillay: A 20-20 Human Rights Vision Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2013 Twenty years ago, a historic document was adopted in Vienna. It crystallized the principle

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Twenty Seconds on Appointment of Human Rights Commissioners

Appointment of Human Rights Commissioners Human Rights Commissioners are currently appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice. Recent appointments have been controversial, undermining both the ability of these Commissioners to fulfull their responsibilities and the credibility of the Commission itself. The appointment process for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) like

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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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