Tag: human rights

Of Duties and Obligations

By Margaret Bedggood The emphasis in this blog has previously been on human rights rather than on the duties which are the inevitable and natural corollary of rights. Indeed, when human rights advocates speak of “human rights” they are using shorthand for “human rights and duties in a web of community and concern”. “Human rights”

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Equality. The Core Value of the Human Rights Project.

Margaret Bedggood Monday this week, 8 March, was International Women’s Day, an important date in the human rights calendar. As women’s groups in Aotearoa New Zealand have long been active and well versed in deploying human rights arguments,  I am taking this opportunity to write about the idea and importance of ‘equality’ in general and the

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Poverty: a human rights challenge

Margaret Bedggood In a recent article in The New Zealand Herald, Simon Wilson called attention yet again to the evils of poverty here, following the Salvation Army’s report, the Welfare Expert Advisory Group report, and the years of reports and calls for action from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and other concerned NGOs and individual people.

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SIGN NOW: Amnesty International petition for urgent inquiry into prison system

TAKE ACTION NOW From Amnesty International New Zealand: Warning: This petition contains discussions of distressing mental health experiences and violence Imagine being held alone in a cell for months on end with limited human contact; hosed with pepper spray in a confined space by prison officers in full riot gear despite suffering from asthma; having to put your nose to the ground before you are fed… living with inadequate sanitation and

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People have a Right to Social Security and Social Assistance

Margaret Bedggood Last week the Salvation Army published its annual State of the Nation report. It contains a mass of depressing social and economic topics and statistics. One stands out, yet again: the deplorable state of our benefit system.  New Zealand had a proud record from the late 19th century of providing social security for the disadvantaged,

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David R Boyd: Why all human rights depend on a healthy environment

David R Boyd, University of British Columbia Recent revelations about the speed and scale of nature’s decline are hard to truly comprehend. Not since the dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago has the diversity and abundance of life on Earth plunged so precipitously. For decades, governments have signed treaties and made pledges to halt the

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Dame Silvia Cartwright: Cambodia, Crimes Against Humanity, Survival, and Justice

The Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Foundation invites you to a public seminar by Dame Silvia Cartwright, our Patron. Dame Silvia served as Governor General of New Zealand from 2001 to 2006 after an illustrious career at the forefront on New Zealand’s judicial system. In 2007, she was appointed as an international judge to the

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John Minto: Urewera 10 years on – any lessons to remember?

On the 10th anniversary of the Urewera raids we should recount the lessons – and we should remember. Breathless police and media commentary about a cocktail of napalm bombs, terrorist cells, guns, ammunition, Maori extremists, guerrilla warfare, assassination threats against politicians, greeted the public on the 15th October 2007. You name it – the police

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Press – ‘Editorial: Human rights are for all, including gang members’

National Party police spokeswoman Paula Bennett had a relatively simple job to do on Sunday – get up and make a policy statement which included a previously-announced plan to separate drug-dealing gang members from their guns. Instead, apparently in her enthusiasm to beat the law-and-order drum in an election campaign, Bennett ended up declaring that

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