Human Rights

Australian and New Zealand Green parties to lodge complaint with Australian Human Rights Commission

The Green parties of New Zealand and Australia will be lodging a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) about the detention and treatment of New Zealanders in Australia.

Hobart-based barrister Greg Barns will be handling the case on a pro-bono basis.

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International Women’s Day is a call to recognise inequality

As a Member of Parliament human rights is the fundamental lens through which I make decisions. And it is the deepest responsibility I hold for New Zealand, for our global family and for future generations. International Women’s Day is a call for action to us all. Starting simply, perhaps, by asking oneself “what is my personal relationship with inequality? Where do I experience it? Why do I care, or not? What can I do?” These are sincere questions.
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Govt must back parliamentary support with action over West Papua

The New Zealand Government needs to back up its parliamentary support of media freedom in West Papua with action, the Green Party said today.

A motion tabled by the Green Party, in July 2014, to call on the Indonesian President to commit to genuine press freedom in West Papua was supported by all members of Parliament including the Government.

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Human rights situation in Azerbaijan

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Ulrike Lunacek, Tamás Meszerics, Molly Scott Cato, Michèle Rivasi, Barbara Lochbihler on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group for a debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law 

The European Parliament,

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Human rights violations in Bangladesh

Greens/EFA motion for resolution

Tabled by Jean Lambert, Barbara Lochbihler on behalf of the Greens/EFA Group for a debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

The European Parliament,

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NZ Govt must respond to Israel’s Gaza onslaught

The New Zealand Green Party is calling for new measures in response to the latest round of violence inflicted on Palestine by Israel, including divestment by the New Zealand Government and the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador.
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Kennedy Graham's speech on the Government motion on the situation in Gaza

Israel justifies its actions in Gaza in the name of self-defence. The inherent right of self-defence, sanctioned in international law for several centuries now, does not justify what Israel is currently doing in Gaza. Most jurists around the world are describing the Israeli actions as an excessive use of force and a violation of humanitarian law.
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New Zealand must support international inquiry into Sri Lanka war crimes allegations

New Zealand needs to lend its support to an independent international investigation into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka, Green Party human rights spokesperson Jan Logie said today.

“The Human Rights Council session presents an opportunity for New Zealand to push for accountability and protection of human rights action in regard to the worrying situation in Sri Lanka,” Ms Logie said.

“Our representatives at the United Nations should be doing all they can to support an independent investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka

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John Key must raise Nauru “human rights catastrophe” with Abbott

John Key must raise Nauru's disgraceful detention centres with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Green Party said today.

John Key is in Australia on a two day visit. His trip follows Nauru's controversial sacking and deportation of its chief justice and magistrate, and its recent decision to hike up the cost of journalist visas from $200 to $8,000.

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Australia PM Abbott’s gift will help hide human rights abuses in Sri Lanka

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Prime Minister’s gift of two naval vessels and co-operation with the Sri Lankan authorities to help stop people fleeing the country is collaboration on human rights abuses.

“The Prime Minister’s silence on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka was inexcusable complicity, but this is nothing less than collaboration and it is abhorrent,” Senator Milne said.

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