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Cambodia – violating global norms

by Kennedy Graham

New Zealanders need to be aware of the current brutal crack-down by government security forces on unarmed peaceful protests in Cambodia, last week.  We have about 7,000 citizens of Khmer descent in our country now, and have contributed some $1 million to the Khmer Rouge trials. It is morally incumbent on us all to be vigilant about what happens there.


With "Betatext," German Green Party Tries Out Open-Source Politics

As Germany gears up for its parliamentary elections in fall 2013, the parliamentary group of the German Green Party has released a tool called betatext to allow supporters to comment on position papers, motions or legislative drafts.


Western Australia likely to vote again for Senate

Western Australians are likely to be forced to vote again for their Senate representatives in Federal Parliament, in a move which will once again place the seat of Greens Communications Spokesperson Scott Ludlam in doubt, as the Australian Electoral Commission last week confirmed it would seek a by election in the state.


Quick guide on group dynamics in people’s assemblies

Green Federations / National Parties: 

The purpose of this Quick Guide is to facilitate and encourage the development of the different Popular Assemblies which have been created since the beginning of the 15th May Movement. This Quick Guide will be periodically revised and updated. On no account is it to be considered a closed model which cannot be adapted through consensus by any given Assembly.

Metiria’s Mohua wins bird of the year

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is thrilled her campaign for the Mohua was successful in taking  out Forest and Bird’s annual bird of the year competition, and is calling on the Government to derail plans for a monorail to be built in the Mohua’s habitat between Queenstown and Te Anau.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith will be visiting the site of the proposed monorail tomorrow, Wednesday 30 October.


Nepal Youth Participation in Second Constituent Assembly Election

Nepal is currently undergoing extraordinarily challenging circumstances – a de-escalating national conflict, lack of security, unusual price hikes, massive human rights abuses, large number of internally displaced people, civil society organisations working under pressure and vulnerable to extortion and threats, students and youth taking up violent protests and the second Constituent Assembly (CA) election hot on the anvil. Educating youth about the democratic processes and their rights and duties in a democracy is the first and critical step in creating a culture of democracy through the promotion of democratic behavior and values among the young citizens. Ensuring youth participation and representation in the upcoming Constituent Assembly to actively document the voice of the youth will be an opportunity to prove the democratic exercise. This will have huge benefits as it will ensure the sense of ownership of the final constitution to be promulgated, by the youth.

2,000 Australians join campaign to reform Senate Voting

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed support for Senate electoral reform by Liberal Party federal director Brian Loughnane and outgoing Labor Senator Bob Carr.

"There is now a widespread sentiment that our Senate voting system needs an overhaul, including the support of more than 2000 Australians who have signed The Greens 'Reform Senate Voting' petition," Senator Rhiannon said.

"We must end the backroom preference deals to safeguard the standing of the Senate.



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