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Amnesty International Statement On COVID Legislation Bill

Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 6:34 pm | Amnesty International

The below can be attributed to Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand Campaigns Director Lisa Woods. Amnesty International is urging the Government to rethink its approach to passing the COVID-19 Response (Vaccination) Legislation Bill due to serious ... More >>

Write For Rights: World’s Biggest Human Rights Campaign Marks 20th Birthday

Friday, 19 November 2021, 2:35 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International’s record-breaking Write for Rights campaign launches today, marking 20 years of the global letter-writing drive. Since 2001, the organization has collected millions of messages written in support of people who are unjustly ... More >>

Reports Into Our Prisons Show Those With Lived Experience Must Be Heard

Thursday, 4 November 2021, 11:36 am | Amnesty International

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has released a damning report into the treatment of women in our prisons. It’s the latest in a long list of reports and reviews that show the criminal justice system is failing our wāhine. The person ultimately ... More >>

Aotearoa Justice Watch Launched To Monitor Prison And Police Authorities

Friday, 29 October 2021, 9:02 am | Amnesty International

Several organisations have come together to create a platform for people who are experiencing issues in Aotearoa’s policing and prison systems to speak out and be heard, after continued reports of serious human rights issues across these spaces. ... More >>

People In Prison Must Be Protected From COVID-19

Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 10:07 am | Amnesty International

The below is a joint-statement which can be attributed to JustSpeak and Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand following more people testing positive in Auckland Mt Eden Corrections Facility. People in prison have their liberty restricted making ... More >>

Mandatory Vaccinations Require Safeguards

Monday, 11 October 2021, 3:42 pm | Amnesty International

The Government has an obligation to protect the right to health and life. In a public health emergency such as what we’re facing with COVID-19, particular consideration must be given to communities at risk of being impacted disproportionately. This includes ... More >>

Geneva: UN Must Recognize The Right To A Healthy Environment

Monday, 13 September 2021, 3:19 pm | Amnesty International

The UN Human Rights Council should recognize a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment as a universal human right , Amnesty International said today. With millions experiencing hunger and displacement due to the effects of climate change and environmental ... More >>

Legislation following terror attack must not cause more harm

Monday, 6 September 2021, 1:53 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand has a human rights brief that covers a range of issues now being discussed as a result of Friday’s attack. In particular we have worked closely on refugee and asylum seeker issues in New Zealand and scrutinised ... More >>

Over twenty-thousand Kiwis sign petition asking Govt to welcome people at risk in Afghanistan to Aotearoa

Thursday, 26 August 2021, 10:44 am | Amnesty International

Hundreds to gather during lockdown to fight for the people of Afghanistan. Despite New Zealand being in Alert Level 4, Amnesty International ... More >>

New Zealand’s Treatment Of Asylum Seekers Under Ministerial Spotlight

Thursday, 22 July 2021, 2:42 pm | Amnesty International

Right now, people seeking asylum can be detained in criminal justice facilities , this practice is contrary to international human rights standards and has caused indescribable, enduring harm. Despite concerns raised by the United Nations and calls ... More >>

Amnesty International Turns 60!

Friday, 28 May 2021, 11:19 am | Amnesty International

Today we celebrate 60 years of Amnesty International ! A stunning film with Amnesty activists in five iconic global landmarks and dramatic celestial drone art displays is released today to celebrate Amnesty International’s 60th anniversary. An orchestral ... More >>

China: Parents Of Missing Uyghur Children Describe Horror Of Family Separation

Saturday, 20 March 2021, 4:37 pm | Amnesty International

The exiled families of Uyghur children held in state "orphanages" in the Chinese region of Xinjiang described the torment of being separated in a new piece of Amnesty International research released today . The organization spoke to parents ... More >>

Papua New Guinea: Australia And New Zealand Efforts ‘woefully Inadequate’ Amid COVID-19 Surge

Wednesday, 17 March 2021, 12:26 pm | Amnesty International

Responding to reports that Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape has declared a critical ‘red stage’ in the country due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Amnesty International’s Pacific Researcher Kate Schuetze said: " Papua ... More >>

Corrections Minister Must Focus On Issues At Hand

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 1:28 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International Executive Director Meg de Ronde: The Minister needs to focus on the issues at hand: the portfolio he is responsible for, Corrections, has committed grave human rights violations and broken New Zealand and international law. And this ... More >>

Corrections Acted Unlawfully In Trying To ‘break’ Prisoner - Amnesty International

Monday, 22 February 2021, 10:04 am | Amnesty International

An Auckland judge has laid down a thundering assessment of Corrections’ treatment of a prisoner at Auckland Region Women’s Prison. Mihi Bassett is yet to be sentenced for arson charges, but Judge McNaughton has recognised that in the prison she was ... More >>

Ban Dangerous Facial Recognition Technology That Amplifies Racist Policing

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 2:23 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International today launches a global campaign to ban the use of facial recognition systems, a form of mass surveillance that amplifies racist policing and threatens the right to protest. The Ban the Scan campaign kicks off with New York ... More >>

NGO Heavyweights Team Up For South Island Adventure Challenge

Thursday, 14 January 2021, 12:49 pm | Amnesty International

Two of New Zealand’s most respected organisations have teamed up in 2021 to offer Kiwis the chance to take on the famous Alps2Ocean cycling adventure, all for a good cause. Oxfam New Zealand and Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand are inviting ... More >>

Dehumanising Practices At Auckland Women’s Prison Constitute Cruel, Inhuman And Degrading Treatment

Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 8:36 am | Amnesty International

Amnesty International says the reported experiences of several women at Auckland Region Women’s Correctional Facility (ARWCF) at a hearing this week in Auckland’s Manukau District Court are deeply disturbing. We have serious questions about whether ... More >>

Sonny Bill Williams & Craig Foster Call On Australian Government To Accept NZ Offer To Resettle Refugees On Nauru & PNG

Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 12:13 pm | Amnesty International

Sporting legends Sonny Bill Williams and Craig Foster call on the Australian Government to accept NZ's offer to resettle refugees still stuck offshore for more than seven years All Black and NRL superstar, Sonny Bill Williams, and former Socceroo, Craig ... More >>

Amnesty Aotearoa Throws Weight Behind NZ Woman’s Bid To Free Her Brother

Friday, 23 October 2020, 1:54 pm | Amnesty International

For the first time in decades, Amnesty International has launched an Urgent Action campaign with a New Zealand link. Kiwi, and Fulbright Award holder Rizwangul NurMuhammad is fighting from far away in Aotearoa to have her brother released from a detention ... More >>