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Budget Opens Door For Community Sponsorship Of Refugees

Friday, 15 May 2020, 10:44 am | Amnesty International

The Government’s Rebuilding Together Budget includes funding to extend the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) pilot for a further three years. New Zealand conducted a small pilot of this programme, which in 2018 welcomed 23 people seeking ... More >>

New Zealand Must Honour Refugee Promises

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 7:21 am | Amnesty International

Following concerns New Zealand won’t meet its Resettlement Quota of 1,000 refugees by June this year due to COVID-19 restrictions Amnesty International is asking what contingency plan the Government will develop to ensure it meets its humanitarian ... More >>

ABS-CBN forced off air after threats

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 9:53 am | Amnesty International

Responding to news that the National Telecommunications Commission issued a cease-and-desist order effectively stopping the operations of ABS-CBN, one of the country’s largest broadcast media companies, Amnesty International Philippines Section Director Butch ... More >>

Contact-tracing App Must Protect People’s Privacy

Thursday, 30 April 2020, 9:46 am | Amnesty International

Amnesty International says the new contact-tracing app expected to be rolled out in the next few weeks may be a useful tool in our journey to a COVID-19-free New Zealand, but checks and balances must be assured to protect people's rights. Amnesty ... More >>

Acts Of Kindness Beat Number Of COVID-19 Cases In NZ

Saturday, 25 April 2020, 11:01 am | Amnesty International

An attempt to show the sheer magnitude of kindness in New Zealand has surpassed expectations. Since Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand launched The Big Kindness Count almost a month ago, people have recorded more than 16,000 acts of kindness, ... More >>

Open Letter To Corrections Minister Hon. Kelvin Davis - Show Us The Numbers

Thursday, 23 April 2020, 1:03 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International is calling on Corrections Minister Hon. Kelvin Davis once again to release information regarding the number of hours people are being held in ‘lockdown’ in prisons during the national lockdown. Renewed calls for the ... More >>

Call For Transparency From Corrections On Prisoner Lockdown Hours

Thursday, 16 April 2020, 2:58 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International is calling for transparency from the Government on what is happening in New Zealand’s prisons as we navigate COVID-19 - particularly on lockdown hours in cells. The concerns come following several reports from different people ... More >>

Amnesty International Releases Human Rights Briefing To COVID-19 Committee

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 3:38 pm | Amnesty International

Essential moves have been made to manage the impact of COVID-19 in New Zealand. This means significant changes to how society is operating. These unprecedented measures limit liberties and physical freedoms in order to protect the right to health and ... More >>

Amnesty International Launches Youth Award

Sunday, 1 March 2020, 12:43 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International launches Youth Award Amnesty International is launching a youth award as a nod to the growing want from New Zealand youth to create a more compassionate and sustainable future for themselves and future generations. The Gary ... More >>

Uyghurs Living Abroad In NZ Tell Of Campaign Of Intimidation From China

Friday, 21 February 2020, 1:22 pm | Amnesty International

Chinese authorities are systematically harassing Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic groups even after they have left the country, according to new testimonies gathered by Amnesty International. Uyghur New Zealanders were among those interviewed, despite ... More >>

Israel/OPT: UN List Of Settlement Businesses Offers New Hope For Accountability

Friday, 14 February 2020, 2:22 pm | Amnesty International

The publication of a UN database which lists more than 100 companies involved in business activities in illegal Israeli settlements is an important step towards accountability in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Amnesty International said today. ... More >>

Summary of the state of human rights in NZ

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 8:33 am | Amnesty International

While a generation of young advocates led the fight against worsening repression in Asia, issues closer to home show New Zealand had a mixed record relating to counter-terrorism, detention facilities, the rights of Indigenous peoples and children’s rights. More >>

Myanmar: World court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya

Friday, 24 January 2020, 10:02 am | Amnesty International

In response to today’s ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Myanmar to take "provisional measures" to prevent genocidal acts against the Rohingya community, Amnesty International’s Regional Director, Nicholas Bequelin, ... More >>

UN landmark case for people displaced by climate change

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 9:09 am | Amnesty International

In a ground-breaking asylum case, a UN human rights body has ruled that governments must take into account the human rights violations caused by the climate crisis when considering deportation of asylum seekers, said Amnesty International today. More >>

Amnesty applauds NZ leadership for refugee sponsorship

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 2:03 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International applauds NZ Minister's leadership for signing onto global network for refugee sponsorship More >>

Organisations call on Govt to act on growing refugee crisis

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 8:09 am | Amnesty International

A collective of former refugee leaders, resettlement, human rights, faith-based and humanitarian organisations have signed and sent an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The letter asks the Government ... More >>

Original art to raise money for Amnesty International

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 7:03 pm | Amnesty International

World-renowned artists create original art to raise money for Amnesty International Eleven world-renowned artists including Yoko Ono, Shilpa Gupta and Gerhard Richter have come together to create a collection of original, limited-edition art to raise ... More >>

Chester Borrows condemns the use of police cells for children

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 12:12 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International, Chester Borrows and JustSpeak call for action on Universal Children’s Day More >>

Ireland makes permanent Community Sponsorship of Refugees

Saturday, 16 November 2019, 4:52 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International has sent personnel to Ireland to learn about how to best implement the Community Sponsorship of Refugees in New Zealand. More >>

Terrorism Suppression Bill rushed through select committee

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 2:31 pm | Amnesty International

The Government posted last night that there would only be five days for civil society to submit on the Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill, bringing the deadline for submissions forward to November 10 . More >>