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New HRMI Research: NZ Failing Its Human Rights Commitments

Thursday, 23 June 2022, 12:30 pm | Amnesty International

The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) has released new data indicating that New Zealand is falling seriously short when it comes to meeting human rights commitments across a number of areas. Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand ... More >>

Aotearoa Justice Watch: New Platform To Identify Systemic Issues

Friday, 17 June 2022, 11:14 am | Amnesty International

Extensive work in the criminal justice space by many has revealed that the systems - as they currently operate - cause harm. That’s why a group of independent organisations have created Aotearoa Justice Watch, a new platform for people with lived experience ... More >>

BREAKING: NZ To Stop Imprisoning People Seeking Asylum

Tuesday, 3 May 2022, 2:33 pm | Amnesty International

Immigration New Zealand has released an independent review carried out by Victoria Casey QC into the detention in prison of people seeking asylum. The review clearly states detention at Corrections facilities should not occur. In response, Immigration ... More >>

Inspectorate Report: Human Rights Issues Continue To Plague Prisons

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 1:42 pm | Amnesty International

The Office of the Inspectorate has released its latest inspection report for Invercargill Prison. The report raises serious concerns across a number of areas, including prison conditions and facilities, especially for people in Remand. The report highlights ... More >>

Statement: Protect People In Prison From COVID-19

Monday, 28 February 2022, 4:43 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International, along with JustSpeak and People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) have issued a joint letter calling again on Justice Sector leaders to take urgent action to protect incarcerated people from COVID-19. The following can be ... More >>

Australia Accepts NZ Offer To Resettle Refugees

Thursday, 17 February 2022, 8:41 am | Amnesty International

Amnesty International today welcomes the news that survivors of indefinite detention in the Pacific region will soon become Kiwis. Nine years after the New Zealand Government said it would welcome up to 150 people per year trapped in the Australian Government’s ... More >>

Government Must Protect People In Prisons

Tuesday, 15 February 2022, 4:23 pm | Amnesty International

The below statement can be attributed to Campaigns Director Lisa Woods from Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand, following outbreaks of COVID-19 in prisons. Due to the communal nature of prisons, people held there are particularly vulnerable ... More >>

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 >>