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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 >>

Thailand: Water Cannons Mark Deeply Alarming Escalation In Policing Protests

Monday, 19 October 2020, 11:41 am | Amnesty International

Responding to the dispersal of protesters by Thai police using water cannons with irritants and dye, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns, Ming Yu Hah, said: "The excessive force used to disperse tonight’s peaceful ... More >>

Joint Calls For Overhaul Of OIA

Friday, 9 October 2020, 12:21 pm | Amnesty International

The Child Poverty Action Group, Greenpeace, Forest and Bird, JustSpeak, New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties and Amnesty International are calling for a comprehensive, independent review of the Official Information Act 1982 (the OIA) following growing ... More >>

Amnesty International Halts Its Work On Upholding Human Rights In India

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 2:25 pm | Amnesty International

Responding to Amnesty International India’s bank accounts being frozen by the Enforcement Directorate, an investigative agency of the Government in India, Julie Verhaar, Acting Secretary General of Amnesty International said: More >>

Palantir Technologies Contracts Raise Human Rights Concerns Before NYSE Direct Listing

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 12:47 pm | Amnesty International

In advance of the direct listing of Palantir Technologies, Inc. on the New York Stock Exchange on September 29, Amnesty International released today a new briefing, Failing to Do Right: The Urgent Need for Palantir to Respect Human Rights , where ... More >>

Operation Burnham: Without Accountability, There Is No Justice

Friday, 31 July 2020, 3:05 pm | Amnesty International

Amnesty International says a gross lack of transparency and accountability has been highlighted in the New Zealand Defence Force. The organisation is questioning what constitutes a cover-up when the NZDF repeatedly made ‘incorrect and misleading ... More >>

Iraq: Yezidi Child Survivors Of ‘Islamic State’ Facing Unprecedented Health Crisis

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 1:45 pm | Amnesty International

Almost 2,000 Yezidi children who have returned to their families after being held captive by the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) are facing a physical and mental health crisis, Amnesty International warned in a new report published ... More >>

Immigration New Zealand Has Accepted Behrouz Boochani’s Asylum Claim

Friday, 24 July 2020, 2:31 pm | Amnesty International

Behrouz is a Kurdish journalist from Iran who fled persecution and attempted to seek safety in Australia. He rose to international prominence during six years in Australia’s offshore detention centres on Manus Island (Papua New Guinea), beginning ... More >>

China: National Security Law Must Not Become A Weapon Of Fear

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:29 pm | Amnesty International

Responding to today’s passing of a national security law for Hong Kong by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, the head of Amnesty International’s China Team, Joshua Rosenzweig, said: "The passing of the national ... More >>

USA: End Unlawful Police Violence Against Black Lives Matter Protests

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 6:51 am | Amnesty International

Police forces across the USA committed widespread and egregious human rights violations against people protesting the unlawful killings of Black people and calling for police reform, Amnesty International said today, as it launched an interactive map of incidents ... More >>

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 >>