Justice & Democracy Archive

  • Jan Logie

    The arbitrary detention of refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants in NZ - by Jan Logie



    These are the comments made by the visiting United Nations Working Group On Arbitrary Detention relating to the detention of refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants.  As I haven’t heard much coverage of this issue I am just going to relay them without editing: “New Zealand was one of the first States to accede to […] read more
    April 8, 2014 9:47 pm - No Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Solomon Islands flash floods - by Jan Logie



    The latest reports after the flash floods in the Solomon Islands are that 21 people have died and an estimated 12,000 people are in an evacuation centre and another 40,000 homeless on top of this. We know the Pacific region is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters with its mix of low lying atolls, and mountainous […] read more
    April 7, 2014 4:13 pm - No Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Earth’s climate … and the matter of the human spirit - by Kennedy Graham



    There is something surreal to the climate epic that is beginning to define the fate of the planet – and the human species with it. This was portrayed last week in the muted diplomatic exchanges that echoed along the corridors in Yokohama, marking the adoption of the IPCC’s Working Group II’s 5th Assessment Report on […] read more
    April 3, 2014 12:31 pm - 7 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Crimea: judicial settlement v. political contestation – no contest - by Kennedy Graham



    The Crimea crisis continues to unfold.  It is perhaps the clearest example of a Cold War-style confrontation since the US invasion of the Bay of Pigs – except the roles are reversed. In 1961 the US felt strategically on the back-foot vis-à-vis the USSR.  In 2014 Russia feels on the back-foot vis-à-vis the US. Little […] read more
    March 28, 2014 2:32 pm - 4 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Will victims of sexual violence get justice? - by Jan Logie



    After our frustrations with not being able to get a straight answer on what progress the Minister is taking on changing the justice system to help victims of sexual violence, I asked Judith Collins through parliamentary questions for her response to each of the Law Commission’s recommendations. Her responses are set out in the table […] read more
    March 28, 2014 1:55 pm - No Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Democracy at the Global level? An idea whose time is (almost) come - by Kennedy Graham



    Last week I attended (with one National and one Labour colleague) the 130th meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.  The IPU is the world gathering of MPs from 163 parliaments.  It is a big affair.  The peoples’ representatives talk to one another.  They embrace, fall out, pass resolutions, and return to base.  It is something worth […] read more
    March 25, 2014 11:33 am - 4 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the UNHRC - by Jan Logie



    Last year, the Commonwealth failed to hold the Sri Lanka Government to account for its role in alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, even in the face of what could be considered brazen flouting of the principles of human rights right up to and indeed during the meeting. Last year, despite the Sri Lankan […] read more
    March 20, 2014 3:41 pm - 2 Comments
  • Mojo Mathers

    Voting against new barrier to voting - by Mojo Mathers



    The Green Party takes electoral reform very seriously. An electoral system that is robust, democratic and fair means everyone can have confidence in our parliament and our democracy. Today we stood up for a fair electoral system by voting against the Electoral Amendment Bill, which sought to make some changes to the Electoral Act in […] read more
    March 18, 2014 5:33 pm - 3 Comments
  • David Clendon

    A vision for Maori in tertiary education - by David Clendon



    Last Friday I was privileged to join with Maori members of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) at NorthTec’s Te Puna o Te Matauranga Marae in Whangarei.  The purpose of the hui was to launch and celebrate Te Kaupapa Whaioranga – the Blueprint for Maori Tertiary Education. The well-attended hui included Maori educators from all around […] read more
    March 18, 2014 4:14 pm - 5 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    NZ Inc. & the NZ Constitution – unsanctioned Parliamentary visits to China - by Kennedy Graham



    This coming week, I am part of a New Zealand delegation attending the 130th meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Europe.  The delegation is composed of one National, one Labour and one Green MP.  It is an annual visit by a NZ delegation, where issues of interest to 163 national parliaments are discussed.   It is, […] read more
    March 14, 2014 1:26 pm - 4 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Tipping points – Israel, Palestine, and peace - by Kennedy Graham



    Later this month US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to put a two-state peace plan on the table for Israel and Palestine. There is plenty of debate as to what he will recommend, and what of that will or will not be possible. It is clear though, that it will be difficult for […] read more
    March 13, 2014 3:33 pm - 5 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Did SkyCity make $1.4 million out of alleged money laundering? - by Denise Roche



    The New Zealand Herald reported today that the property and bank accounts belonging to Zhi Wei Yang, an alleged Auckland P dealer, has been seized under the laws around the proceeds of crime and that over a 19-month period this gentleman had a turnover of $14 million at Auckland’s SkyCity Casino. The Herald reported that […] read more
    March 7, 2014 4:29 pm - 3 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Ukraine crisis big test for 21st Century diplomacy - by Kennedy Graham



    We have an old-fashioned crisis on our hands regarding events in the Ukraine.  It is a test of 21st-century diplomacy whether it can be resolved peacefully and with political foresight. Current international law and global norms offer some guidance as to how the situation should be resolved.  But as with every crisis, there are conflicting […] read more
    March 5, 2014 11:57 am - 6 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Defence force shoot messenger over Afghan interpreter saga - by Kennedy Graham



    The New Zealand Defence Force’s decision to caution a New Zealand Army captain for writing a letter of support for an Afghan that served with him reflects poorly on that organisation. Journalist Jon Stephenson broke the story of an Afghan interpreter that had worked with the New Zealand Defence Force and applied to come to […] read more
    March 3, 2014 12:17 pm - 1 Comment
  • Jan Logie

    Immigration, climate change and the Pacific - by Jan Logie



    Immigration New Zealand is planning to deport a Tongan woman with a heart condition back to Tonga. She is from the island of Ha’apai, recently devastated by a cyclone and yet to recover. Her husband has already been deported and is subsisting on the ravaged island. Labour’s Su’a William Sio has picked up the Tongan […] read more
    February 26, 2014 3:33 pm - 14 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Stifling democracy in the community and voluntary sector - by Denise Roche



    Earlier this week the Justice and Electoral select committee heard submissions on the Human Rights Amendment bill and learned from the  Auckland Domestic Violence and Disability Working Group  that its member not-for-profit  groups did not feel they could submit on the bill for fear that it would jeopardise their funding contracts if they were to […] read more
    February 26, 2014 3:22 pm - 1 Comment
  • Denise Roche

    Wages fail to keep up with productivity gains - by Denise Roche



    The Government has announced that from April 1 2014 the minimum wage will be increased by 50 cents to $14.25 per hour. read more
    February 25, 2014 3:15 pm - 12 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Tribute to a Pacific Leader - by Catherine Delahunty



    This week the Pacific and the world community lost a wonderful leader of sustainable forestry. Yati Bun from Papua New Guinea died suddenly while visiting a Pueblo community forest in the mountains of Mexico. Yati was travelling with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) of which he was an international board member. I had the privilege […] read more
    February 21, 2014 4:01 pm - 4 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Carnage in Ukraine needs world’s attention - by Kennedy Graham



    President Yanukovych of Ukraine would be well advised to read the report put together by the United Nations on North Korea and the prospect of members of that regime being tried for crimes against humanity. His regime and interior ministers could well end up charged with crimes against their own people.  At present the Ukrainian […] read more
    February 21, 2014 11:34 am - 3 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Protection for migrant workers – bad legislation to address a real problem - by Jan Logie



    Today we heard submissions on the Immigration Amendment Bill. The primary purpose and the flagship of this bill is making the exploitation of migrants on a temporary entry visa with work conditions an offence and making the employer liable for deportation. Previously, these sections covered only unlawful workers. It will enable employers who exploit workers […] read more
    February 20, 2014 5:48 pm - No Comments
  • David Clendon

    Punishment and compassion - by David Clendon



    A line in my speech to the candidate conference last Sunday seems to have generated some interest.  I spoke “…of restoring to health the offender and those offended against, of an obligation to respect human rights even as we punish”. The Greens’ approach to justice is based on a restorative approach – as outlined in […] read more
    February 20, 2014 1:02 pm - 2 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Academic Freedom or Free Market? - by David Clendon



    The Minister for Tertiary Education seems determined to see our universities and wananga reduced to organisations whose purpose it is to sell a commodity called education to ‘consumers’ whose primary relationship with such organisations will be a  commercial one. The National Government today stayed true to their destructive agenda for the tertiary sector,  announcing their […] read more
    February 11, 2014 7:52 pm - 2 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Peace and disarmament in a whole continent – Latin Americans lead the way, again - by Kennedy Graham



    Last week the heads of 31 South American and Caribbean nations yesterday declared a ‘zone of peace’ amongst their countries, at the annual CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) meeting in Havana, Cuba. The zone of peace (in short) is based on a number of principles: -          Maintain respect for international law -          […] read more
    February 10, 2014 9:51 am - 1 Comment
  • Catherine Delahunty

    The strength of Waitangi Day - by Catherine Delahunty



    Waitangi commemoration and developing a sense of nationhood don’t happen without challenges and dissent. The strength of Waitangi Day is the opportunity we have to hold the politicians to account for their authority and performance in relation to Te Tiriti. I love going to Waitangi each year because it’s a beautiful place of contested history […] read more
    February 7, 2014 12:24 pm - No Comments
  • Jan Logie

    NZ and refugees – Syria and Australia - by Jan Logie



    Syria Today the government announced they will be accepting 100 Syrian refugees over 2 years out of the existing 750 pa quota plus or minus 10%. This is good news. New Zealand was standing out as the only anglo speaking country not to offer refuge to Syrian refugees. In September the UNHCR announced NZ would […] read more
    February 5, 2014 12:48 pm - 2 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    How adversarial politics is putting women off in the Pacific - by Catherine Delahunty



    What’s holding back female leadership and representation in the Pacific? This was the discussion point when Pacific female MPs, along with women in other political leadership roles in the region, gathered recently in Fiji. And what emerged was that one of the key barriers to women entering politics is the adversarial nature of politics. Given […] read more
    February 3, 2014 1:14 pm - 3 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Political decisions and domestic violence - by Jan Logie



    The 2014 election offers New Zealanders the opportunity to make history by electing the first strong green genuinely progressive government in more than a generation. The next wave of progressive change that is sweeping the world is green. The green revolution is transforming the way we live on planet earth as we learn to live […] read more
    February 3, 2014 11:15 am - 1 Comment
  • Jan Logie

    New Zealand’s Human Rights Record under the microscope - by Jan Logie



    New Zealand’s Human Rights Record is being reviewed tonight by the United Nations Human Rights Council. NGOs and the Human Rights Commission and UNHCR have made 248 recommendations on a wide range of topics. Some of the areas of most concern have been the weakness of our current human rights framework, the undermining of employment […] read more
    January 27, 2014 5:28 pm - 3 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    “Not so much the corpse, but the dress….” Genocide: reliving Rwanda, preventing a repeat - by Kennedy Graham



    A few months from now, the world will be obliged to remember the Rwanda genocide. Twenty years ago, come 6 April, an ethnic group began taking shelter in churches and schools, seeking the safety of a pathetic UN peacekeeping force (pathetic as in size and mandate).   The same day, another ethnic group commenced the slaughter. […] read more
    January 26, 2014 3:02 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Proposed Northland re-organisation would take the local out of local government - by Eugenie Sage



    Northland is at the frontline of the National Government’s proposals for a brave new world of super-sized councils – big new unitary councils – as part of its agenda to centralise local government decision making, concentrate power, and weaken local democracy. If recent public meetings in Dargaville, Whangarei, and Kerikeri which David Clendon and I […] read more
    January 25, 2014 11:47 am - 2 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Domestic violence and protection orders – updated. - by Jan Logie



    At the end of last year I spoke at a rally in remembrance of two migrant women who were murdered in Wellington while having protection orders in place. While standing in front of the crowd I was recalling all the similar rallies I had been to over the years remembering all the women and children […] read more
    January 17, 2014 2:32 pm - 6 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Latest leak reveals TPPA undermines environmental protection - by Gareth Hughes



    It’s nothing short of absurd that a modern agreement like the TPPA doesn’t address critical issues like climate change and biodiversity loss. read more
    January 16, 2014 3:11 pm - 1 Comment
  • Kennedy Graham

    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 […] read more
    January 14, 2014 4:03 pm - 2 Comments
  • Steffan Browning

    USA NSA Surveillance Ruling Has NZ Link - by Steffan Browning



    A USA Federal Judge has just ruled that mass surveillance of the phone network by their National Security Agency (NSA) is legal. This contradicts another recent ruling where another Federal judge said such surveillance was ‘indiscriminate’ and an ‘arbitrary invasion.’ In New Zealand the head of the GCSB Ian Fletcher at a public Security and […] read more
    December 28, 2013 4:05 pm - 11 Comments
  • David Clendon

    ‘Monitoring Places of Detention’ – a Wake-up call for NZers. - by David Clendon



    A report released this month has provided evidence supporting the view that we still have a lot of work to do to make our prisons decent, humane, and likely to release people back into society in better shape then when they went in. New Zealand is a signatory to the ‘Optional Protocol to the Convention […] read more
    December 18, 2013 3:57 pm - 3 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    A Mandela Moment - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last night was pretty special. After 32 years, some of us returned to the streets and the field of battle at the former Rugby Park – now Waikato Stadium – to pay respects to Nelson Mandela and to the campaign against apartheid. It was a balmy soft and relaxed evening, with a nearly full moon […] read more
    December 16, 2013 4:43 pm - 9 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    My 2013 Best Efforts from a Biased Participant - by Catherine Delahunty



    Tired of the conventional list of dubious political achievements? Join me in constructing your own from an openly biased rather than faux-neutral list of successes. 1, Big ups to Jan Logie and Lee Rhiannon (Aussie Green MP) for confronting the Sri Lankan Government on human rights the week before CHOGM in Sri Lanka! 2. Congratulations […] read more
    December 16, 2013 11:02 am - 4 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Support for Convention Refugees - by Jan Logie



    Yesterday Changemakers Refugee Forum released a report highlighting the denial of support to convention refugees. I am stoked they’ve done this. They’ve explained the issue in a way that is so easy to understand and makes the injustice and nonsense of it so clear. Almost all refugees start out as asylum seekers, but some find […] read more
    December 11, 2013 4:11 pm - 1 Comment
  • Gareth Hughes

    Tax breaks for oil companies? - by Gareth Hughes



    “What’s next? Community bake sales for deep sea drilling rigs?” read more
    December 11, 2013 11:51 am - 7 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Rights and their role in shaping our country - by Jan Logie



    This week the constitutional advisory panel reported back to government. Based on really extensive consultations they’ve made some great recommendations for government action. The recommendation I’m most excited is adding economic, social and cultural rights, and environmental right to the Bill of Rights Act. Well done Amnesty for getting the economic social and cultural rights […] read more
    December 6, 2013 5:08 pm - 2 Comments