Chogm fails to challenge Sri Lanka on human rights

Human rights was the loser at this year’s Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ conference (GHOGM). Endorsing Sri Lanka to host the next (2013) conference was a slap in the face for those calling for an independent international investigation into the 2009 massacre in northern Sri Lanka and an end to the ongoing persecution of the Tamils. To […]

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NZ Defence Force reports dodge most important torture questions

Yesterday Defence Minister Wayne Mapp released two NZ Defence Force statements on prisoner treatment in Afghanistan which raise more questions than they answer. The two reports largely dodge the issues I raised in last week’s blog “Mapp’s reassurances on torture fall short” following the release of UN report on the Afghan government’s mistreatment of “conflict-related” […]

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Retrospective surveillance laws shouldn’t be rammed through Parliament

We should be very worried that the government intends to rush legislation through Parliament next week that could restrict New Zealanders’ ability, under the Bill of Rights, to protect themselves from unreasonable surveillance. To add insult to injury, the legislation will be retrospective, to make legal the behavior of the Police over recent times in […]

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Pacific Islands Forum lets down French Polynesia

The final Pacific Island Forum communique was a disappointment for French Polynesia’s president, Oscar Temaru. The president had come here, with a delegation of eight, seeking Forum support for French Polynesia to be inscribed on the UN Decolonisation list, as New Caledonia already is. The Forum communique, however, only asks France to work out with […]

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