Human Rights Articles

Human Rights: Global update and concerns related to COVID-19 pandemic

10 July 2020

Without transparency during the COVID-19 pandemic, human rights are compromised and inequality may lead to greater corruption.  This is profoundly affecting peace and security across the globe.

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Of rare earths and referenda – A stark tale of corruption contrasts

6 July 2020

We have a long way to go to redress the imbalance of importing rare earths in return for exporting corruption. New Zealand should consider a law similar to that being introduced in Switzerland. Applying New Zealand’s relatively high standards externally, could go a long way towards helping New Zealand move to a small but influential role in reducing the import and export of corruption.

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Rest home reviews will save lives

7 May 2020

Suzanne Snively

It is a matter of life and death that the reviews of personal protective equipment (PPE) distribution and of conditions in rest homes be done comprehensively, openly and truthfully, without the constraints so often built into past reviews of government activities. The findings need to be accompanied with constructive recommendations for improvement.

This is a time for facts and truth. The quality of the lives of caregivers as well as those of our vulnerable New Zealanders in rest home care, depend on it.

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Are we all in this together: equally?

7 May 2020

Tod Cooper

We need to consider how we continue to respond to this pandemic in the weeks, months and years ahead, ensuring that the rights of people are protected. Our vulnerable populations are very much at risk.

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Protect the voices we are losing during times of crisis.

9 April 2020

As we focus on protecting everyone’s health and well-being from this unprecedented global virus, we are made acutely aware of life and death and the ways in which we manage the transition from one to the other.

…consider the voices we are losing, the stories that make up our collective memory and how we might “protect, record and cherish them, while we still have a chance.”

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Intransigence, opaqueness for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

16 March 2020

There is an urgent need to improve inclusivity and integration of our recent arrivals by overcoming intransigence and lack of transparency in the public service. By this means, they will flourish and successfully contribute to our society and overall wellbeing.

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Mike Bush Police Commissioner

Culture builder – a bouquet for Police Commissioner Mike Bush

16 March 2020

Julie Haggie

As Police Commissioner Mike Bush ends his six-year appointment, he deserves considerable praise for his skilled and ethical stewardship as a public service leader.

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Transparency International and others remonstrate over G20 Summit’s civil society process in Saudi Arabia

20 February 2020

At a time when the world is facing a wide range of challenges, independent voices are needed more than ever. A country that closes civic space until it is virtually non-existent, cannot be trusted to guarantee the basic conditions for international civil society to exchange ideas and collaborate freely on any issue, let alone those issues it deems sensitive or offensive.

Such is the host of this year’s ‘Civil 20’ meetings affiliated to the G20 Summit.

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Brain Food Integrity Forums

29 October 2019

Julie Haggie

TINZ’s two ‘Brain Food Integrity’ seminars in October were well attended, informative and thought provoking.

Where in the World are we? discussed our geographic position in the world, how we have succeeded in using that to our advantage in trade, and the risk of international protectionist policies.

Hate Speech, Free Speech. While it is possible to clearly define hate speech, preventing it through the legal system has proven unworkable. Non-censorious government responses, civic education and sophisticated counter speech including ridicule, are effective antidotes to hate speech.

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Happy International Women’s Day

14 March 2019

The International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC)  celebrated the success and achievement of all the great female activists in the world. This occurred on International Women’s Day, 8 March.

They were thanked for their commitment and effort they put into the fight against corruption. The IACC shared a series of video interviews to provide perspectives on corruption from three female leaders.

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