Government fails Amnesty International’s Security Council report card

It is disappointing the New Zealand Government has failed to achieve real progress on human rights during its term so far including a month as President of the Security Council, said the Green Party today.

It is disappointing the New Zealand Government has failed to achieve real progress on human rights during its term so far including a month as President of the Security Council, said the Green Party today.

Amnesty International today released its report card into New Zealand’s contribution to protecting human rights during its term on the United Nations Security Council thus far.

“It is disappointing New Zealand has scored so poorly on Amnesty International’s report card for protecting human rights in its term so far on the Security Council,” said Green Party human rights spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.

“New Zealand has scored very poorly when it comes to the protecting civilians during conflicts, championing women’s rights and addressing the Syrian crisis; and that’s a real shame.

“This Government is trying to do bit pieces to make it look like New Zealand is a world leader in human rights, without actually doing anything substantive.

“It is somewhat unsurprising we have done so badly to protect human rights on the Security Council given that John Key won’t even do the bare minimum at home, such as increasing our refugee quota which would help alleviate the suffering so many desperate refugees.

“Dreams are free, but actions take courage, and currently this Government is failing to show courage when it comes to human rights both at home and on the world stage,” said Ms Delahunty.

The report can be found here.

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