Aotearoa New Zealand can be a model of tolerance, democracy, and inclusiveness, and a good international citizen pushing for human rights around the world.

Legislation should always uphold human rights

  • The rangatiratanga of tangata whenua, set out in te Tiriti o Waitangi, is a collective human right protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • The Bill of Rights Act should bind the government.
  • Exemptions for discrimination on the grounds of disability should be removed from the Human Rights Act, and all other exemptions reviewed.
  • The Bill of Rights should be updated to include the right to privacy.

Aotearoa New Zealand should actively promote human rights internationally

  • We should encourage other countries to uphold the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and other relevant conventions, and ratify them in New Zealand.
  • We should support the work of the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice.
  • When we deal with countries in which human rights occur, the interests of disadvantaged and disempowered communities should be paramount.

Tolerance and ethnic diversity should be promoted

  • A new Ministry for Ethnic Affairs should be established with a mandate to combat prejudice.
  • The Human Rights Commission, Race Relations Office, and Ministry for Pacific Peoples should be resourced to promote tolerance and enhance diversity.
  • All new migrants should have access to assistance learning English and information about Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Bill of Rights.

Aotearoa New Zealand should welcome more refugees

  • The refugee quota should be progressively increased, with settlement support to match.
  • Detention of refugees and asylum seekers should only be used in exceptional cases of genuine security risk.
  • Government should abide by the provisions of the 1951 Refugee, including upholding the independence of the Refugee Status Appeals Authority, and abide by the convention that the government cannot overturn its decisions.

 

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