After World War Two New Zealand led the world in advocating for international human rights at the UN. New Zealand not only pushed for political and civil rights but also economic, social and cultural rights.
Nearly sixty years later the basic human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human rights are under attack in the so-called “war on terror”. And this time the New Zealand Government is on the wrong side.
Read below about some of the ways that the Greens are defending our human rights against this assault.
Human rights policy
Recent news about Human Rights
New Zealand needs to lend its support to an independent international investigation into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka, Green Party human rights spokesperson Jan Logie said today. More
Tthis Bill will mean that some New Zealanders will stay locked out of thousands of buildings in New Zealand because they have a disability or have limited mobility or can't get up steps because they have a pushchair.
Submission open untill the 17th of April. More
Lack of access is a major concern for many disabled people and their families. We would like to support this bill in subsequent stages if the select committee can adequately address the concerns of the disability community. More
John Key must raise Nauru's disgraceful detention centres with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Green Party said today. More
A UN report on New Zealand human rights has confirmed this Government needs to do better, the Green Party said today. More
The National Government should be ashamed that New Zealand is consistently breaching basic human rights the Green Party said today. More
The Green Party opposes this Bill because it will increase the insecurity families face and reduce the building of communities. More
The Green Party opposes this Bill because of the financial and health impacts on children and families, people with disabilities and older people, forced to live in insecure housing. More
John Key needs to tell the New Zealand public just what concerns he intends raising about human rights at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Green Party human rights spokesperson Jan Logie said today. More
A Commonwealth accredited human rights NGO has endorsed the Green Party's call for John Key to act to prevent Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa regime from assuming the office of Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, Green Party human rights spokesperson Jan Logie confirmed today More
The Key Government is hiding behind Commonwealth protocols to avoid criticising the regime of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, Green Party human rights spokesperson Jan Logie said today. More
Will he oppose Sri Lanka chairing the Commonwealth following the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka, as called for by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative? More
The detention of Green Party MP Jan Logie and Australian Green Senator Lee Rhiannon in Sri Lanka today highlights the very problem they were travelling to Sri Lanka to shine a light on. More
In the past 2 years I have seen far too many pieces of legislation that are in breach of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. We need a strong institution to uphold human rights in this country. More
While the Prime Minister was heading off to Bali to further strip our country of our sovereignty and its resources by our free-trade deals, three young men entered the Australian consulate and asked for amnesty, for peace, and for the right of journalists to visit the country of West Papua. More