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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:57

The Green Party have welcomed the Government’s decision to increase the refugee quota to 1500 annually, meaning more families, women and children fleeing war and persecution will have a safe place to call home.

Green Co-leader Marama Davidson, said:

“To those who have fled persecution and need a safe place to call home, we want you to know New Zealand welcomes you.

“We are a kind, compassionate and safe country. New Zealanders want to help and we can.

Green spokesperson on immigration and human rights Golriz Ghahraman, said:  

Golriz Ghahraman MP on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 08:49

The decision by Cabinet to continue to deploy troops to Iraq and Afghanistan is strongly opposed by the Green Party, who believe the money would be better spent on humanitarian aid in the regions.

“We opposed the extension of the troops in Iraq in 2016 and we are opposing it now. John Key make a broken promise that the Iraq deployment would only last two years. It’s been a total of four years now and yet troops remain in an ongoing capacity”, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said today.

Golriz Ghahraman MP on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 11:50

The treatment of migrant children and families at the United States border is heart-breaking and intolerable. The Green Party calls on the New Zealand Government to condemn this egregious breach of human rights.

“The mass detention of children and separation from their families as a part of immigration policy is unacceptable,” says Golriz Ghahraman, Green Party human rights spokesperson.

“It is abhorrent to do it as a way to ‘deter’ their parents from seeking asylum or migrating to the United States, and New Zealand must condemn it.”

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 11:14

The Green Party is strongly condemning the slaughter perpetrated by the Israeli armed forces in Gaza overnight following the opening of the new United States Embassy in Jerusalem, which has resulted in the murder of at least 52 civilians and over 2400 injured. 

This is the second deadly massacre of protestors perpetrated by the Israeli armed forces this year and is the deadliest onslaught in Gaza since 2014. 

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 11:14

John Key needs to do the right thing and offer to resettle refugees and asylum seekers from Australian detention centres, the Green Party said today.

Australia and Papua New Guinea confirmed yesterday that the Manus Island detention centre will close but offered no details on when, or what will happen to the people currently detained there.

“Every day that these camps remain open is another day that people are living in limbo, facing abuse by guards and inhumane living conditions,” said Green Party human rights spokesperson Marama Davidson.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 09:47

National needs to show some moral backbone and speak out on the abuse of children held by the Australian Government in Nauru detention centres, the Green Party said today.

Documents published yesterday by the Guardian show the horrific scale of abuse in offshore detention centres on Nauru, where asylum seekers trying to reach Australia are being detained.

James Shaw MP on Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:11

John Key should use his trip to Australia and Sri Lanka as an opportunity to restore New Zealand’s strong reputation of promoting human rights and standing up for our unique values, said the Green Party today.

John Key yesterday left for a trip to Australia and Sri Lanka. The trip has been billed as a chance “to highlight the growing commercial and political ties” with Sri Lanka.

James Shaw MP on Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 10:38

The latest critique of the TPPA, as an old fashioned agreement inconsistent with human rights, is a timely warning that the signing of the deal in Auckland today is not in the interests of New Zealanders, the Green Party said.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 11:15

Minister of Justice Amy Adams should not extradite a New Zealand resident to China because she can’t rely on that Government’s assurances that it will not subject him to torture or the death penalty, the Green Party says.

Minister Adams confirmed today that Kyung Yup Kim, who has been a New Zealand resident for 26 years, will be extradited to China. She said her decision was made off the back of “assurances” from the Chinese Government that he would receive a fair trial and would not face the death penalty.

on Friday, December 11, 2015 - 12:52

The newest form that New Zealand detainees are being asked to sign makes them liable for removal costs despite assurances to the contrary by both the New Zealand and Australian Government, the Green Party says.