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Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:58

A Bill to clarify the legal definition of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been introduced to Parliament by women MPs from the Green Party, New Zealand First, Labour, and National working together as members of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians New Zealand Group (CWP).

The Bill has been jointly sponsored by Jo Hayes MP (National), Priyanca Radhakrishnan MP (Labour), Jenny Marcroft MP (New Zealand First) and Golriz Ghahraman MP (Green Party).

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 11:00

The Green Party have welcomed the Immigration Minister’s announcement that the Government will drop the discriminatory ‘family link’ policy that excluded refugees in Africa and the Middle East from New Zealand’s refugee quota unless they already had family here. 

“This decision gives us a principled refugee policy that puts fairness and inclusion first,” said Golriz Ghahraman, Green Party immigration spokesperson.

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 13:11

The Green Party has welcomed the release of the Waitangi Tribunal report, which has called for the legislative ban on prisoner voting to be overturned.

 

Green Party Justice spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman said:

 

“The Supreme Court, and now the Waitangi Tribunal, has confirmed that denying these New Zealanders the ability to cast their vote on Election Day is an unacceptable breach of their fundamental rights.

 

“As a result they are excluded from processes that engage them in society, making their long term rehabilitation harder.

 

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 12:29

All New Zealanders should reflect on the situation of LGBTIQ+ people in New Zealand and around the world, say the Chairs of the New Zealand Parliamentary Rainbow Network.

“We should all be proud of who we are and while the LGBTIQ+ movement has made significant strides, there is still work to be done,” say Jan Logie, Louisa Wall and Chris Bishop.

“The Human Rights Act 1993 protects people in New Zealand from unlawful discrimination because of sexual orientation, yet every day, LGBTIQ+ people face discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 14:16

 

The opening of the new refugee resettlement housing unit in Whanganui marks a step forward in New Zealand’s commitment to offer a safe home for families fleeing war and persecution, Green MP and refugee Golriz Ghahraman said today.

“They will remember their first days of safety and freedom in Whanganui, forever.

“I know my family and I will never forget the warmth and security when we first arrived and settled in West Auckland. I'm so excited for all the new friendships and enriching experiences that Whanganui will share with these new arrivals. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 09:08

The Green Party strongly condemns the attack on free press with the presumed death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

“Journalism is not a crime and no one should be murdered for speaking up against power”, Green spokesperson on human rights and foreign affairs Golriz Ghahraman said today.

“There are mixed reports in the media, some are reporting that Saudi officials are strongly denying the murder, others are saying they are preparing a statement to claim that an interrogation went wrong, resulting in Jamal Khashoggi’s death.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 14:48

The Nauruan Government’s decision to ask Doctors Without Borders to immediately leave shows continued callousness towards asylum seekers desperately seeking a safe place to call home, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said today.

“We thought the environment for families, men women and children seeking asylum could not get any worse on Nauru, now the critical service Doctors Without Borders are being asked to leave imminently.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
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:  

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.

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.”