Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


John Key must raise Nauru “human rights catastrophe”

John Key must raise Nauru “human rights catastrophe” with Abbott

John Key must raise Nauru’s disgraceful detention centres with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Green Party said today.

John Key is in Australia on a two day visit. His trip follows Nauru’s controversial sacking and deportation of its chief justice and magistrate, and its recent decision to hike up the cost of journalist visas from $200 to $8,000.

“Interfering with the judiciary and increasing visa fees for journalists is all part of Nauru’s efforts to shut down criticism of what Amnesty International calls a ‘human rights catastrophe’ in its detention camps,” said Green Party human rights spokesperson Jan Logie.

“While Nauru descends into a state of chaos and ignores the rule of law, children continue to suffer in the detention camps. Enough is enough; these camps need to be shut down,” said Ms Logie.

The Abbott government earlier this week blocked a bid by the Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs to visit child asylum seekers on Nauru.

“When John Key said he would consider sending asylum seekers arriving in New Zealand to these camps, he made us complicit in this tragedy,” said Ms Logie.

“Our Prime Minister needs to take a stand for human rights and push for other more humane solutions to refugees than detention camps.

“Children in these camps are suffering.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news