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

 


Time for NZ to (re)adopt independent foreign policy

21 May 2014

Time for NZ to (re)adopt independent foreign policy

New Zealand needs to return to having an independent foreign policy and review its relationship in regard to intelligence sharing with the United States, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

Prime Minister John Key has publicly stated that he will not raise drone strikes with United States President Barack Obama when he visits the White House next month.

“The price New Zealanders pay for John Key’s photo opportunities at the White House is complicity in the United States’ mass surveillance programme and sharing intelligence for drone killings,” Dr Norman said today.

“Most New Zealanders are not as ‘comfortable’ with the way the United States uses its intelligence gathering capabilities to kill people and for mass surveillance as John Key is.

“Under the Key Government, our intelligence relationship with the United States has progressed to the level where top United States intelligence figures such as James R Clapper drop in for a quick chat.

“It is time to reassess the closeness of this relationship and what role we play in the Five-Eyes spying network,” Dr Norman said.

“Under this Government New Zealand has once again handed over its foreign policy to Uncle Sam. The United States is a great country, but so is New Zealand. We need to be proud to be an independent nation with an independent foreign policy.

“United Nations experts have called upon the United States to act with greater transparency and legal integrity,” Dr Norman said.

The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Christof Heyns, has urged the United States to explicate the rules of international law it believes to apply to targeted killings, and ‘specify the basis for decisions to kill rather than capture’ particular individuals. The Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, has also urged the United States to clarify its position on the legal and factual issues involved, and declassify information on its lethal extra-territorial counter-terrorism operations.

“New Zealand desperately needs to put checks and balances into our intelligence agencies that protect New Zealand from the mass surveillance and complicity in United States extra-judicial drone killings.

“This sadly, has no chance of happening under John Key’s watch,” said Dr Norman.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Harmful Digital Communication Bill Passes: Focus Must Be On Education

InternetNZ acknowledges the passage of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill into law this afternoon, and says that the sooner the education efforts at the heart of the legislation start, the better... More>>

ALSO:

3-Year Transport Plan: No Plans On Six Northland-Election Bridges

The Transport Authority’s decision to fund only four of the 10 bridges promised in National’s shameless Northland by-election bribe is a huge embarrassment for Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza Blockade: Māori TV Crew Returning Safely From Israel

A Māori Television crew will be flown back from Israel after their boat was detained by the Israeli Navy while attempting to break the Gaza blockade. More>>

ALSO:

Family Violence: Increasing Reporting But Fewer Resolutions

“We are aware the Police have embarked on a significant programme of change in how they respond to family violence. The data suggests that adequate resourcing including investing in staff training, support and culture change will be required for this to be effective.” More>>

ALSO:

Health: NZ Children Still Suffer Rickets From Lack Of Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency continues to cause rickets in young New Zealanders, new University of Otago research has found. The researchers say that their finding suggests that at-risk mothers and children should be better targeted for Vitamin D supplementation. More>>

Also GPs, Housing, Milk: PM Press Conference On The UN Security Council

In a press conference today the Prime Minister discussed the upcoming appointment of New Zealand to chair the UN Security Council. He said they would put pressure Asad in Syria and attempt to “jump start” negotiations between Israel and Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: State Houses Could Sell To Overseas Groups

Bill English’s admission that he would sell hundreds of New Zealand’s state houses to the Australians is the latest lurch in the Government’s stumbling, half-baked housing policy, Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

AND:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news