Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Human Rights Commission backs interfaith peace call

Human Rights Commission proud to back peace call from Kiwi interfaith leaders

The Human Rights Commission is backing a call from local religious communities for New Zealanders to stand alongside them in peace and compassion: and not in hatred.

“Kiwi interfaith leaders are standing united in their call for New Zealanders to treat one another with respect. The Human Rights Commission is proud to stand alongside them in peace and compassion,” said Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford.

“We mourn the tragic, heartbreaking loss of all lives in the conflict in Gaza and Israel: but we must honour their lives by standing up for peace at all costs. We do not honour their lives by bringing violent, hatred into New Zealand.”

The statement from New Zealand’s religious leaders followed recent reports of hate attacks on Jewish people and communities. The Human Rights Commission condemned the attacks. Since a historic statement in 2007, faith and interfaith leaders and the Commission have affirmed that all religious groups in New Zealand have the right to safety and security. Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy recalled attacks on Islamic New Zealanders following terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001.

“If Kiwis want peace overseas then we need to start by behaving like people who want peace and that’s right here in New Zealand. Peace and human rights begins at home,” said Dame Susan.

“Everyday people are ultimately responsible for race relations in our country: this is where we need to step up and show leadership and understanding.”

Mr Rutherford said while the UN recognises New Zealand has a high realisation of human rights in our country: it’s a reputation we are all responsible for.

“While we defend the rights of New Zealanders to protest – we also defend the rights of New Zealanders to be free from fear and to be free to practise their religious faith,” said Mr Rutherford.

It is the role of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission to promote and protect human rights in New Zealand. It is the role of the Government to protect human rights in New Zealand and to hold other states to the human rights commitments they have made.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Climate Talks, Immigration And Housing: PM's Post Cabinet Press Conference

Prime Minister John Key began by talking about his recent attendance at the APEC and ASEAN summits. He segued neatly from the opportunities available in Vietnam to outlining his upcoming itinerary which includes Malta, Paris and Berlin. More>>


After Urgent Law Change: Beneficiaries Urged To Act Immediately

I am hoping that thousands more people will be enabled to lodge their review... people without internet, who don't even realise that this has been happening. If just a fraction of the people on facebook can help others to put in reviews tomorrow it could improve so many more peoples Christmas. More>>


Auckland: Phil Goff To Run For Mayor In 2016

Phil Goff has today announced his decision to stand as an Independent candidate for Mayor of Auckland next year... As Mayor, Phil Goff will focus on a number of issues that directly impact on the lives of Aucklanders, including tackling traffic congestion and increasing the housing supply. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Mike Moore To Step Down As US Ambassador

Yvonne and I are giving notice to MFAT that we will be leaving the Post just before Christmas on the 16th December... I am now the longest serving continuous Ambassador to the US. I didn’t seek this job but felt I should do it because great issues were at stake. The time was ripe for it. More>>


Fox Glacier: Seven Dead In Helicopter Crash

The operation to recover the victims of Saturday’s helicopter crash at Fox Glacier is a technically challenging task calling for specialist skills in an unforgiving environment, says operation commander Inspector John Canning. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news