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

 

NZ Takes Lead In Amnesty Anti-Torture Campaign

The New Zealand Government today became the first in the world to publicly support a new international drive to stamp out officially-sanctioned torture.

In the first of a rolling series of launch events for the new Amnesty International campaign, the Prime Minister, Helen Clark, gave a Government commitment to New Zealand as a Torture Free Zone, and to working for an end to torture globally.

With Helen Clark and representatives of Amnesty International, including members of the cross-party Amnesty International Parliamentary Group, was Sylvestre Gahungu, who survived eight days of torture in the central African state of Burundi, and is now resident in New Zealand.

It is estimated that at least 30% of the 750 refugees who come into New Zealand each year are survivors of torture in their country of origin.

Over the past three years, Amnesty International has received reports of torture and brutality carried out by state agents in over 150 countries, and in 70 countries these practices are widespread.

Amnesty's first two major campaigns against torture were followed by the UN Declaration Against Torture (1975) and the Convention Against Torture (1984) later used in the case against Chile's General Pinochet. The aim of the current campaign is to eradicate torture globally.

'New Zealand will continue to lobby other governments to sign up to international conventions to prevent torture and protect human rights, and will give Amnesty International our full support in the campaign', Helen Clark said.

As part of the campaign, Amnesty International this morning launched a new website ? www.stoptorture ? allowing New Zealanders to campaign instantly through on-line petitioning to protect individuals who are in danger of torture. The site can be reached through www.amnesty.org.nz.

For further information contact:

Ced Simpson BH 0-4-499 3349 mobile 021 371 205


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Double Standard That’s Bound To Dominate The Election

Are National really better political managers than Labour, particularly when it comes to running the economy? For many voters – and the business community in particular - their belief in National’s inherent competence is a simple act of faith. (For them, centre- left governments are just a temporary aberration by misguided voters, to be tolerated only until business-as-usual can be resumed.) Routinely for instance, the business confidence surveys continue to perpetuate the myth that National are the only prudent stewards of the economy. By and large, the business confidence surveys have been an outlet for the sustained temper tantrum felt by business leaders at the election result of 2017, rather than providing a rational assessment of the actual economic conditions. More>>

Published on Werewolf

 
 

Coronavirus: Health Staff To Meet China Flights

Public health staff will begin meeting flights from China from tomorrow to actively look for signs of the novel coronavirus and provide advice, information and reassurance to passengers. More>>

ALSO:


WINZ Quarterly Report: More People Getting Into Work

The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said. More>>

ALSO:

Changing lives: Boost In Whānau Ora Funding

Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today. More>>

ALSO:


PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:

In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels