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

 

Precedent Setting Hate Speech Case

The Office of Human Rights Proceedings (OHRP) is bringing a case against the Attorney-General arguing current hate speech provisions under the Human Rights Act fail to protect people on the basis of sexual orientation.

The gap was exposed in 2017 when a West Auckland Pastor made inciteful comments against homosexuals that were reported on in the media. But, the law had no response to that hate speech because it was targeted towards homosexuals, and was not on the basis of colour, race, ethnic or national origins.

Minister of Justice Hon Kris Faafoi is proposing to change to the incitement provisions in the Human Rights Act to include sexual orientation, age and disability.

Despite the proposal to change the law to include sexual orientation, the Attorney-General, on behalf of the Government, is continuing to say the current settings are not discriminatory.

The plaintiff disagrees and says current law fails to protect him and is therefore discriminatory on the basis of his sexual orientation.

The case will be heard in the Human Rights Review Tribunal in Wellington.

  • When: Monday 10 am June 14
  • Where: Level 1, 86 Customhouse Quay, Wellington

The case is expected to last three days.

Background

The case comes from 2017 when West Auckland pastor Logan Robertson incited violence towards homosexuals. A Ponsonby man argued the Human Rights Act failed to protect him from hate speech and breached his human rights. He took the case to the Human Rights Commission for mediation. Mediation was not successful and the man took his case to the OHRP which took the case and is now providing free legal representation to him. Read the Cabinet paper on the proposed law changes here; https://www.justice.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Publications/Proactive-release-incitement-provisions.pdf Read the Human Rights Commission’s overview on hate speech here: https://www.hrc.co.nz/news/resource-hate-speech-legal-framework-published/

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The America’s Cup, Critical Race Theory And A New, Weekly Music Playlist

So… Why don’t they just cut to the chase, and call it the Emirates Cup? As this column predicted several months ago, the next America’s Cup challenge is headed overseas. Here’s what Werewolf said back in March:
Emirates has made a major commitment to Portsmouth/Isle of Wight as a sailing centre of excellence – and voila, that’s where the next challenger of record is coming from, and where the next Cup contest could well be sailed. Such incredible luck for Emirates, right..? More>>

 



Marine: Wider Roll-out Of Cameras On Boats To Support Sustainability And Protect Marine Life

Up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels will be fitted with on-board cameras by 2024 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect the natural marine environment for future generations... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Plan For Vaccine Rollout For General Population Announced

New Zealanders over 60 will be offered a vaccination from July 28 and those over 55 from August 11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today... More>>

ALSO:



Jewish Council: New Zealand Not Immune From Rise In Antisemitism

The representative body of New Zealand Jewry, the NZ Jewish Council (NZJC), has expressed concern about the high number of antisemitic incidents in New Zealand recorded last month. Spokesperson for the NZJC, Juliet Moses, said... More>>

NZNO: Nurses Reject DHB Offer And Confirm Strike Action

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation says its 30,000 members who work in DHBs have voted overwhelmingly to reject a second offer in their current round of multi-employer collective agreement (MECA) negotiations... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels