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Human Rights Lawyers Association urges Prime Minister to lift refugee quota

Our friends in the Human Rights Lawyers Association have today written to the Prime Minister, calling for an increase in New Zealand’s refugee quota.

The Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) has written to the Prime Minister in respect of the refugee crisis that is rapidly unfolding in Europe, and about what we believe human rights should mean for New Zealand’s annual refugee quota policy.

Human rights are universal  – they speak to the world in which we want to live – one  that seeks of peace, equality, freedom and opportunity, the recognition of the inherent dignity of every person.  Equally important, by design, human rights should apply to us all, irrespective of location.

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Image used under a Creative Commons licence: ‘Syrian Refugee‘ by Bengin Ahmad is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Rights committee issues

United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Rights committee issues concluding observations
on New Zealand Government’s report – 22 May 2012

The UN ESCR Committee has both positive and negative comments about New Zealand’s performance in its latest observations on New Zealand’s performance
under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Under this international treaty, New Zealand has agreed to a range of obligations
relating to economic, social and cultural rights.
The UN Committee has flagged concerns constitutional issues, social welfare reform, housing rights, the rights of people with disabilities and workers. It also recommends
a human rights based approach to the reconstruction of Christchurch. View the full report here
The HRF, working with the Equal Justice Project, made a submission to the ESCR Committee which you can view here. A number of the issues raised by the HRF are reflected in the recommendations of the
UN Committee.