Prime Minister John Key should be questioning whether Australia is qualified to be on the United Nations Human Rights Council, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“He needs to make the right call.
“Australia’s Human Rights record is up for review as part of a routine Universal Periodic Review on November 9. The UPR is peer reviewed by all UN member nations so New Zealand has the opportunity to call out Australia for failing New Zealanders and breaching basic human rights.
“After seeing the anger, hunger and desperation of the New Zealand-born Australians locked up on Christmas Island I am urging John Key to question Australia’s warrant of fitness for an international human rights role.
New Zealanders in Australia’s remote Christmas Island Detention Centre have spoken about the trauma of being locked up thousands of miles away from their families in a facility designed to house people considered to be a terrorism threat.
Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis gained access to some of the 40 New Zealanders being detained while appealing against their deportations yesterday.
Further revelations that a Serco prison guard was coaching inmates on fight club techniques confirms a fully independent inquiry needs to take place, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“The Minister’s statement today that a guard was coaching sparring techniques to inmates is completely shambolic.
“If brawling with prison inmates is considered coaching then health and safety processes need to be reviewed immediately.
The staggering number of offenders breaking their electronic monitoring conditions shows an urgent need for a major rethink of how Corrections and Police keep track of high-risk criminals, Labour’s Correctiona spokesperson Kelvin Davis says.
“A report out today shows there has been more than 15,500 breaches of electronic monitoring conditions since 2008.
A long overdue review of family violence laws is a major step forward in addressing New Zealand's disgraceful record of domestic abuse, but fails to address funding issues, Labour’s Associate Justice spokesperson Kelvin Davis says.
“New Zealand has one of the highest rates of family violence in the world with around 12 incidents reported to police every hour.
The news that two Serco inmates have been arrested for helping to run a methamphetamine ring from prison should be the final straw and see their contract cancelled, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“National has stood by Serco despite everything that has happened, even saying their performance was ‘of the highest level.’
Corrections Spin Doctors sending their place holder lines to journalists instead of responding to serious allegations shows the scale of chaos at the department over the Serco scandal, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“As more and more serious allegations pile up about years of failure and cover up by Serco, the Corrections department is losing the plot.
Government members have prevented Parliament’s Law and Order select committee from getting answers out of a senior Serco director about the fight clubs being run at Mt Eden prisons, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“At today’s Law and Order select committee, National vetoed an invitation to have Serco’s director of operations Scott McNairn answer questions about the scandal at Mt Eden.
Changes announced today to improve the “transparency, clarity and oversight” of kauri swamp extraction won’t make an iota of difference because they rely on the honesty of contractors, Labour’s MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.
“These contractors refuse to reveal how much of this ancient taonga they have dug up and shipped off overseas.