A review into how Child Youth and Family handled the ‘roastbusters’ case highlights how the victims were overlooked while agencies debated whose role it was to intervene and on what basis, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“There has obviously been a major breakdown in communication between CYFS and the police. Even if the police felt they couldn’t bring any prosecutions there was definitely scope for CYFS to intervene, and they didn’t.
The drawing of the Customs and Excise (Prohibition of Imports Made by Slave Labour) Amendment Bill from the Members’ bills ballot today represents a genuine opportunity to take a strong stance on human rights, says Labour’s MP for Tamaki Makaurau, Peeni Henare.
“Slavery or coerced labour still exists in some parts of the world despite the abolition of slavery in the 18th Century.
“The Bill amends the Customs and Excise Act 1996 to include products of slave labour as prohibited goods.
The Government’s prison privatisation experiment has been an epic fail according to a performance report quietly released by the Department of Corrections, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“The prison management performance reports reveal what we’ve known for some time and that’s Serco failed to manage and safely contain the increasing problems inside Mt Eden.
“It’s a shambles and the Prime Minister needs to step in and take control of a potentially volatile and dangerous situation.
A university lecturer and author of an award winning book on the history of patched gangs in New Zealand who has had requests for information denied by police is owed both an explanation and apology, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Jarrod Gilbert is known in academic circles around the world for his work on gang culture and is a trustee of the New Zealand Public Interest Project which investigates mistakes in the justice system.
Legislation passed under urgency to have New Zealanders with criminal records monitored when they're sent back from Australia contains some glaring holes, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“We have a plane load of 20 deportees arriving back in New Zealand this week, and here we are debating a hastily drafted bill, that will have gaps as a result. For starters, there is nothing about reintegrating prisoners. Being in work or training, having somewhere to live and having community support are crucial to preventing reoffending.
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.