Monday, March 22, 2010

Public Meeting in Wellington

What's all the fuss about the Search & Surveillance Bill?

Thursday, 8 April 2010 at 7pm
Old Government Building Lecture Theatre 2 (VUW Law School), Wellington

Chief justices, the privacy commissioner, Amnesty International, the Council for Trade Unions and the Human Rights Commissioner have all come out in opposition to the Search and Surveillance Bill saying it is a major threat to human rights and a major attack on fundamental freedoms. This bill is now before parliament and will be reported back on 1 May. Find out what is going on.

Speakers include: Dr. Warren Young, deputy president of the NZ Law Commission and Michael Bott, Chairman of the Wellington Council for Civil Liberties.

The moderator for the programme will be Dr. Sandra Grey, Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Victoria University.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What is this blog about?

The Search and Surveillance bill now being considered by the New Zealand Parliament must be stopped.

If passed into law, it would abolish two fundamental concepts of western law: the right to silence and the right not to incriminate oneself (the right not to participate on one's own prosecution).
It also increases State powers to search and surveil people and places.

Public submissions on the bill were heard in October 2009. Out of the 42 submissions only one was unreservedly supportive of the bill. Those speaking against the bill include the Privacy Commissioner, the Human Rights Commission, NZ's Chief Justice, Lawyers, Unions and advocacy groups.

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