5
Jul

Libertywatch June 2015

Criminal Justice

Police & Corrections criticised over prison death

A Coroner has criticised police and the Department of Corrections for their roles in the death of remand prisoner Jai Davis at a South Otago jail.

The 30-year-old died in a prison cell in February 2011 from a suspected drug overdose after arriving at Otago Corrections Facility near Milton with drugs concealed internally.

25
Jun

Govt's lack of response to the Constitutional Advisory Panel Report

In November 2013 the Constitutional Advisory Panel delivered its report to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Māori Affairs.  The Ministers then submitted a final report to Cabinet.  The Report is therefore with the New Zealand Government and it is the practice that the Government provides a response to the report within 6 months; this ought to have occurred during 2014, even with the delay around the General Election.   

7
Jun

Libertywatch May 2015

Assisted dying

Terminally Ill woman acts for right to assisted dying

A woman who has terminal brain cancer has said in a statement to court that she will face a choice between taking her own life or suffering a slow and painful death, if a doctor cannot lawfully help her die.

Lecretia Seales has gone to court for clarification of whether the Crimes Act prevents a doctor from helping her to die without then being charged themselves.

11
Mar

A suggestion for increasing intelligence service transparency

The Director
GCSB
Wellington

Dear Una Jagose,

I have a suggestion for the GCSB that I believe could help with transparency and oversight without risking New Zealand's security.

5
Mar

Why spying for another country matters

This morning the New Zealand Herald in conjunction with Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Nicky Hager have alleged that the GCSB (Government Communications and Security Bureau) has been spying on countries in the Pacific. The spying is allegedly not just for our benefit, we are spying on these countries on the behalf of the United States and other members of the Five Eyes security alliance.

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