The Fifth Eye - documentary premiere(s)

"The long anticipated documentary, THE 5TH EYE, that follows the story of the Waihopai Three and the GCSB premieres this month in the New Zealand International Film Festival."

The film will screen as part of the festival in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Timaru. 

Details about ticket sales are at www.The5thEye.com - Please be sure to get tickets early.

 

Guest post: Strip searches in prisons - force and gender discrimination

In this second of two articles, guest blogger Mark Hanna analyses recent data revealed on strip searches of New Zealand prisoners. How is force used in these searches, and are transgender prisoners being systematically discriminated against and mistreated?

Speech: It's about power, not privacy

 

Speech given by NZCCL chairperson Thomas Beagle to the Rotary Forum - The Privacy Security Dilemma.


I'm not here to talk about privacy, I'm here to talk about power.

It's become increasingly clear to me that privacy, while important, is not a sufficient lense with which to look at the changes that are happening as human society digitises itself.

Rotary Forum - The Privacy Security Dilemma

The Rotary Club of Wellington presents the Rotary Forum:

What kind of world exists between the shadows of threat, and our right to privacy and security? How much do we know - or should know – and can citizens trust authorities and global corporations to make the rules for us?

This is your chance to take a look inside the great issues of privacy, security and ethics, and hear from leaders and experts from across the spectrum. For example, you’ll hear from the author of the recent security agency review.

Libertywatch February 2016

Round up of civil liberty related news from February 2016.

Criminal Justice

More prison cells could be 'double-bunked'

Up to 130 more prison cells could be "double-bunked" to cope with an unexpected increase in the prison population, Corrections chief Ray Smith said while facing questions in a select committee about plans to cope with a record-high prison muster. 

The gaping hole at the heart of the Intelligence Review

The need to maintain both security and the rights and liberties of New Zealanders has been at the forefront of our minds.

If your report into the intelligence services has a title like 'Intelligence and Security in a Free Society', surely you've got some obligation to put a bit of effort into the "free society" part?

Meeting Dates for 2016

The Committee of the NZ Council for Civil Liberties make its monthly meetings open to anyone who wishes to attend.

A typical meeting includes:

  • Discussion of the various projects that members are engaged in
  • Chat about the civil liberties issues of the day
  • Responding to correspondence 

If you wish to bring up a particular issue, we ask that you communicate this by email to the secretary@nzccl.org.nz beforehand.

Libertywatch January 2016

Corruption Index

New Zealand falls again in Corruption Index

New Zealand has fallen to fourth place in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). This is its second consecutive drop in a survey it has previously topped 7 times because of the corruption-free reputation of its public sector.

"Our government must act immediately to re-establish New Zealand's stand-out reputation for a trusted public sector…New Zealand trades on its corruption free reputation", said Transparency International New Zealand Chair, Suzanne Snively. 

Government ignores High Court, won't change prisoner voting law

The Government has now given its answer - "The Government has no current plans to introduce legislation allowing prisoners to vote."

When the Government passed the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill in 2010 it chose to ignore the submissions from civil society groups, it chose to ignore the Attorney-General, and it chose to ignore the NZ Bill of Rights Act. It also ignored the landmark case in the European Court of Human Rights case where a similar ban on prisoner voting was found to be against the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Government has now chosen to also ignore the High Court of New Zealand and its declaration that the law is inconsistent with the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.

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