We ask the New Zealand Government, Jacinda Ardern (Prime Minister), and Kris Faafoi (Minister for Justice, Immigration, Broadcasting and Media) to take a global lead for transparent democracy (he kawanatanga-ā-iwi) by declaring that New Zealand would ensure protection for Julian Assange against extradition for publishing evidence of war crimes and human rights violations in the public interest. We ask that you offer Julian Assange and his family asylum in Aotearoa.
Why is this important?
Assange’s detention and the charges against him threaten press freedom around the world, and therefore threaten our right to know what is going on and democracy itself. We must call out this injustice and offer protection to Assange. Doing so will have New Zealand be a leader on the global stage for press freedom, peace and transparent democracy.
Note: this Bill of Rights has now been overridden by Adern’s new COVID-19 Bill. See below. Adern has promised children won’t be taken from their parents but I, like many Kiwis, am not holding my breath on that one. EWR
New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. Part II of the Act covers a broad range of Civil and Political Rights. As part of the right to life and the security of the person, the Act guarantees everyone:
1 The right not to be deprived of life except in accordance with fundamental justice (Section 8)
2 The right not to be subjected to torture or to cruel, degrading, or disproportionately severe treatment or punishment (Section 9)
3 The right not to be subjected to medical or scientific experimentation without consent (Section 10)
4 The right to refuse to undergo any medical treatment (Section 11)
Furthermore, the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 guarantees everyone: Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Religion. This includes the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO ADOPT AND HOLD OPINIONS WITHOUT INTERFERENCE (Section 1)
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
NZ GOVT IN BREACH OF TORTURE CONVENTION AFTER THEIR “EXPERT” TORTURED GENITALS OF BOYS —- UNITED NATIONS DECISION UPHOLDS COMPLAINT
NIGEL GRAY 29 DEC 2019 — In a landmark decision United Nations have upheld that the NZ Police failed to prosecute a NZ Govt expert psychiatrist who tortured young boy’s with electroshock on their genitals. This is a result of the complaint by Citizens Commission on Human Rights.
PLEASE SHARE THIS POST WIDELYas this represents a real win for the people of New Zealand in our fight for justice. The details are in the article below and there is a video on the news site link below.
United Nations finds New Zealand breached Convention against Torture in Lake Alice abuse allegations
In its judgement, the Committee expressed concern authorities made insufficient efforts to establish what happened to children at Lake Alice.
The United Nations has found New Zealand breached the Convention against Torture by failing to properly investigate abuse at Lake Alice Hospital in the 1970s. Newshub Nation spoke to five men who claimed psychiatrist Selwyn Leeks electrocuted their genitals as a punishment while at the Manawatu hospital. Leeks has never faced charges, which prompted victim Paul Zentveld to go to the UN.
Extended cut: UN to investigate New Zealand’s ‘national shame’.
Glimmer of hope for Lake Alice survivors. Zentveld said he was diagnosed with a behavioural disorder by Leeks in 1974, who then tortured him. “They had you sitting in the chair or lying on the bed – nurses holding you down. You had no choice.”
Zentveld, who was helped with his UN complaint by the Patient Rights Group called Citizens Commission on Human Rights, calls the UN’s decision a “victory” for all survivors.
Repeated attempts to contact Leeks, who now lives in Australia, have been unsuccessful, but he’s always denied any wrongdoing. Zentveld and 194 former patients received a Government apology and compensation in the 2000s, but police decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Leeks. But evidence is building, as other former patients have come forward with similar allegations. “He applied shock treatment to my genitals. Left with permanent marks on the underside of my penis,” Marty Brandt said.
“The genitals was his favourite spot. It was just straight pain,” another victim Charlie Symes said. A third victim Malcolm Richards said the electrocution appliance sparked and he received a burn on the end of his penis. Zentveld said no matter what Government officials say, “torture on the testicles is pretty serious”. The decision by police to not prosecute Leeks has now been criticised by the UN Committee Against Torture. In its judgement, the Committee expressed concern that authorities made insufficient efforts to establish what happened to children like Zentveld at Lake Alice.
As a result, New Zealand violated its obligations to properly investigate his claims of torture and had endorsed actions leading to impunity for Leeks. The Government and police are still considering the findings, but detectives have already re-opened their investigation into Zentveld’s case. Meanwhile, the Royal Commission into State Abuse says it will examine police and the Government’s response to Zentveld. The UN has urged a prompt investigation into Zentveld’s allegations and prosecutions where appropriate.
The world is not as it used to be, as many of my own generation are generally concluding. This kind of ruling against off grid living is becoming more commonplace & in spite of the authorities saying they are not trying “to drive people off their properties” … that is not how it is appearing. Looking at the bigger picture and the other anomalies we see … it is becoming a ‘crime’ to give to the homeless, the hungry … a ‘crime’ to even be homeless in spite of the fact the failing economic system has made them that way (witness the tent cities springing up in many places). Rules around collecting rainwater off your roof for heaven’s sakes … the powers that be figure they own the water … witness Nestlé’s claim that water is NOT a fundamental human right (except for themselves & the like who bottle it and sell it for obscene profit, yes even in NZ) … rules around passing your surplus vegetables over the back fence to your neighbours or selling them at the gate … all being increasingly restricted, even in NZ (the Food Bill ... read the fine print plus see where it is headed) ... rules around where you can camp, it’s becoming less possible to simply pull over anywhere in your camper van. Another issue coming to light more and more is the poisoning of our wild food with the indiscriminate slathering of 1080 and other poisons throughout our wilderness places.
Basically our freedoms have been eroded, in very tiny increments, over a very long time. Tiny enough that initially they weren’t so noticeable. (Like the frog in warm water analogy … water that is set to eventually boil & cook its contents). Today, they are flashing at us like neon lights. The illegality of feeding homeless people goes totally against the grain of all that is human and compassionate and is not what people want. It certainly isn’t what Kiwis want.
Time to stand up Kiwis and fight for what is right. Speak up and let the authorities know you are not okay with it. Your silence is taken as consent. EnvirowatchRangitikei
‘Camping’ on Your Own Land is Now Illegal — Govt Waging War on Off-Grid Living
Costilla County, CO — Across the U.S., local zoning officials are making it increasingly difficult for people to go off the grid, in some instances threatening people with jail time for collecting rainwater or not hooking into local utilities.
As zoning laws have increasingly targeted the off-grid lifestyle, many have moved to the Southwestern U.S. as an escape from overzealous zoning officials.
In Costilla County, Colorado, there has been a major influx of off-grid residents to the San Luis Valley. The combination of lax zoning regulations, cheap property, and an already thriving community of self-reliant off-grid homesteaders has led to many new residents.
The off-grid lifestyle, enjoyed by an estimated 800 people, is now being threatened as county officials have recently made moves to essentially regulate and license the lifestyle into oblivion.
The following article and video is from Stop Smart Meters UK. ‘Forcibly’ would be an understatement here. Watching this is quite disturbing to say the least. So in the UK it is clearly possible to force the installation of a Smart (Dangerous) Meter. If you are in any doubts about the safety of these meters watch ‘Take Back Your Power’ doco … there was no prior testing done with the roll out of these devices. In the meanwhile there is plenty of documented evidence, by health professionals, to demonstrate they carry health risks. All there in the doco. A must watch. The gentleman in the video has opted now to go without power rather than have a Smart Meter in his home.
Here in NZ they are not yet compulsory although your powerco will, by way of omission, imply that they are. Post a non-consent notice on your meter box if it is outside your house as I hear often that powercos just turn up and install with neither your knowledge nor your consent. I also hear often of health effects from these devices. Headaches, sinus problems, heart problems … that went away post removal. Once installed it is very difficult to get these removed. For more NZ info check out the stopsmartmeters NZ site or go to our page here.
From Stop Smart Meters! (UK) Youtube channel: This shocking video shows the moment Northern Irishman David Barr, who suffers from a medical condition which sometimes renders him housebound, has a Smart Meter forcibly installed in his property against his consent.
The video suggests that Power NI have acted way beyond their authority by forcibly installing a Smart Meter against a person’s wishes, something that the UK Government has repeatedly admitted cannot and will not happen.
As reflected in a statement by former Energy Minister Charles Hendry (Hansard, 29 November 2011), whilst Energy suppliers will need to take “all reasonable steps to install smart meters for all domestic and smaller non-domestic customers by 2019” – they:
“do not expect suppliers to seek an entry warrant simply to fit a smart meter and it will not be an offence for householders to refuse to accept a smart meter”….