PRESS RELEASE: NZ government must act to protect asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island
20 September 2016
The Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) strongly supports the recent letter written to the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. John Key, and the Minister for Immigration, the Hon. Michael Woodhouse, by the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) requesting the resettlement of asylum seekers from Nauru and Manus Island.
The ALHR letter urges the New Zealand government (along with the governments of the United States, Canada and Germany) to take prompt intervention in respect of the refugees on Nauru and Manus Island. We, together with ALHR, consider that pursuant to the international community’s Responsibility to Protect (R2P) – a global political commitment endorsed by all UN Member States in 2005 – the New Zealand government must act to protect asylum seekers currently on Nauru and Manus Island from potential crimes against humanity.
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