[NB: The horrific Christchurch Mosque shootings of 15/3/19 will result in the UN pushing through the recommendations in this review with far more aggression than usual, especially the German recommendation impacting NZ's free speech laws. My purpose in writing about these topics is to affect change politically by giving people information that our media sees fit to not share with us. It should hardly need saying, but for the sake of crystal clarity, people like Brenton Tarrant who use violence instead of peaceful means through our democratic process betray all of us with their evil. I do not condone violence against innocent people ever, hence my use of the internet “pen."]
By Olivia Pierson
[First published on Incite 14/3/19]
In the ‘Consultation Hub’ of the Ministry of Justice website, a working report from the United Nations titled the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was available for download, offering the opportunity for New Zealand citizens to give their feedback online. This window of opportunity was small, however; the targeted feedback option was put up on February 27th and closed on March 13th.
They gave us only 15 days to offer feedback on portentous initiatives which will affect our country forever. I was only made aware of this Consultation Hub in progress because Elliot Ikilei, Deputy Leader of the New Conservative Party, tweeted it out on his Twitter account.
The following is my selective overview of the 22 page document, which is a pernicious piece of targeted propaganda from the UN Human Rights Council, but we’ve come to expect this. I’ve cited certain glaring hypocrisies as they pertain to Islamic immigration into this country – as if we are living in a world where Muslims have integrated so superbly into Europe, the UK and beyond. It was only this issue that the Consultation Hub asked for feedback on. My comments are mostly made in square brackets for the sake of differentiating between me and the document, though I’m sure the sarcastic attitude, which this awful document wrenches out of me, probably makes that obvious.
Human Rights Council
Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review New Zealand,
Geneva, 21 January -1 February 2019
The ‘Interactive dialogue and responses’ consist of 93 comments from the delegations of each country represented, where the NZ delegation headed by Andrew Little receive comments or commendations by representatives from countries with the worst human rights abuses on Earth. Here are some examples:
B. Interactive dialogue and responses by the State under review (28 -121)
42. The Islamic Republic of Iran shared the concerns of the Human Rights Committee about the lack of a comprehensive national strategy to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.
[The totalitarian Islamic State of Iran chides us over not having a better strategy to protect people from “intolerance” – this from the delegate of a country which still indulges in public hangings by crane in the town square and has just sentenced female human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.]
56. Nigeria commended New Zealand for cooperation with human rights mechanisms and its strategy on migrants, including their settlement and integration, as well as measures to protect migrant workers from exploitation.
[Nigeria – home to the brutal terror group Boko Haram – chimes in about migrant settlement in this country, even though their own country is a violent shit-hole with a mass exodus of people trying to escape despair – nice one Nigeria, thanks for the tip and good luck!]
58. Pakistan appreciated efforts made by New Zealand aimed at eliminating the gender pay gap and increasing women’s participation. It was concerned that women were still significantly under-represented in senior leadership positions.
[What a joke. Pakistan, where Christian woman Asia Bibi and her family have been persecuted after her being acquitted of a medieval blasphemy charge. Bibi cannot move anywhere around Pakistan because the mobs still bay for her blood. She says that the Pakistani authorities are preventing her from leaving Pakistan, but hey! It’s NZ’s illusory gender pay gap that’s a real problem for women in the world. Pakistani delegate to the HRC says that NZ women are still under represented in senior leadership positions! Huh? We’ve had three female Prime Ministers – and remind me again of what happened to Pakistan’s only female Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto? Murdered in office.]
63. Qatar appreciated the legislative and institutional measures adopted by New Zealand aimed at promoting and protecting human rights, particularly the National Plan of Action for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights.
[Hopelessly beholden to those great exemplars of human rights, the Iranians, Qatar has been waging a hegemonic and vicious war in Yemen, on Saudi Arabia’s border, since 2015. Over 50,000 men, women and children are dead from starvation and cholera. Please, Qatar delegates, just try to learn the virtue of keeping quiet and holding your peace when you’re in the company of your betters, even if it is only Andrew Little and his team.]
71. Concerning migrants, the delegation recalled that the New Zealand Migrant Settlement and Integration Strategy sets out the Government’s approach to effectively settle and integrate migrants. Moreover, the county had an active enforcement of its labour code to ensure migrant workers are not exploited. With regard to refugees, New Zealand had committed to increasing its refugee quota from 750 to 1000, rising to 1500 by 2020.
[NZ gets an affectionate pat on the back for raising its refugee quota, despite the fact that we, its citizens, were never asked, and the Ardern-Peters government is a coalition of the actual losers of our 2017 election. That’s MMP for you.]
76. Senegal highlighted the adoption of recent measures by New Zealand to combat family violence, particularly the creation of a dedicated agency tasked with building a cohesive, whole-of-government response to family and sexual violence.
[The Senegal delegates like to pass comment on NZ’s relatively minor family violence problem while they themselves are having a devil of a time trying to implement a ban on female genital mutilation which is widespread in their own country because it’s 94% Muslim. I couldn’t think of anything more sexually violating than that. It’s the religion stupid!]
84. The State of Palestine welcomed efforts to promote children’s rights, including the adoption of child protection policies and the creation of a new government department. It commended steps taken on the issue of housing.
[Get a load of this one: Palestinian delegates commend us on our promotion of children’s rights. This from the people who are responsible for throwing fatherless and handicapped children in front of guns and bombs to act as human shields so their media can show the world how terrible Israelis are for killing them. Appalling hypocrites!]
85. The Syrian Arab Republic welcomed the National report of New Zealand, as well as the reports by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and stakeholders participating in the UPR process.
[Look! The delegates from war-torn Syria, blanking out the 5 million refugees who have fled and the 500,000 who have died, welcome the UPR on NZ’s human rights record! Has anyone among them managed to yet convince President Assad that using chemical weapons on his own civilians might not be human rights cricket? Thank the dear Lord that President Trump has naval ships with Tomahawks.]
95. Afghanistan commended New Zealand for its human rights achievements since the last review and on steps taken to increase the participation of women in senior public service posts and state sector boards and committees.
[Afghanistan is chiming in on our excellent human rights record too – isn’t that sweet. They even think it’s wonderful that we have women in senior public service posts etc, while their women are still dressed in suffocating tents that make Old Testament times appear thoroughly modern. I wish they’d pay more attention to protecting their own bacha bazi (“boy play”) child sex toys, who are regularly raped on military bases to the point where even American troops are commanded to look the other way because nought can be done about it. But still, nice that they care so much about women in public service roles in NZ.]
101. Bangladesh shared concerns about the absence of a comprehensive national policy to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance. It indicated that New Zealand should continue efforts to address domestic violence.
[Wow. The lovely Bangladeshi delegates are worried about NZers being racist, xenophobic and intolerant – I’ve noticed that Muslims seem to really care a lot about these three words. I do hope that our NZ delegates managed to have a quiet word in their ears about the importance of having peaceful transitions of government, since in their last election, their population erupted into violence leaving 21 people dead on election day. They also managed a government crackdown on the opposition, arresting thousands of dissident opposition members and religious minorities – even pulling off a major media shutdown on top of all that. Violence against Bangladeshi Hindus is still rather common, I wonder if their nice delegates consider that to be a bit intolerant? Still good to know that they have NZ’s back and don’t want to see our terrible, racist xenophobia run rampant on these troubled shores.]
111. China welcomed progress achieved in the protection of human rights by New Zealand. China was concerned about the discrimination suffered by the Māori and the fact that the rights of women, children and migrants were not effectively protected.
[I was so glad to hear from free and liberal China about how badly we Kiwis discriminate against Maoris and migrants. I wonder how generous China has been to African and Syrian migrants after they endorsed the UN Migration Compact according to “China’s own conditions?” I wondered this out loud before I remembered that they don’t take in Muslim refugees because they’ve all but outlawed Islam, and even Christian churches are subjected to full time surveillance and enforced registrations. It is now estimated that China has over one million people in “political education camps” to make sure they eventually become “politically qualified” for free and liberal Chinese society. It might be a great idea that we take our cues from China regarding how we treat Maoris and migrants, not.]
112. Croatia observed that there were over 100, 000 New Zealanders of Croatian heritage today and noted that Croatian immigrants had been welcomed and integrated in the country, constituting a good example of tolerance and human rights promotion.
[God Bless beautiful, Catholic Croatia. Not one tut-tut to be suffered because many of their population have come here since they’re highly aware NZ is a GREAT place to live and has always treated migrants well, without even having to be asked, let alone policed. Throughout Croatia’s history, they have learned a thing or two about living so close to Ottomans and Communists, while also being strong enough to retain their own unique culture – just don’t mention The War… or that other one either which means don’t bring up the neighbouring folks beginning with “S” and ending with “b-i-a-n.” Croatian delegates obviously don’t give a stuff about tedious virtue-signalling at the UN. Rock on Croatia!]
115. The Bill of Rights Act enjoyed very important status, with the courts checking legislation for its consistency with that instrument. One of the changes the Government had pledged to make was to ensure that when a court declared a piece of legislation to be inconsistent with the Bill of Rights the Parliament would have to respond in an appropriate way. The Government intends to amend the Human Rights Act to make it clear that Act prohibits discrimination on the grounds of gender identity. It was also noted that changes had been made to ensure that the Human Rights Review Tribunal received additional staffing to help it eliminate its backlog and keep up with its workload.
[Always be very wary of anyone using the word ‘appropriate,’ since it’s usually code for exerting control over something else that won’t be named. One should be extra wary when the word is used in the same sentence as the words ‘parliament’ and ‘response.’ In this case, this is how the UN intends to attack our free speech rights. Our Bill of Rights, Article 14, addresses free speech in the most robust of ways – it is perfectly congruent with freedom and liberty and needs to be left exactly as it is. The trouble is Article 4 of the Bill of Rights which says that other Articles in the Bill can be negated by other legislation. That other legislation happens to be the UN Human Rights Act in which its Section 61 seeks to deem all “insulting” speech (about gender, race, religion etc) to be an imprisonable offence. The Human Rights Council wants the Act to trump our Bill of Rights and the Bill of Rights has an Achilles heel embedded within it, in the form of Article 4.]
This Report then launches into the 194 various Recommendations, which are mostly about the issue of NZ’s treatment of migrants with a strong push from other member nations to get NZ to join and ratify the clunky-titled “International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.” Here are a few examples mostly from fascistic countries – Venezuela(!), Iran again, Russia and once more from that great model of human rights virtue – Syria:
122.2 Ratify the broad range of international human rights instruments such as, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989 (No. 169) of the International Labour Organization (Russian Federation);
122.5 Consider joining the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (Islamic Republic of Iran); Consider ratifying the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (Afghanistan); Consider ratification of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (Philippines) (Sri Lanka);
122.8. Ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (Kyrgyzstan) (Benin) (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela);
122.34 Strengthen the human rights obligations of the Bill of Rights Act of 1990 by defining them as supreme law (Germany);
[Particularly insidious recommendation from Germany here referring to the “human rights obligations of the Bill of Rights,” meaning, as explained previously, Article 4, which is the loophole for the Human Rights Act criminalising many different forms of speech. Germany encourages our delegates (therefore our parliament) to make this “supreme law” in NZ. Achtung baby!]
122.59 Clarify the definition of “terrorist”, and review the Terrorism Suppression Act so that to ensure those designated as “terrorists” could enjoy justice (Islamic Republic of Iran);
[Doesn’t this just blow your hair back? The biggest state sponsor of terrorism in this world – Iran – is giving us guidance on defining terrorism and bringing terrorists to justice. We may as well have group therapy sit-downs with murderous, rapist pedophiles and ask for their moral advice on our sex lives while we’re at it.]
122.83 Take measures to eliminate gender wage gap (Syrian Arab Republic);
[What is it with the Syrians and our gender wage gap? Is this them hat-tipping the Marie Antoinette of the Middle East – their evil President’s wife? God have mercy, because the Syrians sure don’t.]
This document is enough to make any decent person rise up and spit on the whole body of the UNHRC. It’s an absolute farce, one that this ghastly NZ government is utterly in thrall to.
P.S. John Key was no better on these issues. Some courageous NZer who wishes to run for the high office of Prime Minister should run on the policy of NZ cutting all ties with the United Nations. It would be a winner issue, but I shan’t hold my breath.
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