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We're concerned about the stories we are hearing – Disability Commissioner

Posted by Philip on 24 February 2016, 1:22 pm in , , , , ,

The Human Rights Commission's (HRC) Disability Commissioner, Paul Gibson, replied to me today regarding Immigration NZ (INZ) and its discriminatory stance against migrants with unique function/disability/access needs. He said the HRC is concerned about the stories it is hearing and is aware that the actions of INZ contravene United Nations' principles. (Refer to my previous posts here and here.)

In the HRC's monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which it does as part of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) along with the Ombudsman and the Convention Coalition of Disabled People’s Organisations, he said, "we haven't given much attention to date to article 18 on freedom of movement and nationality, which specifically mentions immigration. We will be mentioning it to our IMM partners when we meet next week, and to the Office of Disability issues and Minister of Disability Issues in upcoming meetings."

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Decision polarity and the space in-between – reflection on the Charley Hooper situation

Posted by Philip on 30 October 2015, 8:07 am in , , , , , , , ,

I am concerned by the ethical argument brewing between the parents of Charley Hooper — who have finished a series of surgeries and hormone therapy to contain her growth and development — and disability/human rights advocates like Disability Rights Commisioner Paul Gibson — who has said the procedure was "unnecessary" and "inconsistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)."

The Hoopers say they have "no regrets" about stopping the growth of their daughter — who "has less control over her body than a newborn, with no head control and no purposeful movement of any limbs. She is blind and does not recognise anyone, including her parents." The procedure has also stopped Charley from having 200 seizures per day and has resulted in her smiling for the first time.

Gibson is calling for a law change to protect the rights of disabled children as a result of the Hooper situation. But whose call is it to define the "rights" and "protection" of children in circumstances such as this?

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Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill — a chance to change entitlement to worth

Posted by Philip on 9 September 2013, 11:03 am in , , , , ,

Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty spoke in the Budget Debate on the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) on Tuesday, 28 May 2013, saying:

"The New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) ... was forced through the House, as part of the Budget. I think the reason it was forced through under urgency, as part of the Budget, is that probably very few support parties could have stomached it if it had not been. It is a unique bill. The Budget has allocated $23 million per year for 3 years for perhaps 1,600 families, who can be paid less than all other carers, who can only be paid for 40 hours' work a week, and who basically, if they are not able to get that funding and want to complain about any aspect of the Government's new policy, will be unable to because there is a discriminatory clause in the bill.

"A most extraordinary discrimination has been entrenched in this bill, and it has been commented on far and wide. That is why I have called the bill the "Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad, Shut Up Bill", because that is really what it is about. The only reason there was any money put aside for this in the Budget is that the Government had lost in every court in the land. The Government did not do it to become internationally recognised as people who really like to defend people. The Government did it because it could, and it is wrong."

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