This page has links to do with the rights of refugees.

Should New Zealand Take More Refugees

Grant Bayldon, Executive Director, Amnesty International being interviewed for TVNZ’s Q+A on whether New Zealand should take more refugees. Click here to view.

New Zealanders urged to share the peace and welcome refugees

The Human Rights Commission says New Zealand can help its own citizens and also provide refuge to people escaping violence and war. Click here to view.

Human Rights in New Zealand 2010: Rights of refugees – Tikanga o nga tangata rerenga

In this link, a section focusing refugees in the report prepared by the NZ Human Rights Commission is available. The 14 page document is very comprehensive and gives fantastic insight into NZ’s progress on this issue up until 2010. You can access it here.

The United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees

What has become known as the Magna Carta of international refugee law, The United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, was adopted by the General Assembly in 1951. The Protocol to the Convention was adopted in 1967. New Zealand ratified the Convention in 1960 and has also ratified the Protocol. Key facts relating to the Convention can be found here. A more detailed discussion of the Convention and Protocol can also be found here.

Te Ara Encyclopaedia of New Zealand: Refugees

A history of refugees who came to New Zealand and government policy on refugees is available here.

New Zealand Immigration Act 2009

Zealand is obliged by international law and domestic law to protect persons who have a well-founded fear of persecution if returned to their country of nationality or habitual residence. A person recognised as a refugee or protected person in New Zealand, or who is a claimant, may not be deported under the Act unless specifically allowed for under the Act or the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. You can read the legislation here.

Refugees, Security and Human Rights: Working out the Balance

This 27 page essay byJustice Susan Glazebrook looks at the way in which the following issues have been dealt with by the NZ courts: the use of classified information in decision-making; the conflict that arises between the right of the state to protect its security and the right of individuals to be free from arbitrary detention and the balancing of the protection of NZ’s security with the obligation of non-refoulement and the protection accorded to individuals under international instruments. You can download the pdf here. 

Detention of Refugees in New Zealand Law: Striking a Balance Between Refugee Rights and National Security

This 30 page essay the author examines New Zealand’s international obligations regarding the detention of Refugees and how these are implemented domestically. You can read the pdf here.


The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Red Cross NZ Refugee Services

Amnesty International: Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Immigration NZ: Refugee and Protection Unit

The Refugee Council of New Zealand

The Office of Ethnic Communities

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