Amnesty International has told the United Nations that New Zealand is continuing to discriminate against Maori through the Marine and Coastal Area Act.
The organisation made a submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights meeting in Geneva. [...] Every few years New Zealand gets looked at. This is its third assessment.
In a submission, Amnesty says the Marine and Coastal Areas Act was intended to replace discrimination against Maori in the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Act.
But Amnesty says the new act is also discriminatory, because the customary interests it promotes exclude the right to exclusive occupation, preventing Maori from excluding the public as freehold owners can.
It notes former Attorney General Hon Simon Power agreed with this view, but justified it as a balance between the rights of Maori and the general public.
I find it odd that Amnesty International would take a stand on the issue of indigenous land rights. I find it odd because when the time came, Amnesty International was not prepared to support others who had taken a stand on indigenous land rights in 2004 when the predecessor (Foreshore and Seabed Bill) legislation was going through.
When I was facing sedition charges I emailed the NZ chapter of Amnesty and they did precisely nothing. Zippity do dah - nought. Zero. Like it wasn't happening. Like all that media somehow never reached them. They had their chance and they failed. They failed to protect human rights in this country and they failed me.
So forgive me when anytime those precious Amnesty people in this country announce that they've made some important statement or other that I just don't give a fuck.