Thursday, 24 November 2016

New Zealand child abuse report killed off

"A former Human Rights Commissioner is accusing the government of killing off a critical report on the way it handled hundreds of cases of children abused in state care."

"The report was written when Ros Noonan was Chief Human Rights Commissioner in 2011..."

"In 2009 the UN Committee Against Torture raised concerns about how New Zealand handled historic abuse claims. In 2011 the Human Rights Commission launched a review."

"Ms Noonan said the draft report recommended an independent inquiry be set up. She did not think the Ministry for Social Development was impartial enough to handle victim's complaints."

"Attorney General Chris Finlayson replied in a letter that he disagreed and the ministry was fair and impartial."

"Ms Noonan believed Mr Finlayson was motivated by fears an independent inquiry would expose the government to liability."'shut-down'

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