Open letter to New Zealand Government regarding NZDF deployment to Iraq

Letter by HRLA executive
Summary by Nirupa George

Yesterday, 16 April 2015, the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) sent an open letter to the New Zealand Government.

The HRLA urges the New Zealand Government to ensure that the NZDF’s military contribution to conflict in Iraq focuses on the protection and promotion of human rights.

The HRLA is calling upon the New Zealand Government to consider withholding NZDF troops’ involvement in training the Iraqi defence forces until it is able to independently verify that human rights abuses are not ongoing.

New Zealand needs to be a human rights leader in this area.

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