25 September 2016
Mr David Rutherford,
Human Rights Commissioner,
Dear Mr Rutherford
It is understood that the Commission made an oral submission to the Parliamentary Health Select Committee on Wednesday 21 September 2016. It is reported that the Commission’s chief legal advisor, Janet Anderson-Bidois said that it was neither a green light nor a red light. “It is very much an orange light. It is a proceed with caution if you can safely do so.”
I am writing to express our deep disappointment and grave concern at the stance taken by the Commission. The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights, Article 3 states, Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. The preamble to the Declaration proclaims;-
“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” The New Zealand Bill of Rights also upholds our right to life.