A poster with photos and details of four rapists with the heading “Beware Mohammed” has been plastered on a transformer at a busy Hamilton intersection.
The poster is not illegal, because the details are factually correct.
However, Canterbury University dean of law Ursula Cheer said there may be grounds to lay a complaint to the Human Rights Commission on the possibility of inciting hate speech.
The headline would also incite racial issues for innocent Muslims living in the area, International Muslim Association of New Zealand president Tahir Nawaz said.
“Whoever created the poster is judging all Muslims, all those who follow the Prophet Muhammad, for the actions of four men. That’s not fair and not very good.”
The poster, which is glued to a transformer near the corner of Alexandra and Collingwood streets in the CBD shows the pictures of convicted men Abdirahim Sheik Mohamed Guled (Mohamed Guled), Keyse Aiwi Abdi, Mohamed Essa and Mohammed Sahib.
All but Essa were working for taxi companies at the time of the offending. Essa posed as a taxi driver.
Cheer said that the case would be difficult to argue in any court.
“If it’s factually correct and the convictions were quite recent, I think that there probably won’t be a defamation issue and there probably won’t be a privacy issue,” Cheer said.
“Saying beware of Mohammed at the top could arguably be a form of hate speech. It could be argued that it is having a go at Muslims generally. There’s legislation under the Human Rights Act that is aimed at hate speech. It’s very hard to succeed with a complaint under that, though.
“You have to go to the Race Relations commissioner at the Human Rights Commission and make a complaint and the threshold is very high. You have to show a deliberate intention to degrade a group of people.”
“Everyone would assume that a conviction is a public document and that therefore means it’s information that is already out there and you can publish it as long as you’re accurate. I would agree with that, too.
Cheer said the poster could also be seen as racist.
“That’s the other possibility, if it is seen as a possibly racist poster. If the four men are in jail, then what is the point of the poster?
“The main risks are: defamation first, if the facts are wrong; possibly privacy, but it doesn’t seem likely in those circumstances; and possibly hate speech, but it’s quite hard, as I say, to cross the threshold there.
Nawaz said it would be difficult to lay a complaint to the Human Rights Commission because the author of the poster is unknown.
“Those that have done the crime have been judged by the justice system. Why are they targeting others? This will disrupt the community.”
Police were not aware of the poster, but once told said they will not investigate it.
Auckland is becoming very different from the rest of New Zealand and quite unique globally, not just in its relative size but in its cultural and business diversity.
The ‘City of Sails’ is already one of the world’s most diverse cities with 40 percent of its residents born overseas.
The city features two large Asian populations, Indian and Chinese, as well as a medium-sized Korean and Filipino community and migrant populations from the UK, South Africa, and Pasifika. These new New Zealanders have brought a diversity of food, sports, media, religious beliefs, languages, and attitudes – and that’s changing how businesses develop and grow across the city too.
According to New Zealand’s first Indian Sikh MP, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, a National List MP based in Manukau East, this increasing diversity will help power the growth of the city as well as the wider New Zealand economy.
Kanwaljit points out that many of the people living in south Auckland have come from enterprising cultures. Both the Chinese and Indian communities have a reputation for entrepreneurship based on family businesses. With 95 percent of New Zealand businesses being SMEs, it’s no wonder that many dairies, corner shops, restaurants and food outfits across the city are run by newcomers.
“Most New Zealand companies are SMEs. They are the engines of the economy. If we can help them succeed the country as a whole succeeds and there is no doubt Auckland’s business diversity is a great strength that is now coming into its own.
“You only have to look at the results of the Auckland region’s business awards to see the diversity of Auckland’s successful business community on display,” he adds. “I was at the Westpac South Auckland Business Awards in October and many of the awards went to ethnic family businesses.”
A man will be deported after he stabbed his boss at a Taranaki takeaway last year.
About 4.40pm on October 16 Junda Zhou, who worked at the Broadway Fast Food bar in Stratford, attacked his employer with a knife.
The summary of facts said the 48-year-old “flew into a fit of rage” after being asked by his boss, the victim, to perform a “simple task”.
This request enraged Zhou, a Chinese national, who grabbed a large knife and went after the victim.
“The defendant lunged at the victim with the knife and tried stabbing the victim in the torso.”
The summary stated the victim tried to get away from Zhou, but the defendant made repeated attempts to stab him in the torso and neck while yelling out that he was going to kill him.
During the attack, the victim was wearing a double breasted chef’s coat, which prevented the knife from penetrating his clothing.
However, the victim suffered a superficial injury to his neck and chest, caused by the tip of the knife. He also received a deep defensive wound to his left hand, caused when he was trying to fight off Zhou.
Last Thursday Zhou was jailed for six months and his removal from New Zealand is imminent.
Forty percent of Germans want Chancellor Angela Merkel to resign over her refugee policy, a poll shows.
It is a sign of rising dissatisfaction with her welcoming stance towards people fleeing conflict and economic hardship in the Middle East and Africa.
Merkel, who enjoyed record high popularity ratings early last year, has grown increasingly isolated in recent months as members of her conservative bloc have pressed her to take a tougher line on asylum seekers and European allies have dragged their feet on the issue.
The three ruling parties — Merkel’s Christian Democrats, their Bavarian allies, and the SPD — are eager to show voters that the government is in control of the refugee crisis before three state votes in March and a general election next year.
A dispute over tighter immigration rules has nonetheless been straining the ruling coalition.
Merkel has also faced criticism from other European Union countries for her stance on migration, including from Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi who she meets later on Friday.
A man described as “cooking up” stories about Indian workers being violently treated so they could gain refugee status has been sent to jail for two years.
Justice Robert Dobson described Kulwant Singh’s actions as “critical” in arranging false refugee applications.
Kulwant was charged alongside Jaswinder Singh Sangha and Satnam Singh in a trial described as New Zealand’s first human trafficking case.
Dobson sentenced Kulwant to two years one month imprisonment for his “critical” involvement in the crime.
Jaswinder Singh Sangha was sentenced to 10 months home detention and 300 hours’ community service.
During the trial the court heard from 11 Indian workers. They said they paid Jaswinder Singh Sanga and his brother large sums of money to help them live and work in New Zealand. Once in Blenheim Jaswinder Singh Sangha directed them to Kulwant Singh, an interpreter who worked for an immigration lawyer in Auckland. Kulwant created false stories about being subjected to violence in their homeland to improve their chances of gaining refugee status in New Zealand, the workers claimed.
The court heard that Kulwant had told them to lie in their interviews with the refugee status branch, and the workers paid Kulwant for his help.
Justice Dobson described Jaswinder Singh Sangha’s role in the crime as “the initiator” and that he encouraged the workers to participate in the lies.
He said the Refugee Status Branch was sensitive to the criticism that false claims could attract and this was considered in his sentencing of the men.
Crown prosecutor Mark O’Donoghue said Singh Sangha and Kulwant had “made a mockery of the whole refugee status process” and that the workers were “foreigners in a strange land”.
Stand Against Slavery chief executive officer Peter Mihaere questioned whether Singh Sangha’s sentence would deter people from entering the country under false pretences in future.
“Without fully understanding the judgement by Justice Dobson I find the home detention and community service for Jaswinder Singh Sangha a perplexing result. The whole case has left me pondering a series of questions and the outcome today only adds to that list. I imagine those questions will only be answered outside the courtroom,” he said.
He said while the brothers were found not guilty on the human trafficking charges, it would be “naive” to think trafficking doesn’t happen in New Zealand.
“Rightfully or wrongfully this little battle was lost, but it is the tip of the iceberg and we must expose this issue here in New Zealand with every available resource to us,” he said.
Oscar Wilde only penned one novel. One he didn’t likely imagine as allegory for future American politics. Though given sufficient time to germinate, every moral of man’s frailty eventually finds purchase in life.
Wilde, the once married but frequently homosexed playwright and poet, produced The Picture of Dorian Gray in July 1890. Only God knows whether the rise to preeminence of neoconservatism almost exactly a century later was intended as divine trolling. Though the coincidence probably shouldn’t be discounted. Regardless, the story’s titular character–a vision of the author’s personal aspiration–was a handsome and charismatic aesthete. A young man who, eschewing morality, comes to find fulfillment only in self-indulgence.
At some point Gray poses for a full-length oil portrait, and afterwards contemplates its permanence against his own fleeting physical beauty. Determined to a maintain a lifestyle of amoral licentiousness into perpetuity, he trades his soul so that he will age and wither only in the portrait. And so he does. His face eventually becoming a ravaged monstrosity in its secreted away painting. The moral scars of vice, venality, and deceit written only to oil. He peddles lies abundantly, perhaps most generously to himself. Though in the veil of sunlight, he remains a man of unblemished attractiveness.
The legacy of enslavement in the United States of America remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to recognition and reparations for people of African descent, a United Nations expert panel has said today at the end of its second official visit* to the country.
From 9 to 29 January, a delegation of the UN Working Group of experts on people of African descent visited Washington D.C., Baltimore, Jackson- Mississippi, Chicago, and New York City to address current concerns, and assess progress made in the fight agains racial discrimination, Afrophobia, xenophobia, and protecting and promoting the human rights of African- Americans.
“Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights of African Americans today,” said human rights expert Mireille Fanon Mendes France, who currently heads the group of experts.
However, they expressed serious concerns about the police killings, the presence of police in schools, and violence targeting the African American community with impunity and racial bias in the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and the criminalization of poverty which disproportionately affects African Americans.
During its eleven-day mission, the Working Group’s delegation heard from civil society, researchers and families of victims of police killings about racial discrimination and Afrophobia.
They also promoted the International Decade for People of African Descent, which runs from 2015 to 2024 and aims both to highlight the contribution of people of African descent tosocieties and strengthen national, regional and international cooperation to ensure the human rights of people of African descent are respected, promoted and fulfilled.
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