Human Rights? Or Human Wrongs?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was a milestone document in the history of human rights. Issued by the United Nations General assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948, it sets out fundamental human rights to be universally protected. New Zealand was one of 51 countries to sign the United Nations Charter in San Francisco on June 26, 1945. Following are excerpts (abridged) from the proclamation, stating clearly our government’s obligations.

Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

Article 2. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.

Over the last 30 years successive NZ Governments have passed legislation granting a minority of citizens special rights and privileges based solely upon distinction of race and birth. This legislation pertains to “Treaty Rights”, referring to a document that originally united all New Zealanders as one people and included the phrase “guarantees to all the chiefs and tribes and to all the people of New Zealand”.

Clever lawyers, academics and historians have ignored the reference to “all the people” and presented interpretations implying that the Treaty was for Maori alone, even claiming that in certain cases they are exempt from English law. The Maori race that signed the Treaty no longer exists — only diluted descendants sustained by periodical re-definitions of what is a Maori?

Either we live by the above noble principles of equal human rights or eventually perish as a divided nation.

United we stand, divided we fall.

Mitch Morgan, Northern Advocate, Kaipara