Donors slam Red Cross

Newshub reports: hang onto your hats: quote.

The New Zealand Red Cross is facing criticism online for its support of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact for Migration – with many users threatening to pull donations.

On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced New Zealand would support the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

The agreement, consistently supported by the Green Party but vehemently opposed by National, creates non-legally binding conditions for countries to “enable all migrants to enrich our societies through their human, economic and social capacities,” according to the UN.

The announcement came after Mr Peters took legal advice confirming New Zealand’s sovereignty would not be compromised by adopting the agreement.

“The Government would not support the UN compact if it compromised New Zealand’s sovereignty or could in any way take precedence over our immigration or domestic laws. But the compact does not do that,” said Mr Peters.

Despite the legal advice from Crown Law, Mr Peter’s decision has been heavily criticised by some online concerned about the Compact’s effect on New Zealand’s migration settings. end quote.

Why sign up to it if you are going to ignore it? We are not going to ignore it. We are going to bend over for it. Just watch. quote.

That criticism has extended to the New Zealand Red Cross, which on Wednesday tweeted support for the Compact after Mr Peters announced his decision.

“This is great news. The Global Compact for Migration is a rare opportunity to develop a new approach to migration that is more effective and human, protects dignity, and saves lives,” the tweet said.

In response, some users tweeted that they would no longer donate to the charity, which helps with everything from refugee programmes to Meals on Wheels, to aiding in the aftermath of natural disasters.

“No more donations from me, this is the last straw,” said one user, while another noted: “We are substantial donors to you. It’s a family tradition. It ended as of today”. end quote.

Charities have become more and more politicised over the last few years. It is a shame from their own point of view, because conservatives, who are always vilified by charities, are the ones with the most money to donate. You might think that the charities would realise that, but no. These days, they don’t just take our money. They also tell us how to live. quote.

New Zealand Red Cross’s general manager for migration, Rachel O’Connor, told Newshub that the charity was “surprised but not concerned by the negative reaction”.

“It is only a small number of people, and we know Kiwis on the whole care about ensuring all people who are migrating have access to humanitarian assistance, protection, health care and basic services.” end quote.

You hope it is only a small number. Quite honestly, it is probably much more than you think. I stopped donating to the Red Cross years ago… along with the Salvation Army, Oxfam and Save the Children. If I am going to donate, I want to be sure that my money does not go into political activism… which is why I hardly donate any more. quote.

One of the principles the Red Cross says it stands for is “neutrality” – a point one Twitter user noted in response to the charity’s support.

“In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature,” the charity’s website states.

But Ms O’Connor said the Red Cross is “in the business of saving lives and alleviating suffering, both here in Aotearoa and overseas”.

“That is why we support this compact – if the actions in it are implemented, we believe it has the potential to save lives.” end quote.

Maybe. Maybe not. It also has the potential to devastate the lives of many of your donors as their countries are overrun by migrants who are opposed to their way of life.

Charities like the Red Cross used to do a lot of good work, and perhaps they still do, but they lost their neutrality a long time ago. Time to see it for what it is. The Red Cross is nothing more than a bunch of activists. If I want to give money to a political outlet – which I don’t, by the way – it won’t be them.

It won’t be any activist outfit. I learnt my lesson a long time ago, with Greenpeace.