Free Speech Coalition update: Litigation progress & UN Migrant Pact protests

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Patrick Corish
Free Speech Coalition

Happy New Year. As things begin to start back up in government, the Free Speech Coalition is continuing the fight for free speech and debate in New Zealand.

Auckland Council / Phil Goff Litigation Update ??

Last week we paid the High Court scheduling fees to secure our day in court regarding our case against Phil Goff and Auckland Council on the legal question of whether a mere threat of violence justified the council and Mayor to deny Aucklanders the right to assemble, seek information, and freely expresses themselves under our Bill of Rights Act.

Our legal team tell us that the substantive hearing is set down for two days beginning 2 September. We understand that this is a while away, but unfortunately, that is how slow the litigative process is in New Zealand. At least it gives us plenty of time to prepare our case.

The next step in the proceeding is Auckland City Council?s revised statement of defence, which is due mid-February.

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UN Migrant Pact Protests 

While they are not being coordinated by the Free Speech Coalition ? and as an organisation we do not have a stance on immigration ? given the free speech implication of the government?s signing of the United Nations? Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, you may be interested in attending one of the UN Pact Protests on 2 February 2019 at 4 pm.

The protests will take place in:

  • Wellington (corner Courtney Place & Taranaki Street)
  • Christchurch (at Cathedral Square)
  • Auckland (at Aotea Square)

The rain date is 9 February 2019 4 PM.

Objective 17 of the Compact encourages signatory nations to pass laws and regulations punishing ?hate crimes? towards migrants. It does not define ?hate crime?. We worry that this opens opportunity to define it in wide terms catching speech that is remotely dissenting towards immigration policy.

Further, the Objective pushes for ?objective? news tailored to educating the public on the ?real? pros and cons of migration. The Compact suggests achieving this by ?sensitising? the news and by using correct ?terminology?. This works to censor the real opinions of New Zealanders and prevents all sides of the issue from being equally heard.

43 countries have refused to sign the UN Compact. These include the United States, Australia, Italy, Israel, Brazil, and Switzerland. The protests are about New Zealand’s decision to sign.

Thank you for your support and for making this work possible.