The government today announced a series of initiatives in response to recommendations to the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Terrorist Attacks at the Christchurch Mosque.
These actions will promote inclusion for all New Zealanders while recognizing and responding to the diversity of values that are brought to our community.
Governments will support our diverse communities by:
– created the Ministry for Ethnic Communities
– founded the Ethnic Communities Postgraduate Program
– provided comprehensive services to 51 Shuhada families and others affected by the attack
– establish a National Center of Excellence to focus on diversity, social cohesion, and prevent and combat violent extremism
– piloting support for young children to improve their self-organization, resilience and social skills
Governments will address hazardous behavior and discrimination by:
– established the Te Raranga Police program, The Weave, to respond to incidents of hate and hate crimes
– Strengthening the capacity of the Commission on Human Rights
– Implement early intervention to prevent terrorism and violent extremism through the Multi-Agency Intervention and Coordination Program
– Make changes to the sedition provisions in the Human Rights Law, including changing protection against discrimination to explicitly protect trans, gender diversity, and intersex
– Expanding Safer Community Funds
“Some groups in our community cannot access the same opportunities as others, and experience discrimination, racism and risks to their safety. This government is committed to ensuring that everyone feels safe, that they belong, are valued and can contribute, ”said Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities.
In response to 30 recommendations, this Government will establish the Ministry of Ethnic Communities. The new ministry will replace the Ethnic Communities Office and will enhance the position and mana of the agency, increase its leadership in the public sector and give it a greater capacity to carry out the work in progress to better support and respond to needs. our diverse community.
“With these actions, we are laying the foundations for a better future, and a fairer and fairer New Zealand,” said Minister Priyanca Radhakrishnan.
In response to recommendations around increasing representation in the public sector, the Government will launch the Ethnic Communities Postgraduate Program. This will provide 30 graduates over the course of 18 months meaningful first employment opportunities in Public Service and the opportunity to incorporate broader cultural competencies into the public sector.
In addition to this postgraduate program, a National Center of Excellence will be established that will bring together academics, civil society and government to research prevention of radicalization, social cohesion in the New Zealand context, and guide the work of policy bodies across government.
Formation Weave, weave
today was welcomed by the Minister of Police, Poto Williams.
“The Royal Commission of Inquiry is very clear about the need to improve response and registration of hate crime incidents. Name Weave, weave chosen to reflect the need to bring people, whānau, and communities together to reduce incidents of hate crimes and incidents of hate, ”said Poto Williams.
“Weave, weave will also adopt a victim-centered hate crime approach and work with partners to develop restorative justice options for victims, communities, and those who cause this type of harm.
“This program will enhance frontline practices for identifying, recording and managing incidents that are motivated by hate crimes and hate crimes,” said Poto Williams.
Multi-Agency Coordination and Intervention Program
The Multi-Agency Coordination and Intervention Program will work to prevent terrorism and violent extremism as early as possible, said Police Minister Poto Williams.
“Those identified by the Program are expected to receive tailored and comprehensive support to escape from harmful influences, and direct their behavior away from violent extremism and acts of hatred,” said Poto Williams.
“Interventions include addressing vulnerabilities, such as risk of suicide and self-harm, mental health and disability needs, alcohol and drug problems, poor education and limited or no job opportunities.
“We want early intervention to be preventive by increasing social inclusion in our society, and proactively responding to harmful behavior,” said Poto Williams.
Strengthen the law against incitement of hatred
The Minister of Justice has confirmed the Government’s intention to strengthen laws related to hateful activity and incite hatred against individuals or groups.
“Speech that is harsh or threatening and incites hostility towards a group or person can cause significant harm,” said Justice Minister Kris Faafoi.
“In line with the recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry, the Cabinet has approved a number of steps to improve provisions in the Human Rights Act (1993) relating to sedition.
“The government intends to establish an engagement process with community groups to discuss these changes.
“New Zealand is a diverse country, and that diversity is our source of strength. Our community is full of insights, skills and opportunities because so many different people call New Zealand home, ”said Kris Faafoi.
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