Keith Locke’s submission to the NZ Parliament on the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill

[As presented in person to the Justice Select Committee, 30 April 2018] Summary I am strongly opposed to this Bill, and I urge the Select Committee to reject it. The Bill violates the right of Members of Parliament to free speech and the freedom of political association. These are fundamental human rights guaranteed in theContinue reading Keith Locke’s submission to the NZ Parliament on the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill

Keith Locke: Party-hopping bill is a restraint on MPs’ freedom of speech

[An opinion piece published in the New Zealand Herald, 10 January 2018.] The bill before Parliament to stop party-hopping has been misnamed. The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill should be called the Party Conformity Bill because it threatens MPs with ejection from Parliament if they don’t conform to party dictates. Personal political integrity will be constrained,Continue reading Keith Locke: Party-hopping bill is a restraint on MPs’ freedom of speech

Amnesty International Human Rights Defender Award 2012

On Saturday 12 May I was most humbled to receive from Amnesty International the 2012 Human Rights Defender Award. There were many other strong nominees (see below). I thank the many people who have sent messages of congratulations since I was given the award. Amnesty International Honours Unique New Zealander Sunday, 13 May 2012, 10:25 amContinue reading Amnesty International Human Rights Defender Award 2012