for speaking out about being repeatedly singled out and searched by Customs when returning from overseas.
This is a common complaint from NZ residents and citizens of Arab origin.
As Abraham said on radio this morning, “many people are being victimised, but don’t speak”. Since becoming a citizen Abraham has felt more confident to speak out.
Listening to Abraham this morning I was concerned to hear that he hadn’t yet got his computer back from customs – four days after they seized it.
It is quite wrong for a New Zealand citizen to have their computer snatched by Customs and its contents inspected unless there is real evidence of serious criminality – which seems extremely unlikely in this case.
It’s good that Abraham has gone to the
Human Rights Commission
for a thorough investigation of all the civil liberties issues this case throws up.