April 05, 2021
501s stand up for rights in prison
A lawyer for the prisoners involved in January’s Waikeria riot says the protest blew up because prisoners who have served time in Australia know their rights.
Sixteen prisoners has filed for High Court action against the Attorney-General and the chief executive of Corrections for breaches of their civil rights, the Treaty of Waitangi, the Corrections Act 2004, and the United Nations rules on the treatment of prisoners.
Janet Mason says the so-called 501s who were deported from Australia are more familiar with their basic human rights and their rights under UN regulations.
“That’s why they have been called troublemakers because they will be talking with the others in New Zealand and saying ‘actually you have a right to this and you have a right to that and you should complain and you have a right to complaint forms and you have a right to clean water and you shouldn’t be put in solitary confinement for this long,’” she says.
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