Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Denied justice but not financial assistance?

From Radio New Zealand:
The Government is rejecting suggestions Maori are being unfairly targetted in the police or corrections systems the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell has described as institutionally racist.
A visiting United Nations delegation says the Government needs to investigate why a systemic bias against Maori is evident in the country's criminal justice system.
The delegation, which reports to the UN Human Rights Council, says any bias against Maori leading to their incarceration more than other New Zealanders constitutes arbitrary detention and is illegal under international law.

If half of New Zealand's prison population being Maori is due to "systemic bias" against them, is a third of the benefit  population being Maori systemic bias towards them?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't it be "bias by Maori" rather than "bias against Maori?" The latter implies that some "external force" is responsible and that "it's not their fault; they're the victims, you see..."