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The politics of saying sorry: Making good on intentions


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The NZ Human Rights Commission has addressed the New Zealand prime minister, asking for an independent inquiry into abuse of people held in state care – for a public apology and for redress. The Confidential Listening and Assistance Service was mandated in 2008 to listen to the stories of New Zealanders who were abused, neglected or had concerns about the way they were treated in state care before 1992. A recommendation in their 2015 final report was that the government provide “a public statement to the people of New Zealand about what happened to those who suffered abuse and neglect in state care and acknowledge the wrongs of the past.” This call for an inquiry and public apology was an echo of similar requests made over the years by many iwi, political and social service leaders. It continues to be made and has never happened. This blogpost is a description of the issue and calls for action.

Item Type: Journal item
Uncontrolled Keywords: truth and reconciliation commissions, public apologies, historic abuse in state care
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
Depositing User: Deb Stanfield
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 06:42
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 04:40

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