"I will write to Justice Minister Mark Burton urging the repeal of New Zealand's sedition laws but only if 20 other New Zealanders will do the same."
Deadline to sign up by: 11th May 2007
53 people signed up (33 over target)
Country: New Zealand
The law of sedition is an archaic crime which criminalises "exciting disaffection" against the government. In the past it has typically been used as a tool of political persecution, claiming among its victims Maori and labour leaders, conscientious objectors and pacifists, and those seeking Samoan independence. After lying dormant for over fifty years, the law was recently revivied to prosecute Tim Selwyn, and now seems to be being used as a "catch-all" offence in the place of more appropriate (but harder to prove) charges.
The law was recently reviewed by the Law Commission, who recommended repeal. This was backed by a coalition of four minor parties: United Future, the Greens, the Maori Party and ACT. Justice Minister Mark Burton says that this is a sign that repeal has wide support - but we should not leave him in any doubt. So, I'd like people to show their support by writing to him urging that the law be repealed.
Hon Mark Burton
Minister of Justice
(No stamp required, so all this costs is time, paper and an envelope).
If you need background information, the Law Commission's report can be found here:
More information on the law of sedition, its application in New Zealand, and its victims can be found at the following links:
I've set a target of 20 people, but remember that you can sign up even after a pledge has met its target. The more people who write, the stronger the message it will send.
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