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Make a Human Rights Complaint Based on Ethical Belief

It is unlawful to discriminate on the ground of ethical belief in any of the prohibited areas of public life.

That’s the exact line above from the HRC at on their website.

To be unlawful, the discrimination must have happened in an ‘area of public life’ set out in the Act, such as employment, education or government activity.


  • The Police – for breaches of human rights such as privacy, torture
  • Corrections – for knowingly preventing access to work
  • New Zealand Transport Authority – for declining commercial car license passenger endorsement based on “Fit and proper person” check
  • The EACD – for failure in it’s statutory duty to reclassify existing drugs using evidenced based advice
  • Peter Dunne – for failure to represent the Ministry of Health in seeking the best health outcomes for Kiwis

The 2000 amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 brought about the creation of the EACD, a committee tasked with adding new drugs and removing harmless useful crops such as cannabis.

The eight key parameters for consideration are:

1. The likelihood of abuse: Plenty of evidence shows it is not highly addictive.
2. The specific effects of the drug, including pharmacological,
psychoactive, and toxicological effects, have not been studied as the law requires.
3. The risks to public health: Some estimates put the LD50 dose of THC at 92 grams or about 10,000 joints in 15 minutes.
4. The therapeutic value of the drug has been overwelmingly proven.
5. The potential for use of the drug to cause death: again it’s non-toxic.
6. The ability of the drug to create physical or psychological
dependence should be studied.
7. The international classification of the drug in other 36 other
jurisdictions has been overwelingly positive
8. Any other matters that the Minister of Health considers relevant.


What are Human Rights?

Human rights were set out for the first time in 1948, by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that every person in the world should have. There are two main types of human rights – civil and political rights, and social, cultural and economic rights.

Civil and Political Rights

  • The right to life and liberty
  • Freedom of expression
  • Equality before the law
  • The right to be free from discrimination
Social, cultural and economic rights
  • The right to participate in culture
  • The right to work
  • The right to an adequate standard of living
  • The right to education