Transforming Justice Foundation

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    Petitioning The House of Representatives, Minister of Justice

    Remove the right to silence for anyone arrested/detained on a charge of child death/abuse

    Children are dying in our country on an average of one every five weeks. A lot of the time the offender will not speak up, as was the case when the Kahui Twins were murdered and in several child deaths since the Kahui Twins case.  We would respectfully request that section 23 (4) be amended to have the following section (4) (c) added. Section 23 of The New Zealand Bill of Rights act states (4) Everyone who is— (a)arrested; or(b)detained under any enactment—for any offence or suspected offence shall have the right to refrain from making any statement and to be informed of that right. We would respectfully request that section 23 (4) be amended to have the following section (4) (c) added and worded as follows (4)Everyone who is— (c)detained or arrested under any enactment—for child homicide or child abuse offences or suspected offences shall have the right to refrain from making any statement removed as is the case if any Citizen is detained for questioning by the Serious Fraud Office. Most of the time the victims are dead and never have a voice and this must stop and stop now. The public of New Zealand thinks it is inappropriate that the right to silence can be removed for matters pertaining to fraud but when it comes to crimes committed against children who have no voice the offender can remain silent.          

    Transforming Justice Foundation
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