Thought I’d post this for people’s information, hopefully it helps someone else to make formal complaints. Only at page 7 of report and so far I have 19 pages – 38 pages to go. No wonder I was freaking out about starting it. Kia kaha to us all
11 November 2015
FORMAL COMPLAINT AND REPORT ON ABUSES OF HUMAN, DISABLED, CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS IN NEW ZEALAND by Jayne Routhan, Disabled Civil Society Actor
I write many reports, letters and submissions on the issues and gross miscarriage of justice I experience and witness around me, each one causes me trauma that I respond to with dysfunctional behaviour. With the inhuman living situation I am now in and years of trauma my mental health is now so bad I will regularly self-harm throughout the writing of this report – however self-harming is far better than acting on the now almost continuous thoughts of suicide I am forced to deal with.
The Compounding Complex PTSD I now suffer from is a result of 14 years of medical neglect and ongoing torture, abuse and victimization by NZ government (health, welfare, housing, ACC and justice systems). When our country was taken over by radicalised neo-liberal (capitalist) terrorists in 1984 they set about creating a society that advanced rich and powerful people while persecuting and neglecting NZs disabled and poor. This life-threatening form of PTSD was first recorded in people who had been held in hostage situations for long periods of time. My severe dysfunctional behaviour is not a result of me being mentally ill, as I am not (and have reports to prove this), this is a result of years of degradation, abuse, neglect and persecution at the hands of cruel, corrupt, ignorant, immoral neo-liberal terrorists currently running our country (that includes powerful business people who control our politicians and news media). I am mentally injured, or as the United Nations describe in A/HRC/22/53 (D) I have a psychosocial disability.
Recently I have been reading the 6th Periodic report on Civil and Political rights and I felt this was a good place to start for this report. Anything I have not covered while going through this government report I will include at the end. I have been trying for months to write this report but was too frightened because of my appauling mental health – I can wait no longer as I see the suffering and suicide around me taking its toll.
Introduction – 5.
I am a civil society actor and try my very best to keep up with any formal submissions I need to make to be heard. With all the people I communicate with in the Human Rights area and those who know I am being persecuted to the point of suicide for legally protesting it is very disturbing that I did not see the draft report in 2014. Then I note that it came out only a few days before Xmas, an extremely difficult time for me after being raped at New Year along with the trauma of being violently arrested New Years eve 2014 and the previous year being arrested on my birthday 2 January. A time of year that is difficult for anybody and I am sure this date was chosen to discourage participation and comment.
I know of no other activist in New Zealand (I am on social media every day and am well known to many people for what I do and what I protest about) who is protesting the way I am, getting arrested and dragged through court, or being subjected to the intimidation, persecution and neglect I am. I am not able to work sadly because I cannot get the professional health care and rehabilitation I am entitled to so I spend 12-15 hours per day collecting and disseminating information, writing letters and reports and dealing with poverty, rotting on welfare and being dragged through the justice system.
I am an expert in traumatic stress disorders (which my psychiatrist and psychotherapist will confirm), and well versed in international and NZ laws (ACC, health, disability, criminal, human rights, bill of rights, etc). I live in the darklands of New Zealand rotting on welfare, this is my perspective – which is far broader and real than they myriad of people who make laws, write reports and make submissions. I am particularly critical of NGOs and DPOs who assert themselves as representing disabled people or those with mental health issues. Because of the nature of traumatic stress disorders and the associated violent aspects other disabled groups, including mental health groups, are very reluctant to associate themselves with violence. As a result people such as me are experiencing the brunt of ignorant cruel laws and a society that has put violent people in the position of Jews in NAZI Germany.
I have been insulted and discriminated against by physically disabled people and mentally ill people. Mildly mentally ill people who do not have severe behavioural issues despise those who do because when someone is hurt or killed by a mentally ill person – every mentally ill person is blamed for it. The same as every disabled person on welfare takes the blame for every wrong thing every other person on welfare has done – whether they are disabled or not. I would like the opportunity to tell a court or a judge the experiences I have had with discrimination, they are too many to put in this document, but I need to be heard.
Recently I phoned Tuhoe extremely upset about Mr Kruger’s reasoning for Tuhoe starting a war on welfare dependency. News item… http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11546918 Why would anybody want to start a war on people who are disabled, unemployed and dependent on welfare. I told a relative of his that these people were mostly disabled and welfare dependent for a reason. Also that many of these people would be disabled abuse victims (if the statistics are right about the high levels of sexual and physical abuse by Maori) and I know for a fact mental health services are abusive. The same day Young Nats facebook page had a copy of the story on it, gloating that of course they were right and justifying their hatred of people on welfare. (Note that none of the people who vote National are on welfare and are aware of the degrading hell it has become.)
I would have been abused while protesting about poverty, human rights, mental health etc over 100 times by people telling me GET A JOB BLUDGER. They insult you then walk off, or do it from their cars, they always refuse to stay and find out your story and what you know – they have been radicalised and brainwashed. I am desperate to work, that is why I fight so hard for the health care I am entitled to – so I can go back to work. Why would anybody want to live rotting in poverty on welfare ostracized, despised and discriminated against – the idea that people choose this is an example of people who have been radicalised against the poor.
I am finding this really difficult, especially to get in some sort of order, so I am just going to write. Previously when I do these reports I am often unable to go back and proof read for grammar and spelling mistakes, so I will ask you to ignore these things – and not discredit my entire report because of it. I become severely traumatised and self-harm if I think about to many traumatic situations at one time, this is what happens when you have compounding stress disorders. This is why it is imperative traumatised people are given professional help and have their basic needs met when they experience ongoing trauma, victimization, degradation and discrimination. Please refer to Maslows Pyramid of need – I can confirm that my current environment ensures that none of these needs are met in my case (which is why I am so suicidal, dysfunctional and cannot overcome the unresolved traumas). This is proof that my allegations of inhuman treatment are valid and my complaints of harm and discrimination need to be dealt with through the criminal courts of New Zealand
Back to the govt report on civil and political rights – introduction 7. – This is a lie, New Zealand are not committed to protection of human rights, though are very committed to promoting it. I am currently reading an item on NZ Law Society website by Justice Winkelman about the serious lack of legal representation for poor people, including disabled people like myself fighting the government. https://www.lawsociety.org.nz/lawtalk/issue-878/mind-the-gap-closing-the-justice-gap
Radicalised neo-liberal governments since 1984 have changed a myriad of laws to stop poor people getting health care and justice. I read these laws and usually start crying when I see what successive government have done to undermine our democracy and shift blame for unemployment and social dysfunction onto those that have been made unemployed and traumatised by radicalised economic theories that advance the rich and persecute the disabled poor. (Note I have never met a healthy person on welfare in my life, if not a physical disability, many have psychological issues due to abuse or bad parenting.)
A review by a Royal Commission of Inquiry on the systematic undermining of laws that protected vulnerable poor people and their rights would prove just how corrupt and immoral radicalised neo-liberals have been.
For example, I attempted to privately prosecute John Key under Crimes Act, Crimes of Torture Act and Magna Carta June this year. The judge refused to accept my submission, saying I was abusing the process (Appendix 1) she also said I could not use Sections 39 and 40 of Magna Carta because they had been made irrelevant under Imperial Laws Act 1988. At the height of abuse of power by Roger Douglas and his radicalised supporters. I have read several books about the 4th Labour government, even talked to Laila Harre directly about it. For a brief outline I refer to the Wikipedia explanation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Labour_Government_of_New_Zealand
I tried to return to university study earlier this year, but sadly failed due to ill health and poverty. One of my papers was Economics, some of what was being taught was extremely unethical and I have made complaints about it but been ignored. However one of the things I learnt about economics is NOTHING changes in a drastic way, everything is done in increments – yet these Neo-liberals cut taxes to wealthy individuals by over 30% and wealthy businesses by 12% overnight. Also on my first day we were told that the study of economics was the SCIENCE OF SCARCE RESOURCES. This is an extremely damaging approach and a review of the American textbook we had to use will show they are teaching radicalised neo-liberal economics and not economics in its entirety. For example the book says, there is no such thing as need there is only want – which of course is a lie. There is so much more I could explain about how universities are now radicalising those who study commerce. Appendix 2 is copy of a letter published in Salient magazine by a commerce student, and my response.
This is another lie, National was bought to power in 2008 and conditions for disabled people on welfare have significantly declined. There may have been some small attempt at marketing that these rights were being respected, while government policies and changes to legislation more often were in violation of the Covenant rights.
In 2009 my health care was illegally withdrawn through ACC after National came to power and installed John Judge (member of business round table/NZ Initiative). I had fought 7 years to get the beginnings of a professional rehabilitation plan paid for by ACC, six months into this 2 ½ year plan there was a review and all my care was stopped. I became highly suicidal and almost died, I have won TWO ACC reviews since that time to have this reinstated but still I have nothing as ACC refuse to reinstate the care I had, insisting I follow a plan they created that does not accommodate my religious, ethical and cultural beliefs – where my previous plan had. I will go into this further into this report.
I find it extremely offensive and corrupt that a government report would say something that is such a blatant lie.
The NZ Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill (No 2) 2013 was bought in to stop these families getting all the support they needed. The only reason they introduced it is because they were forced to by the United Nations, NZ citizens had been fighting for years to get this support, after 30 yrs of cuts to the poorest people were causing huge unnecessary suffering.
“the allocation of spending” I will take this opportunity to express my thoughts on the reasoning of any government to choose not to provide the treatment care rehabilitation welfare and justice services the poorest people due to lack of money.
Our legal system and democracy is based on Christian principles of fairness and equality. It is immoral and a terrorist act to suggest that there is not enough money for disabled people’s health care, welfare, justice, housing, etc WHILE the government spends money on extravagant things like elite sports (Americas Cup, rugby, etc), mansions for diplomats throughout the world, flag referendums, wealthy movie studios and other gross extravagances that regularly make mainstream news.
Then there is the $100billion government debt which NZ pays $150 per second in interest to overseas banks (banks that are directly associated with John Key and many others in government). This debt is proof that the government are not fiscally responsible (and yet all their marketing says they are). Since National got in 2008 debt has risen by more than $85billion, they have also given more tax cuts to rich people during this time, while increasing the burden on poor people. The government should have increased taxes to the very rich ($70,000 threshold for top tax rate is ridiculous), who have done extremely well financially from radicalised neo-liberal economic policies, to cover expenditure – for example Christchurch earthquake etc. That they have done the opposite shows they are corrupt, immoral and radicalised. Why would you rack up massive debt and pay massive amounts in interest to foreign banks if you didn’t have to?
I am also at a loss to understand how a government can be allowed to pass on such a massive debt burden to any successor. Why should a left wing government have to pay off the debt of a corrupt irresponsible right wing government? The only reason this country and government are in financial deficit is powerful rich people who control the current government insist in lower taxes.
When Ruth Richardson (radicalised neo-liberal terrorist) cut benefits in the 1990s to create a low-wage economy, overnight the government withdrew $millions from the poorest members of society. This took $millions of dollars out of the economy and had huge flow-on impacts for small businesses, many were shut down as a result. There were protests and ongoing submissions to select committees opposed to this, but from information I have read this opposition was all ignored – democracy was no longer operating.
Any grossly extravagant spending by the NZ government makes me and other people who are struggling EXTREMELY ANGRY. Like when I see the BMWs our government bought at the same time as using the poverty excuse for not providing disabled/vulnerable/unemployed people with their basic needs (particularly safe stable housing). My experience with unsafe unstable housing has been a significant contributor to my appauling mental health, suffering and suicidality – it would be the leading contributor to life-threatening psychosocial disorders in the developed world. Hopefully I will be able to explain what has happened further in this report, at the moment, the thought of talking about it makes me unwell. What I would say is I feel like a refugee in my own country and now I rent, landlords and their agents are some of the most immoral offensive people I have ever met. I want the opportunity to tell the horrific stories I have of renting
17. – The principles of Natural Justice are not applied in regard to my formal complaints of harm and discrimination on the basis of disability. Decisions by tribunals are ignored and the Human Rights Review Tribunal even told me they would not represent me because I had a ‘personality disorder’. I do not have a personality disorder, which is confirmed by Dr Alan Doris and Dr Justin Barry-Walshe, both leading psychiatrists in New Zealand.
Dr Barry-Walshe states in his report I am intelligent, do not have a personality disorder and am not delusional. His report was requested by me & the court during hearings on criminal wilful trespass charges last year. The fact he was asked to investigate if I was delusional for my protests and demands for professional health care and protection (ie a lawyer) indicates the level of corruption, irresponsibility and discrimination radicalised neo-liberals are prepared to go to in order to discredit those they are illegally persecuting.
18. Requirements of natural justice – I recently wrote to the State Services Commission making a formal complaint of a dangerous conflict of interest with the government putting Paula Rebstock as the chair of a committee on restructure of CYFS. Appendix 3 is the letter I wrote. I can’t open the response letter I got (I have communication issues and can’t open a lot of my mail, fear of self-harm with what I might read has created a phobia about it) however I phoned the SSC to ask what the response was. The man I spoke to on the phone laughed and mocked me for even suggesting anybody would listen to a complaint like this from some common citizen when important people in the government had made such a decision.
Paula Rebstock is on the Board of ACC, is well known to promote neo-liberal agenda in all areas. ACC were found to be medically neglectful of the boy who killed Arun Kumar and mental health as well – the very people I am trying to stop from abusing/medically neglecting me. If an intelligent 50 year old can’t get the health care they are entitled to after years of formal complaints, with the support of health professionals, then how is any child going to get it – especially one with a dysfunctional family. What I read in this news report http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11504632 still distresses me. When that boy was hitting his head against the wall at school saying he wanted to kill himself, I knew exactly how he felt – when I think of this it empower me to keep writing and fighting this gross miscarriage of justice.
When I saw the article by Jared Savage I phoned the boys lawyer Maria Pecotic and asked what they were going to do about the boy suffering medical neglect at the hands of ACC and mental health. I was told that she didn’t know that sort of law, so wouldn’t be doing anything. I also phoned the Children’s commissioner as he was waxing on about abused kids at the time, asked him to take a case to the Health & Disability Commission for the boy, or approach the police and have ACC and Mental health prosecuted under Sections 150A 151 and 157 of the Crimes Act, and sections of the Crimes of Torture Act. He did nothing, because like most people, they don’t want to be associated with someone who has become violent due to neglect and abuse (or more correctly Compounding Complex PTSD) – neither did the lawyer I am sure.
If we don’t start holding these corrupt irresponsible negligent health services to account through our justice system then this violence, discrimination and abuse is going to continue. More people are going to become violent as a result – which is already happening according to current violence statistics. Violence statistics that the current government say are coming down, however they don’t tell you that violence is coming down for 80% of people but increasing for those who are victimised the most. Another way the government manipulates statistics to make themselves look good and brainwash/influence people who might vote for them.
19. Prisoners not allowed to vote. Another law that saw violations in people’s human rights. I believe this was necessary for neo-liberals as they knew many more people would be incarcerated because of their cruel immoral inhuman welfare and economic policies. This was another way of discrediting anybody who ‘was driven’ to commit a crime and followed radicalised American neo-liberal ideas. NZ now has the second highest rate of incarceration outside USA, we once had one of the lowest. The ongoing attacks against people who have committed crimes is unrelenting and fuels the bigotry and discrimination against all people who break the law – irrelevant of the circumstances or their mental health status. (Of course a few people get let off crimes when mentally ill – still those people who allowed those situations aren’t held to account.)
I told the judge when defending my wilful trespass charge of Masterton Hospital for protesting that Raymond Ratima (Judds road massacre Masterton) went to 13 different agencies asking for help before he killed those children and others. Not one of those agencies was held accountable and they have gone on to cause a lot more neglect, abuse and suffering in the Wairarapa, which violence, suicide, mental health and crime statistics prove.
Also this case proves the government does not adhere to the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights like it says in other parts of this report. It is also a great shame people cannot use the Electoral Act to have those cruel immoral corrupt members of parliament removed from office. If I can ever get a lawyer and/or have police prosecute the government for Crimes of Torture or under sections 150A 151 and 157 of the Crimes Act, then many members of the current government would have to resign from office. This is what should be happening, because this is the law and the most vulnerable and disempowered people need to be protected from such crimes. I have spoken to many people and I know thousands of people feel our members of parliament are criminals with the way they advance rich and persecute poor.
I hope at this point the people reading this complaint ask themselves why someone like me isn’t working for wages? Considering the trauma caused by ongoing discrimination, victimization and poverty I am subjected to. Just so you are aware I do this work so me and thousands of other mentally injured and ill people get the professional treatment, care, rehabilitation, protection and justice services we are entitled to under ACC, health, disability, criminal, human rights and bill of rights laws – so we can work, have a house to live in and lead a ‘normal’ life. I am fighting for my life, I want to meet my grandchildren and although I have lost hope, I try to keep faith that eventually those in power will see what they are doing is abuse and the rich and powerful will be constrained, while the poor and powerless will get their basic needs met.
21. Compensation for breaches of rights. I have sought compensation for the years of medical neglect that has left me destitute, suicidal, severely dysfunctional, unemployed and ostracized. I have also sought compensation for police for all their visits and their unlawful arrests for my protests, along with Wairarapa DHB See Appendix 4 . Several years ago I served police with a trespass notice as I saw this could be done in a news item – sadly it was ignored, but I would note it is $2000 for a breach of a trespass order. I was also told by lawyer Michael Bott after being acquitted of wilful trespass charges of ACC and Ministry of Health earlier this year that I could get compensation. Of course it would cost me money for the lawyer and I do not know how to do this myself so I have no access to this – as with many poor people.
I was studying law at Victoria before I was hurt and could not return, even though I tried – I couldn’t do it myself and ACC have continuously refused to address my return to education, which I believe I am entitled to under ACC legislation, they refuse to even answer any questions about this. I am assuming because they think only children at school should get education support, something I would like to challenge in court but cannot. I passed five out of six papers before I was hurt, when I have tried to return to education since that time I only passed one out of four papers. I love university, I love knowledge, learning etc it breaks my heart when I read the latest Disability Strategy and the assurance people would have access to education. The NZ government took away the Training Incentive Allowance for women several years ago, the same funding that Paula Bennett herself received her degree under, while living in a state house. It makes me and others very very angry that she did this when she had all the advantages of these human rights instruments that ensured our country had equality.
I find it very upsetting that I am again out on bail awaiting court for another legal protest at ACC – which followed guidelines set out by Judges Kos and Tuohy in their earlier judgements. I have also just heard from IPCA refusing to address my complaint against police for dragging me through court yet again when I am so unwell and they have no evidence to convict me. I have written to the court recently about this Appendix 5 – interestingly I saw the item by Justice Winkelman after this, which confirmed everything I was saying about not being able to access justice because of poverty, a huge power imbalance and disability.
23. Rights of the Child – I find it distressing to reply to this as I know thousands of abused children are being denied the treatment care, rehabilitation, protection and support they are entitled to under ACC laws. The only reason I have not acted on the suicidality I suffer and continued living in such poverty is because of abused children, I know what needs to be done to help them recover and stop them from being abused further (or becoming abusers themselves). On my solutions page on my website www.jrmurphypoet.com there is a business plan and rehabilitation model that if applied as it should be would change the world for thousands of dysfunctional abuse victims. This business plan was based on the ACC legislation, this is what children (and adults) are supposed to be getting and not.
I protest regularly outside the Supreme Court in Wellington and chalk the footpath about what is happening to me and not being able to get a lawyer or justice, have been doing it about five years now (after ACC illegally dumped me from care). The Council wash it off even though I tell them it’s against the Bill of Rights and my right to express myself how I see fit. The people who are sent to wash it off don’t agree with what they have to do, but they are scared and tell me they would lose their jobs if they didn’t do it.
The WCC prides itself in how Wellington is the capital and advances political action – there is a saying on the bridge at Civic Square. The Council should consider the political messages and poetry I do differently than other chalking as what I say is very important but they refuse to look at what I do as anything but graffiti. When making a decision about whether to remove it they should take the interpretation under Bill of Rights and not do it, which is what the Act states. From my dealings with WCC staff, they don’t seem aware the Bill of Rights applies to them.
Last week I noticed that Victoria University had ‘dinner plate’ size stickers made to advertise their courses and they are on the footpath around Wakefield House. They would have cost a reasonable amount of money to produce as they are weather resistant. Chalk is cheap, I can’t get anything I do or experience in the mainstream media, writing on the footpath begging for help and expressing my rage at injustice is one of the only avenues I have. I challenge people, I write poetry and quotes from people like George Orwell, JF Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Shakespeare, Julian Assange, Desmond Tutu. I often write out Magna Carta about the right to justice and a judge to decide on a dispute. Crying again, I believed in the law, now I find only some people have to follow it it makes me really unwell.
In what civil sane society would you wash off quotes, poetry and social comment about suicide, abuse, inequality, injustice and more. I am really upset when my chalk is removed, please check my youtube channel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLn_rYKKufo . Also check out my channel for other videos I have posted.
Constitution Advisory Panel
I attended around five of the constitution conversation meetings, it was extremely interesting and I learnt so much. Did some networking with others, mostly high level civil servants and met Max Rashbrooke for the first time. Discussions included civil servants angry at the way the government refused to accept their advice and kept sending back information requests they didn’t like until the department changed it. They either chose public servants that did what they wanted, put huge pressure on those who had some ethics and often I am sure did not advance or employ people that believed in their radicalised neo-liberal political theories.
It was quite obvious my friend and I were the only poor people at these meetings in Wellington. When I made comment on someone who was speaking people in the room were often shocked, nobody would believe what I was saying about how bad life was living in poverty in New Zealand. This refusal to accept reality permeates everything – which is again why my chalking and protesting is so important. I get severely discredited and abused on social media by radicalised neo-liberals – while getting a lot of support from people suffering like I am, or those who see the suffering immorality and injustice, like Max Rashbrooke.
I made submissions to the panel advising them the government were violating some of the most important constitutional documents. I particularly noted the words of the National Anthem as being one of our constitutional documents and its promise of being free from dissension envy hate and corruption. Appendix 6 . Radicalised neo-liberals have bought gross inequality to our country and created exactly what is promised won’t happen.
I begged them for help with what was happening to me, I was ignored, the focus was on Maori and their rights under the Constitution, it appeared baige coloured kiwis that cared about the vulnerable and the planet weren’t of any consequence. I believe neo-liberals have purposely made as much as they can out of racism in New Zealand as some sort of distraction from the cruel immoral implementation of radicalised neo-liberal political ideas. Polices well known to cause social dysfunction, violence, addiction, teenage pregnancy, mental illness and injured, etc.
It is my contention that in fact people who introduced and expand radicalised neo-liberal capitalist ideas of advancing rich and persecuting poor (denying them jobs & sufficient money to live with dignity) are terrorists and murderers. I ask a lot of people on social media, those really suffering, if they think they are being terrorised by neo-liberal policies that impact on the poorest and most vulnerable and they all agree. As the middle classes and affluent don’t usually suffer this terrorism they refuse to accept it is happening. People want to believe the government do follow constitutional laws and the media don’t seem to challenge them if they don’t.
My only comment about the treaty will be that I believe in the third article. I am also tangata whenua, I am a child of this earth and these stars and I belong HERE – the trees told me that during a particularly traumatic time. My mountain is Aoraki, my river the Hokitika, all pounamu is sacred to me (I know the people who carved my pendant and those of my children), my tree is the Rimu (and Rimu cannot stand alone, which is why my life is a living nightmare). One of the most special songs I have written is called Ngati Ra. A kamatua I heard speak at the 10th Biannual Conference on Child Abuse in 2006 said we are all Ngati Ra and I agree. We are all one people and rich powerful Maori have just as many radicalised neo-liberals leading their people as Europeans and any other race you wish to mention.
It greatly concerns me that many of the people coming to New Zealand to live are from uncivilized countries like China. A culture who do not care for their disabled and poor, are not signed up to any UN human, disabled, civil or political rights agreements. Who persecute and exploit their workers to the detriment of our entire planet (as they took decent well paid jobs from New Zealanders and many other countries). This is another example of economic terrorism, which is illegal in this country.
Have talked to two men outside parliament during protests who told me what its like in China, really interesting to hear it from a person who lives there. One amazing man told me cruel capitalists had taken over when I asked him what was happening with Communism. He also said how much he admired my courage for singing, reciting poetry and having political signs outside parliament under Seddon – he said in China I would be put in jail and possibly killed for protesting about the government. Another told me about disabled people never being seen or they would be abused by people, also that China has lawless cities. This man had travelled a bit (he was an English teacher) and told me New Zealanders were the most friendly and welcoming he had ever met. He said in China nobody would speak to a stranger in the street, if they did the person would run away thinking they were going to be robbed or assaulted. As neo-liberals are trying to create societies like China in New Zealand, we would lose the trust in our fellow man we now have. We want New Zealand to be like New Zealand, not like other countries. I find it distressing to see the government promoting China, telling people all the good things that country does but nothing about the human rights violations. We should not trade with a country that does not follow United Nations declarations on human rights – it is not fair and not ethical.
The idea of providing yet more education on constitutional rights makes me want to vomit. I have attended several education session on Human Rights and disabled rights. At one I sat there and refused to participate because what they were saying was all lies, I knew this wasn’t happening for me and so did the woman who presented it. I believe teaching children these rights and how to participate would cause even more teenage suicide as when they start to move out into the workforce 50% of them will realise none of what they learn is actually true. They will not be able to use their intelligence and many will be stuck in boring jobs with bosses who exploit them – while wealthy friends get good educations and decent jobs. High unemployment has created many terrible employers and the work programmes MSD demand now force people into doing jobs that hate. For example Henergy Eggs in Masterton is well known for being a terrible employer and treating staff very badly – it is also owned by our MP Alastair Scott. Who has refused to see me since he was elected.
I phoned every month for several months before Mr Scott would speak to me and when I told him how bad things were for me and what was happening around me he refused to meet me in person. Said I was abusive, I was telling him about the abuse I was suffering under National and he called me abusive – it was the strangest thing. But on psychoanalysis it is the same thing I have been seeing through New Zealand, with people who have everything they need and more, in denial about the appauling state of our country for the poorest 20% of people – mostly disabled.
Since that time I have sworn at him, when I ‘lost it’ outside his electorate office when he was getting into his car as I was walking past. You see I had this belief that your MP had to meet with you and listen to your issues, whether they did anything about them was another matter. I can’t get MPs to meet with me, they often say they will but then you can’t arrange it, it is very strange. Katrina Shanks did, she tried to help me, failed and then left politics? None of the others will, even though I have sent dozens of emails and letters over the years. I did meet with Trevor Mallard once when I lived in Wainuiomata for a short time last year, he had police called and me removed because I refused to leave until I had finished telling him what was happening to me and that took more than the 10mins he had allocated. He was the rudest man and again in complete denial, he gave me all these scenarios to get help for my issues, all of them I had tried and failed, he refused to do anything more than pass this problem to someone else who couldn’t help me.
Promotion of Rights under Covenant
That is all human rights are in this country when you are someone with a life-threatening psychosocial disorder – promotion and marketing. No actual protection, just promotion, of course this works to deceive and brainwash people (including staff) into believing these rights are not being violated in ever more degrading and abusive ways. Ministry of Justice staff have phoned police on several occasions CONCERNED FOR MY WELFARE who come and intimidate me (not necessarily on purpose) for telling the truth. I will never stop challenging these people until I have my professional health care reinstated, I am compensated for the persecution of the past 14 years, I get the legal representation and protection I am entitled to by law and every other suicidal and traumatised person gets what I get!
Also I had to negotiate through the MOJ website recently and had to have help from someone in the Human Rights department of MOJ. It took five minutes and about 6 different ‘clicks’ to get to the report I am responding to now – I am an intelligent person so I am told, I couldn’t work it out so how is anybody else, especially those being persecuted or with disabilities.
You talk about the Attorney-General, who is a radicalised capitalist, he is also a practicing Catholic, which makes him even more corrupt and mentally disturbed. I’m not a Catholic but Pope Francis is AWESOME with what he is saying at the moment – I thought all Catholics had to listen to the Pope, obviously Mr Finlayson doesn’t do that. Neither does Bill English, another Catholic who chooses to advance rich people and persecute poor people. Pretty sure the Bible doesn’t say that!
I noted following my attempts at private prosecutions of John Key to get the help I am entitled to the judge made comment that any prosecution under Crimes of Torture Act requires the approval of the Attorney-General. Refer Appendix 1 Hardly an option when he is part of the group who are terrorising you, which I advised Judge Davidson of. I havn’t got the time at the moment to research when this requirement was made law, wonder if it is since 1984?
All changes to welfare laws that were neo-liberal austerity against the poor, while marketed to society as REFORMS are against NZBORA. I have been rotting on welfare for 14 years, my current case manager is awesome, she knows how degraded I am by the process that the government have created. Forcing disabled people (many dysfunctional abuse victims) to repeatedly apply for jobs when there is so much unemployment is cruel immoral degrading torture. People are killing themselves and mentally injured, which is why 30% of the people who commit suicide are on welfare! I see it, around me all the time, I want to tell you about a friend of mine who attempted suicide a few months ago, that was kicked out of her house not long after, who is supposed to be coming to live with me. The story is too hard at the moment, but again I want the opportunity to tell it to SOMEONE! The numbers of disabled suicidal people having to support other disabled suicidal people is a violation of Human Rights laws. People with disabilities are supposed to be safe and protected. I have had three people attempt suicide I lived with in past 2 years – I can’t go on. Please give me the opportunity to tell this story and what happened to those people – they never got help I can assure you. Which is why I know mental health services are abusive and unprofessional and all the propaganda about there being professional health care are lies (hypocrisy).
37. I will be sending a copy of this report to the NZ Institute of Judicial Studies, who have obviously allowed the judiciary to discriminate against and persecute an entire sector of citizens disabled by mental injury and illness.
Human Rights Commission
I researched the Paris Principles and what an A status entailed, I will be sending this report to the ICC Sub-committee on Accreditation, there is no way New Zealand should have this status. The Human Rights Commission and government have obviously been lying to these people – I find that a lot with reports about human rights and justice issues.
A rich powerful man I cleaned for for a while (Graeme Tulloch of Tulloch’s machinery – Act/National party supporter) who was an international businessman told me once that every country’s workers are known for something. New Zealand workers were known for covering things up when they made mistakes – this is what is happening in our government at the moment, this is a negative aspect of our culture and it has got to stop.
39. I agree that the majority of input is by organisations and not individual Civil Society Actors. The latest Disability Strategy makes allowances for DPOs but not for people like myself as a CSA – there is good reason for this. Most NGOs and DPOs receiving funding from the government and are therefore in a position where they are easily corrupted. A lot of this corruption is created because of high unemployment and the every present threat of jobs losses and cuts – which is the threat of losing your home and means to live with dignity. And the more the poorest people suffer, the more threat to people who work – because they do not want to end up unemployed and poor in this revolting country.
Also I have been participating for years in some of these processes and have been ignored. Also participated in the Owen Glenn Inquiry into child abuse, several government inquiries, including funding of sexual abuse services, the Auditor-General audit of ACC last year – which was a total whitewash and much more. Have done a very angry and emotional protest at the Auditor-Generals office earlier this year, was removed by police in handcuffs and trespassed. Lyn Provost promised me she would help me, she lied, I have another complaint before her at the moment refer Appendix 8. The basis of which is how ACC are acting as Health Providers and not health funders when they refuse me the treatment care and rehabilitation me, my psychiatrist, counsellor and doctor say I need.
I was trespassed from Health and Disability Commission several years ago for protesting when they refused to investigate my claims of neglect and abuse because the health professionals doing it were from ACC. They are right, ACC laws say they are a funder not a health provider, ACC also passed legislation on the Code of Claimants Rights (which HDC based on), rights that nobody can use. When I tried to make complaints under Code several years ago I was sent a letter on Xmas eve telling me I was a liar and none of the Code had been breached. The letter was sent three weeks after they told me it would take six weeks to reply, I only opened it on Xmas Eve thinking it was about something else. I was severely traumatised, as Xmas/New Year is a difficult time for me due to the rape and being ostracized by my family for being unemployed and unwell.
Since then I have developed a phobia about opening mail, I have dozens of letters I cannot open from ACC and many others. Thankfully many people accept it and we use other ways of communicating, like telephone, texting etc (my WINZ case manager Tina understands and I phone her when I get mail I can’t open so she can tell me what’s in it). My expectation, when I ever have my health care reinstated by ACC, is my Occupational Therapist and mental health worker will help me with this – which is what they did in 2009 when I was receiving care from ACC (that was illegally withdrawn). ACC have been unable to find a OT who will provide me services, they all refuse apparently – that is because of serious corruption of contractors to ACC. There needs to be a criminal investigation into bullying and corruption with ACC health contractors. It is well known that ACC withdraw funding and clients from contractors who don’t do what they say.
I have had an Occupational Therapist I was supposed to be working with quit when I asked for my care to be reinstated as it was before (in 2009). She said things like, I’ll have to ask ACC about that, I’ll have to check if ACC will allow that, when I got upset with her she hung up the phone. I didn’t even know she had quit for months, I just never heard anything, ACC said they were going to find another Occupational Therapist but told me they couldn’t. The reviews I won through Fairway Disputes Resolution both said my care was to be reinstated – I looked up the dictionary definition of reinstate and its doesn’t mean reinstate some things but not others.
40. The New Zealand government have in fact undermined the protection role it has in human rights in this country, mostly through cuts in funding – that is how radicalised neo-liberals inflict harm on society. An activist colleague in America told me that is the strategy in their country and as New Zealand is strongly influenced by American policies it is no surprise it is now being used here.
The changes of course were to strengthen the promotion aspect of Human Rights while debasing the protection role and it has worked very well. This is why I am continually arrested for my protests, have police regularly sent to my house for ‘welfare checks’, am refused help by Ombudsman, Human Rights Commission & Tribunal, Health & Disability Commission, Auditor-General, cannot get a lawyer to represent or protect me, politicians, government ministers, my Member of Parliament, etc etc. If I had money I would be able to get a lawyer, but I am kept destitute by refusal of ACC and others to reinstate my professional care from 2009 and mental health services refusing as well. There are avenues through WINZ but they are for people with mild mental health issues and when I tried to use them were useless. The Occupational Therapist at WINZ I tried to deal with was very young, very stressed and very unprofessional – I felt sorry for her. Hard to deal with someone who knows more about Occupational Therapy and a persons rights to health care than she did.