The inconsistency and hypocrisy of Susan Devoy

Dame Susan Devoy hand-wringing friend of MUslims

Dame Susan Devoy hand-wringing friend of Muslims

Since Susan Devoy’s appointment, she has been a disappointment. It was predicted by the left-wing, thinking she was a right-wing plant but the opposite has been true.

So she has become a disappointment to all but the Muslim community, that is. And even then there will be ‘moderate’ Muslims who are grossly disappointed as they cannot speak up because she’s shut them down with “terrorism has no religion”. The more radical Muslims will love this and they’ll also love her statements about overseas events:

Below is a list of statements she’s made about incidents overseas this year:

09 June – “The Human Rights Commission has urged a New Zealand-based exchange organisation to work with a Dunedin teen who missed out on a year-long home stay in Japan because he is a Muslim.”

21 March – Says there’s anecdotal evidence of an increase in Islamophobia in NZ amid the rise of attacks overseas by Islamic State and New Zealand’s involvement in the war is “not going to make my job any easier”

“If you think there’s 51 million people displaced in the world now with the crises that are happening, particularly in countries like Syria, then that’s what we should really be doing.”

05 Nov – “The Human Rights Commission is concerned for the wellbeing of vulnerable Muslim Kiwis, some of whom are being wrongly targeted and blamed for things they are not responsible for and have vehemently opposed…Dame Susan issued her statement on the day Prime Minister John Key said the Islamic State was recruiting New Zealanders and five were fighting in Syria.”

14 Nov – “The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand issued a joint statement tonight with the NZ Human Rights Commission in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in France and Lebanon.”  

Below is a selection of incidents she has not commented on this year:

05 Jan, Egypt: Bombing of an apartment complex

06 Jan, Turkey: Suicide attack at a Police station

07 Jan, Paris: Attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo

09 Jan, Paris: Attack on a Jewish supermarket

12 Jan, China: Axe and bomb attack in Xinjiang

15 Jan, Copenhagen: Attack on free speech and a synagogue

23 Jan, Philippines: Car bomb at a pub

20 March, India: Attacks at the border with Pakistan

01 April, Kenya – Slaughter of Christians, separated before execution, at a school

11 April, Thailand: Car bomb on Ko Samui

03 May, USA: Shooting at a draw Mohammed event

07 July, Kenya: Shooting of Christians in a quarry

17 Aug, Thailand: Bomb blast in Thailand

Sep-Oct (specifically), Israel: Any of the dozens of attacks on Jews in Israel

17 Sept, Germany: Stabbing of a police officer in Berlin

02 Oct, Australia: Shooting in Parramatta

Dame Susan stands with the Muslim community against selected incidents that weren’t even against Muslims.

I bet the Egyptian, Turkish, Jewish, Chinese, Danish, Filipino, Indian, Thai, Israeli, Christian, German, Australian, and most other Kiwis feel somewhat unsupported.

For someone who has a role to fight bigotry and discrimination, she is looking rather hypocritical.

For someone who is charged with valuing diversity, she seems rather undiverse when it comes to things outside NZ. Makes one think how genuine she is about the issues in NZ.

Is it time for a new Race Relations Commissioner?


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