What is going on at Immigration NZ?

Gulalai Ismael

We all know about Lauren Southern’s problems getting a visa to come to New Zealand. It appears that Immigration New Zealand initially responded to fake media claims that she had been banned from re-entering the United Kingdom. She has not been banned from the United Kingdom.

In allowing her visa to be issued, the Minister for Immigration Ian Lees-Galloway expressed his distaste at her “repugnant” views, but admitted that the Immigration Act sets a high bar for excluding people, and Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, of course, came nowhere near it.

Their “repugnant” views are often anti-Islamic. Lauren Southern, in particular, warns that Islamic treatment of women has spilled over into western host countries, causing enormous problems for women in those countries, including sexual assault, sexual grooming and barbaric practices such as female genital mutilation.

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Female Genital Mutilation

Lauren Southern is absolutely right. We have seen what is happening in Europe, and it both saddens and sickens me to think that our Minister of Immigration finds those views “repugnant”.

Then this article was published by Stuff: Quote:

A prominent international human rights activist has no idea if she’ll be able to attend an international conference in Auckland following lengthy delays with her visa.

Critics say Immigration New Zealand’s slow response to keynote speaker Gulalai Ismail’s application is shocking and embarrassing.

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU)  is meeting in Auckland in early August to discuss projects and policy. It campaigns against human rights abuses, particularly from religious influences, and has representatives at the European Union and United Nations. End quote.

Those “religious influences” are almost exclusively Islamic. We all know that. But, we always thought that New Zealand was a world leader in human rights. Is that not correct? Quote:

Gulalai Ismail from Pakistan has been campaigning since she was 14 for girls’ rights to education and women’s rights. She has faced death threats and been attacked more than once, but continued her work from outside the country, Humanist Society of NZ president Sara Passmore said.

Ismail’s visa application was made after mid-April, but has not had confirmation it has been granted, and two Immigration offices had given contradictory answers about its status. Another board member had been denied entry, one was still awaiting an answer, and another was initially denied and only granted a visa after a lawyer interceded. End quote.

I have nothing but admiration for people like Gulalai Ismail, because speaking out in her home country invariably puts her at enormous risk. She is a champion of human rights in countries where women are oppressed, and yet she wants to come to the country that was the first in the world to give women the vote… and she can’t get a visa.

And she is not alone. Quote.

A woman who campaigns for sex education in Uganda was denied entry because Immigration NZ deemed her at risk of overstaying, and a man who is part of a group starting schools in Uganda is still waiting to find out if he will be granted entry, months after applying.

Nigerian Leo Igwe​ just finished a PhD in Germany, and arrived in the country this week. He said he was not given a reason his visa was declined initially, but after doing extensive international travel it was a surprise, and he believes it is likely because he holds a passport from a poor country.

“One of the major issues the world is facing today is religious extremism, and no other organisation I know has a mission that can help the entire world tackle this issue,” he said. End quote.

I do not believe for one second that his visa was declined because he comes from a poor country. There is no risk of him overstaying. His work makes him high profile, and also requires him to travel extensively. That simply cannot be the reason. Quote:

Considering New Zealand markets itself as a destination for international conferences, the process had been embarrassing, and a waste of time, union campaigns director Bob Churchill said.

“For some of those applying this is a rare opportunity to meet and talk in solidarity… in particular those from countries where simply being non-religious is regarded as a social affront and they are marginalised.

“Holding this conference in New Zealand we hoped this would offer a temporary sanctuary in a tolerant country.” End quote.

So, what exactly is going on?

The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand was very vociferous in opposing allowing Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux to speak in Auckland, and Phil Goff caved to its pressure. Is it possible that the federation is behind the denial of visas in these cases as well?

I am racking my brains to think of another reason why these people would not be granted visas. The one thing they all seem to have in common is that they are trying to help the world to deal with the problems of religious extremism.

A conference that champions women’s rights in Islamic countries and tries to teach how to deal with the effects of religious extremism would appeal to the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand about as much as Lauren Southern does. Because, essentially, both events are talking about the same thing.

You can bet your bottom dollar that the federation will not be happy about that at all.

Phill Goff and anti-semitic, misogynist, hate-speech preacher Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib

Phil Goff and disgraced Imam Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib

We all know about the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand’s influence over Phil Goff. He has demonstrated that he is its slave. Is it possible that Immigration New Zealand is under the federation’s thumb as well?


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