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Thursday 11 August 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Opinion


LETTERS: Human rights of inmates

Dear Editor, let me explain the situation implied to the subject, human rights and boys behind bars (Establishment of Human Rights Institute proposed, Cook Islands News, August 9).

If you can recall that within the Judiciary system, upon spoken to by the law enforcement officers, there are certain rights that were spoken to you by the officers for whatever crime that you committed. After that your human right life is in the hands of your lawyers. Those rights cannot be revoked except by one person or twelve elected people.

If the outcome goes against you, all rights and privileges will be stripped off you. All human rights against you will be in the hands of correction officers to the day you get released. Therefore, for you to remain within your human rights environment do not enter into the boundaries of the law.

Taruia Ringiao


Editor’s note – According to the United Nations Human Rights: “All prisoners shall be treated with the respect due to their inherent dignity and value as human beings. There shall be no discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

Air fares and holiday

Plan in advance people, hard to get rental vehicles at the moment, Sunday is a rest day for most so you won’t find many places to eat out. You have to be a marketing statistics professor to work out if our Vodafone deals are actually deals, keep your data off or your top up will disappear because you spent a couple minutes scrolling Facebook, so get a plan. Bring an insulated water bottle with you (or support local and buy one from Te Ipukarea Society), some ice and water will keep you hydrated all day without buying bottled water. Most importantly, enjoy having nothing to do, don’t come to the Cook Islands with high expectations to be entertained, the best thing we have to offer is the space and time for you to switch off, sleep, swim and do nothing.

Linda Ruamoana


Open the market to Qantas, Singapore, Japan airlines, America, Air Tahiti Nui etc to compete with Air New Zealand. Not only we will get more tourist but far cheaper fares. Fares to NZ and return are ridiculous. Start marketing and building local resources to cope.

Te Mana