New Zealand has been named by the British government in a list of countries where Brits have been unlawfully killed (murder or manslaughter) since January 2015.
In an article headed More than 400 Britons killed overseas since 2010 the UK’s Daily Mail reports that an increasing number of Britons have been killed overseas, with more than 400 deaths since 2010…
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the deaths in 2015 have taken place in 22 countries.
The data, which represents the number of killings which have come to the FCO’s attention rather than all overseas deaths, emerged in Parliament after Labour MP Alex Cunningham submitted a written question. He asked Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond: “How many British nationals were murdered abroad in each year since 2010 and in which countries those deaths took place?”
In reply, Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood said: ” The Foreign and Commonwealth Office only captures information about cases that come to our attention, rather than holding definitive information on the total number of UK nationals who are victims of murder and manslaughter overseas.”…
” In January 2015, the FCO established a new dedicated team to lead on murder and manslaughter cases. “These cases have occurred throughout the world in the past five years.
“Since January, deaths have occurred in Afghanistan, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Ghana, India, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, USA, and Zambia.”
The independent New Zealand Institute once ranked New Zealand 5th in a list of 30 OECD countries for its high murder rate (New Zealand’s current rate is 1.2, four times higher than the UK’s rate of 0.3, source OECD Better Life Index), according to the NZ Herald:
“The murder and manslaughter of about 100 people a year makes New Zealand one of the most violent countries in the developed world, according to a new independent report.
New Zealand has been given a “D” rating on a report card prepared by the New Zealand Institute, because of its high rates of violent deaths and child abuse.
This weekend, the United Nations Human Rights Committee expressed concern at New Zealand’s high rates of child abuse, and recommended the Government encourage reporting of suspected abuse, and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.
According to the New Zealand Institute, only Mexico, Finland, Hungary and the gun-toting US have higher “assault mortality” rates in the 30-member OECD, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development…”
‘Killer’ Nation’s underbelly of General Crime and Violence
As if in response to the above report the Herald told the story of Harry Young, who moved from East Lancashire to New Zealand, looking for a better life for his family. Much the same as Mr and Mrs Templeman did and whose daughter Liberty was murdered by a 14 year old youth in Kerikeri in November 2008.
Harry’s daughter Jane, 16, was one of two young women murdered in the Edgeware Road killings, Christchurch 3 years ago. Lipine Sila was sentenced to life with a minimum non parole period of 17 years for their deaths. Mr Young gave told the NZ Herald they’d moved to New Zealand to:
“escape worrying levels of crime, drug abuse and violence in a society he felt was full of social unrest.
He chose “100 per cent Pure” Godzone to live, because of its billing as a safe paradise to raise a family and “to get away from it all“.
Now he feels he made a terrible mistake.
“New Zealand has an underbelly of general crime and violence and social practices that’s not really known about,” he says.
The 50-year-old’s view of his new homeland has been changed by his daughter’s horrific murder…
Harry Young says his friends and family overseas view New Zealand as a dangerous place after Jane’s death and are now also aware of tourists being “raped and robbed” too.
He says the Corrections Department is failing and should be renamed. Offenders just spend time with other criminals and emerge worse than when they went in… “