AN OPEN LETTER FROM OUR NATIONAL DIRECTOR, MARIANNE ELLIOTT:

Tonight I will be speaking about New Zealand’s response to ISIS on a panel at Parliament. Other speakers on the Diplosphere panel include H.E. Mouayed Saleh, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to New Zealand, H.E. Jonathan Sinclair, British High Commissioner to New Zealand and Terence O’Brien Former NZ Ambassador including to the UN Security Council.

The event will take place in the Grand Hall of Parliament this evening, starting at 6pm with registrations open from 5.20pm and you are welcome. It will be hosted by Mark Mitchell, chaired by Patrick Gower, and recorded by Radio New Zealand.

I will be speaking both in my capacity as a human rights expert with experience in Afghanistan, and as a representative of the ActionStation community and all of you. One of the ways I want to represent the ActionStation community is by letting everyone know how many New Zealanders disagree with the Government decision to send troops to Iraq.

I want to represent you and many others like us is by challenging the narrative put forward by John Key that the only options facing New Zealand were to send troops or do nothing. Through my own research, I’ve identified a number of other options that were available to us (right), but I’d love to also hear your suggestions. Please take some time to share your views using our submission form.

Yours in service,

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