One person to welcome UN “rapporteur” Rodolfo Stavenhagen’s UN report is Race Relations Commissioner, Joris De Bres.
De Bres says he is “hoping that when the final report comes out next year it will apply some of the knowledge available internationally to see how we can take these problems forward.”
He adds “we should value the opinions and not be afraid of them because they come from overseas, and the issue now is what we should do about these problems.”
It is not surprising that De Bres supports Rodolf the Red’s report, because our beloved race commissar also has a Marxist background.
According to a booklet on unionism De Bres penned a few years back: (at Auckland University in the ’60s) “I took part in protests against the Vietnam War, the SIS, the nuclear arms race and nuclear power, racism and Apartheid.”
In 1969 de Bres studied at the Free University of West Berlin, “I studied Marx, Engels and Lenin, Marcuse, Rosa Luxemburg, Frantz Fanon, and modern German writers of the revolutionary left. Students saw their hope for revolutionary change in an alliance with the working classes, through radicalised trade unions. They had nearly pulled it off in Paris in 1968.”
In February 1972 de Bres attended the “World Assembly for Peace and Independence of the Indo Chinese People” held in Paris. representing the Wellington Committee On Vietnam. The Conference was organised by the Soviet Front, World Peace Council. While New Zealand troops were fighting in Vietnam, Joris de Bres presented a letter of solidarity to Quong Ming, ambassador to France of the provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam (that is the communist goverment in waiting).
Back in NZ De Bres was active for many years in a wide range of socialist causes: the Citizen’s Association for Racial Equality”, the Maoist publication “The Paper”, CORSO, NZUSA, PSA, OXFAM etc etc etc. When it came to choosing someone to advance racial harmony in NZ, the Labour government had an ideal man in Joris De Bres.