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EEO Commissioner Jackie Blue: ERA amendments a mixed bag

The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. Read more…

Latest diversity news and events

View this month’s diversity related news and upcoming events. Read more…

Chief Commissioner David Rutherford: Governments must protect their citizens but not at the expense of their rights

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford comments that actions that States take to protect their citizens against terrorism must be done in a way that balances protecting our right to life as well as our other freedoms and rights. Read more…

In The Know Land Hub

The In the Know Land Hub is a new public education space where residents can get information to better understand the changes to the flat land in their neighbourhood and across Christchurch. Read more…

The Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand

On October the 28th New Zealand celebrates 179 years since the signing of the Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand. Read More…

New Zealand’s National Plan of Action for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

The Human Rights Commission is the lead agency for the coordination and development of the National Plan of Action for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (NPA) following the review of New Zealand’s human rights record by the United Nations in 2013. Government, civil society, Iwi and business will all be involved. Read more here.

Impressions of the New Zealand Diversity Forum: The Business of Diversity

A month ago we tasked two students with attending the #NZDiversity Forum and capturing their impressions of the event. This report from Alice McIlhone covers day two’s action paying particular attention to the role of business in promoting diversity. Read more…

Emma Watson Gives A Powerful Speech at U.N. About Gender Inequality

Actress and newly-appointed U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered a powerful speech at the United Nations headquarters to help launch the HeForShe gender equality campaign. Check out a transcript of Watson’s speech by following the link. 

Impressions of the New Zealand Diversity Forum: Speeches from community leaders

A month ago we tasked two students with attending the #NZDiversity Forum and capturing their impressions of the event. The first report from Kirsten Marsh on the speeches given by community leaders at the event. Read more…

More work to be done to fully realise the rights of the disabled

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission noted data, accessibility, building a people-driven system, violence and abuse, and education as key areas where New Zealand is falling down on realising the rights of the disabled under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Read our submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

More woman at the top table means better outcomes for NZ

Saturday’s general election is likely to bring one or two fewer women in to parliament than we have now. Kate Sheppard and other suffragettes around the world fought hard to get the vote for all women, 120 years on, this still hasn’t resulted in equality in the House of Representatives. Read more…

#RainbowLaces campaign against homophobia in football kicking off this weekend

Football players across the UK will be wearing rainbow laces this weekend (13-14 September 2014) to show their support for the LGBT community. Read more here.

Making disability rights real

Making Disability Rights Real is the 2nd report on how well NZ is doing implementing the Disability Convention. It  highlights barriers preventing disabled people from fully realising their human rights and provides recommendations to address these issues. The report is written by the Convention Coalition (representing 8 disabled people’s organisations), the Human Rights Commission and the Ombudsman. Read the report here.

Fundamental Freedoms In The Digital Age

“Ultimately this is an issue of trust – the trust of the people. If the trust of the people in the intelligence services is undermined, those services will be less able to do their work for the people. This trust is strengthened by oversight that the people have confidence in.”

Read more about our submission to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Learning Te Reo: One Word At A Time

As Māori Language Week nears, Race Relations Commissioner and Māori language student Dame Susan Devoy says that we should look to our kids for inspiration. Read more here.

El Alamein: The Fight For Freedom, Democracy And Human Rights

Chief Commissioner David Rutherford remembers those who served in the first battle of El Alamein in July 1942 and what they were fighting for. Read more here.

UN Human Rights Council Resolution – A Win For Internet Freedom

The United Nations Human Rights Council with the support of more than 80 co-sponsoring states – including New Zealand, has adopted a resolution on the Internet and Human Rights. Read more here.

Human Rights begin at Home

Home is central to our dignity, our control over our own lives, our sense of safety, wellbeing and community, and our emotional, psychological and physical health.  Access to adequate housing is one of the key human rights issues identified in the Commission’s report Monitoring Human Rights in the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery. The report makes a number of recommendations which the Commission is facilitating, monitoring and reporting on the responses to. Read more on the Commission’s Canterbury monitoring report here.


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Being a ‘Good Employer’

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue talks about what it means to be a ‘good employer’ in her latest blog. Read it here.

The Treaty and UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Commision has produced a video resource to raise awareness of the international human rights standards associated with the Treaty of Waitangi based on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Iwi leaders have been filmed reciting the articles of the Declaration in both Te Reo Māori and English. Watch the clips here.

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The Right to Sign: New Zealand Sign Language and Human Rights

The Commission has concluded its  inquiry into the use and and promotion of New Zealand Sign Language as an official language of New Zealand. Click here to find out more. 

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