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Human Rights Commission



Race Relations Day 21 March

This year’s theme is “I am Aotearoa New Zealand…te ranga tahi, together we grow.” There are many different ways of being a New Zealander, but we all belong. Tell us what makes you a New Zealander, celebrate the day, join in events around the country, order our poster, and join in our schools poster competition. Click here to find out more.

Cover image of Monitoring Human Rights in the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery image of fireman launching paper memorial boat at Brooklands farewell

Making sure people count in a disaster

On Human Rights Day, the Commission released a report which outlines the human rights challenges raised by the Canterbury earthquakes, and makes 33 recommendations to improve access to adequate housing and health services, and to help business make a positive contribution to human rights. Read more on the Commission’s Canterbury monitoring report 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.


Operation 8: A human rights analysis

The Commission released its report on Operation 8 today, which concludes that human rights were not protected and that more should have been done to support innocent people. We also make five recommendations on how these negative impacts can be minimised in future. Read more on the Commission’s Operation 8 analysis here

UPR 13/14

New Zealand underwent its 2nd cycle Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday 27 January in Geneva. Click here to read what other countries had to say about New Zealand’s human rights record

Two photos of a woman signing

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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