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- Queenstown taxi driver courageous – Human Rights Commission
- Emma Watson Gives A Powerful Speech at U.N. About Gender Inequality
- Changing face of New Zealand should be reflected in mainstream media newsrooms – Race Relations Commissioner
- More woman at the top table means better outcomes for NZ
- Speech given by Chief Commissioner David Rutherford to Tenants Protection Association (Christchurch)
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- More work to be done by New Zealand to fully realise the rights of the disabled
- Fair travel for support workers removes an existing injustice
- #RainbowLaces campaign against homophobia in football kicking off this weekend
- Board Members Wanted for Auckland Refugee Council
- Race Relation Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy’s opening speech at the New Zealand Diversity Forum, 24 August.
- HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out about humiliating treatment
- Commissioner Jackie Blue’s address ‘Women’s rights are human rights’ to BPW Franklin
- Human Rights Commission condemns violent hate attack on gay Wellingtonians
- Human Rights Commission welcomes investment in Christchurch’s children
- Woman censured for using Kia ora should contact the Commission
- Dame Susan Devoy’s speech to open Islam Awareness Week: 18 August 2014
- The Right To Work: Young New Zealanders in South Auckland
- Islam Awareness Week for all Kiwis – Human Rights Commission
- We have a lot of work to do – Race Relations Commissioner
- Human Rights Commission proud to back peace call from Kiwi interfaith leaders
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Important to protect and promote languages
The Commission has submitted to the study on the role of languages and culture by the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People (EMRIP). The Commission says language and culture are indivisible, as language contains, and allows for the expression of culture.
The effective promotion and protection of languages requires four components:
- a clear strategy agreed between indigenous peoples and the State
- Indigenous community commitment and action
- State financial support and a legislative and institutional framework; including official recognition of indigenous languages
- wider community acceptance and recognition of the right to language.
It is important for National Human Rights Institutions to promote the right to language for indigenous people as an integral part of their general advocacy for human rights.
A draft of the Expert Mechanism’s study will be finalised in early April 2012 in preparation for the Expert Mechanism’s fifth session in July 2012. For further information on this study.