Human Rights in New Zealand

22-12-2014 - Many care residences not monitored for ill-treatment

Type: Media Release

Chief Commissioner David Rutherford says that while most places of detention are monitored for ill-treatment, there are many, such as locked aged-care facilities and community-based homes for disabled persons, which are not. Thousands of New Zealanders in detention or in other places where they do not have freedom of movement are vulnerable to human rights […]

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19-12-2014 - UNCROC public consultation – have your say

Type: Event, Partner News, Submission

The Ministry of Social Development would like to announce the opening of public consultation on New Zealand’s Fifth Periodic Report (Report) under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). New Zealand is due to report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) by 5 May […]

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18-12-2014 - Education programme about the Disability Convention is being developed for disability support service staff

Type: Partner News

The Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) is currently developing an education programme about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability Convention) for staff of disability support services. The programme will incorporate a human rights curriculum grounded in the Disability Convention with a pan disability focus. There will be scope to […]

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17-12-2014 - Dr Jackie Blue: Business and Human Rights

Type: Blog

I recently attended the third conference on Business and Human Rights in Geneva which is based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (adopted in 2011 by the Human Rights Committee). The guiding principles (also known as the Ruggie principles) are a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of […]

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12-12-2014 - Sexual Harassment Guide

Type: Other

What is sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is unwelcome or offensive sexual behaviour that is repeated or significant enough to have a harmful effect on you. The Human Rights Act makes this unlawful when it occurs in: employment education or any other areas covered by the Human Rights Act. Examples of sexual harassment You may have […]

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09-12-2014 - OPCAT Annual Report Released

Type: Media Release, Report

On 9 December 1988 the United Nations General Assembly approved the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment which states that ‘All persons under any form of detention or imprisonment shall be treated in a humane manner and with respect for the inherent dignity of the […]

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08-12-2014 - Commission condemns hateful prayers

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission has condemned an Auckland man who recently said he would be praying for a gay rights activist to commit suicide. “New Zealanders who preach hate and violence are fundamentalists, they are extremists and they are the problem,” said Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley. “Hatemongers who attack gay Kiwis need to know […]

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05-12-2014 - Public Sector Equal Employment Opportunity: We have a lot of work to do

Type: Media Release

The Human Rights Commission says we have a lot of work to do following the release of the latest report into the human resource capability of New Zealand’s public service. “It’s disappointing to see little progress in equality of opportunity in our public service,” said EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. “New Zealand’s changing face needs […]

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03-12-2014 - The International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Type: Opinion piece, Statement

Clearly more government action is needed to provide New Zealanders with disabilities the human rights they deserve. New Zealand ratified the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2008 but disabled people continue to experience serious discrimination.  All over the world, disabled people are not experiencing the human rights most other people […]

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28-11-2014 - Support for Blue Print call for a stand-alone agency

Type: Media Release

Human Rights Commissioner lead on family violence, Dr Jackie Blue welcomes the Glenn Inquiry, ‘The People’s Blue Print’, which places at its heart that being safe and free from violence is a fundamental human right. The blue print follows on from ‘The People’s Report’, which detailed the powerful stories of 500 domestic violence victims, frontline […]

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