- Key Focus Areas
- Enquiries & Complaints
- Human Rights
- The Treaty
- Race Relations
- Disabled People
- International & UN
- Office of Human Rights Proceedings
- Disability complaints booklet
- Disabled People’s Rights Reports
- Te Urunga Award for inclusiveness
- International Day of Persons with Disabilities
- Previous work
- Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Background on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- What is the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?
- Making disability rights real: monitoring the Disability Convention
- CRPD Links and Resources
- Perspectives on the Convention
- Mental illness and human rights
- Disabled Childrens Right to Education
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the first human rights convention of the 21st century.
In late 2011, the Commission released The Wider Journey: The Rights of Disabled People which provided information on these issues and invited feedback. The Disabled People’s Rights reports have brought this information together, and include sections on the New Zealand context, international best practice, and recommendations for the future.
A plain language guide to making complaints, written especially with disabled people and their families in mind is available.
The Human Rights Commission will be presenting Te Urunga Award to support inclusiveness for the second time at this year’s ASB Polyfest. The award will be presented to the cultural group displaying the most inclusive practice in a creative performance at the festival.
The Commission in conducting an inquiry into the use and promotion of New Zealand Sign Language as an official language of New Zealand. The focus is on working with key government agencies to explore and address issues relating to effective and accessible service provision for NZSL users.
The Disabled Children’s Right to Education report was in response to complaints and issues raised with the Commission.
If you suspect you or someone you know has been treated differently because of mental illness, the Human Rights Commission can help.
Guidelines on Insurance and the Human Rights Act (2006-7); Inquiry into accessible public land transport (2005-2008); Korowai Whaimana human rights education programme (2001-2007).