- Key Focus Areas
- Enquiries and Complaints
- Human Rights
- The Treaty
- Disabled People
- Race Relations
- International & UN
- Office of Human Rights Proceedings
- 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
- Mental illness and human rights
- Disabled Childrens Right to Education
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the first human rights convention of the twenty first century.
New Zealand signed the Convention on 30 March, 2007 and ratified it 26 September, 2008. New Zealand’s first report on the implementation of the Convention was submitted to the United Nations in March 2011.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities gives voice, visibility and legitimacy to disabled people and their issues in New Zealand and the rest of the world.It is aimed at protecting the dignity of persons with disabilities and ensuring their equal treatment under the law including the right to health services, education and employment.
The CRPD in New Zealand is overseen by the Ministry of Social Development (Office for Disability Issues).
The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted 13 December 2006 and allows for an individual complaints process. This has not been ratified by New Zealand.
In New Zealand it is estimated that one in five people have a disability. Worldwide there are at least 650 million people with disabilities.
Download a copy of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities here.
The Commission has produced a short resource in plain language setting out what the Disability Convention is and what it means for disabled people in Aotearoa. It is available in a range of accessible formats. Find out more.