Making disability rights real: monitoring the Disability Convention

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disability Convention) focuses on the human rights of disabled people. The Disability Convention recognises that disabled people do not generally have the same access to human rights as other people do. It calls on governments worldwide to remove barriers preventing disabled people from participating fully in society. The Government has agreed to implement this convention. This means disabled people in New Zealand can expect their rights to be realised more quickly.

To help monitor the implementation of the Disability Convention, a mechanism or group of agencies has been set up to monitor and report on the Government’s performance. This group is made up of three independent partners: the Human Rights Commission; the Ombudsman and the New Zealand Convention Coalition.

Annual report of the monitoring mechanism

The second annual monitoring report, Making Disability Rights Real was published on 7 August 2014. Read the second report here.

Read the first annual report published in December 2012.

Information about the Disability Convention’s monitoring mechanism

A leaflet, Making disability rights real, has been produced to explain each member’s role and how the Government’s progress on the Disability Convention will be monitored.

Making disability rights real is available in the following formats:

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