Human Rights Environment

What are Human Rights?

And what do they mean for me?

Human Rights Legislation

What New Zealand law says about Human Rights, plus specific local issues.


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights.

Monitoring Places of Detention

New Zealand has signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture, which obligates it to monitor places of detention ‘in order to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.’

Action on the Transgender Inquiry

In January 2008 the Human Rights Commission published ‘To Be Who I Am’, the report of the Transgender Inquiry.

About Us

What does the New Zealand Human Rights Commission do?

Human Rights Education

The Commission offers education and training on human rights topics.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

All people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, have the same rights and freedoms.

Canterbury Recovery Project

The Commission is committed to making sure that the rights of Canterbury residents, particularly those most vulnerable, are a key consideration in the post quake recovery.

Human Rights in New Zealand 2010

The New Zealand Action Plan has led the direction of the Commission’s work as a guardian of and advocate for human rights.

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