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New Zealand’s International Obligations

New Zealand has had a good record of ratification and compliance with its international obligations since it ratified the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in 1948. The links below provide more information on New Zealand’s international obligations and how you can be involved .

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Protects the fundamental needs of citizens, including the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to work, the right to health and the right to education.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The ICCPR builds onto the ICESCR and obligates New Zealand to uphold civil and political freedoms.

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

Includes the elimination of discrimination and forms of hate speech, promotes understanding between the races.

Universal Periodic Review

An all encompassing review conducted by the Working Group on New Zealand’s human rights record.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

New Zealand is committed to protecting the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Promotes the equality of women throughout society, also obligates states to suppress all forms of sex trafficking.

Convention Against Torture

Absolutely bans the use of torture and other cruel or degrading treatment or punishment.

Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has a special mandate to monitor New Zealand’s implementation of the CAT.

Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

Defines who are refugees and New Zealand’s responsibilities on granting asylum.

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Defines universal principles and standards for the status and treatment of children worldwide.

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