- Key Focus Areas
- Enquiries & Complaints
- Human Rights
- The Treaty
- Race Relations
- Disabled People
- International & UN
- Office of Human Rights Proceedings
- Useful resources for UPR 13/14
- FAQs for UPR 13/14
- UPR 13/14: NZ’s second Universal Periodic Review
- Making a submission to the UPR Working Group
- Making a submission to the CERD
- International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
- Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT)
- Making a submission to the CESCR
- Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
- Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
- Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
- United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
- International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- Universal Periodic Review
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- Making a submission to the Committee Against Torture
- Making a submission to the CEDAW
- Making a submission to the CCPR
- Human Rights in the Pacific and Asia
- Philippines Human Rights Community Development Project
- Project on the impact of international instruments on New Zealand law, policy and practice
- National human rights institutions
International & UN
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 .
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.
The ICCPR builds onto the ICESCR and obligates New Zealand to uphold civil and political freedoms.
Includes the elimination of discrimination and forms of hate speech, promotes understanding between the races.
An all encompassing review conducted by the Working Group on New Zealand’s human rights record.
New Zealand is committed to protecting the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.
Promotes the equality of women throughout society, also obligates states to suppress all forms of sex trafficking.
Absolutely bans the use of torture and other cruel or degrading treatment or punishment.
The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has a special mandate to monitor New Zealand’s implementation of the CAT.
Defines who are refugees and New Zealand’s responsibilities on granting asylum.
Defines universal principles and standards for the status and treatment of children worldwide.