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What are human rights?

What are human rights?

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that everyone should have. There are two main types of human rights – civil and political rights, and social, cultural and economic rights.

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International reporting

Human rights were first expressed in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Countries who sign up to international human rights treaties must include the rights in their own laws.

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Office of Human Rights Proceedings

The Office of Human Rights Proceedings (OHRP) is an independent office within the Human Rights Commission that provides free legal representation to complainants to take selected discrimination cases to the Human Rights Review Tribunal.

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— August 16, 2019

Paul Hunt: Climate change is a human rights issue

Climate change poses enormous human rights challenges in the Pacific and within Aotearoa New Zealand. It places responsibilities on governments and every one of us.

— August 12, 2019

Human Rights Commission backs Waitangi Tribunal call to allow prisoner voting

The Human Rights Commission applauds the Waitangi Tribunal’s call to repeal the law banning prisoner voting.

— August 9, 2019

Karanina Sumeo: Speaking te reo Māori will help us understand history

A greater understanding of our indigenous language may help many New Zealanders better understand what is at the heart of events unfolding at Ihumātao

— August 9, 2019

Latest National Plan of Action report released

This report provides the final update on progress against the second Universal Periodic Review cycle.

— July 31, 2019

July Tūrangawaewae Newsletter

Read our latest newsletter.

— July 31, 2019

Disability Pride Week is back for 2019!

Disability Pride Week is back for 2019 to champion a vision for New Zealand where disabled people can be proud.

— July 26, 2019

Learning Support Action Plan is a step towards inclusive education – Disability Rights Commissioner

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the release of the Learning Support Action Plan 2019 – 2025 and new investment as a step in responding to the diverse needs of disabled young people.

— July 26, 2019

Human Rights Commissioners visit Ihumātao

Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt and Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo are visiting Ihumātao this afternoon (Friday 26 July).

— July 25, 2019

Annual report on Monitoring Places of Detention released

The latest annual report from organisations who monitor places where people are deprived of their liberty, has been tabled in Parliament, outlining persistent issues faced by people in detention.

— July 19, 2019

Why New Zealand needs Pay Transparency

This is part of a speech delivered by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo at the Council of Trade Unions Biennial Women’s Conference on Friday 12th July.