Our work

We work across New Zealand to increase human rights standards in law, policy and practice. As New Zealand’s national human rights institution we work for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected. Explore our work.

 
 

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We promote and protect the human rights of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand. We work for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected. In this section you can find out more about who we are, what we do and why. Learn more about us and your 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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What is our role?

What the Human Rights Commission does, how we do it and who we work with.
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What legislation promotes and protects human rights?

There are two main laws in New Zealand that specifically promote and protect human rights. These are the Human Rights Act 1993, and the Bill of Rights Act 1990.
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