Human rights education

Human rights education

Learn about human rights in New Zealand through our learning modules.

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Our work

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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

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

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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— March 21, 2019

Multiculturalism and diversity is us

This Race Relations Day, we call on all New Zealanders to take time out of their day to reflect. To stand united in mourning with victims of Christchurch, write Pancha Narayanan president of Multicultural New Zealand, and Paul Hunt, the chief human rights commissioner.

— March 20, 2019

Race Relations Day a chance to remember the victims and survivors of Christchurch attacks

Race Relations Day (Thursday 21 March) provides a chance to remember the victims and survivors of the attacks in Christchurch and reflect on how we can create a more harmonious society, Pancha Narayanan, National President of Multicultural New Zealand says.

— March 19, 2019

Paul Hunt: We must give nothing to racism and Islamophobia

Our country must become a global champion of anti-racism, anti-Islamophobia and human rights for all. In this way we'll honour the victims of last week's shocking calamity.

— March 15, 2019

“We condemn violence and hatred of any sort and join the rest of new Zealand in deep sorrow for those affected by these awful events."

The Human Rights Commission issued the following statement in response to the unprecedented violent attacks at the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch from Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Paul Hunt.

— March 8, 2019

Karanina Sumeo: It's time to end the secrecy over unequal pay

This International Women's Day, I'm calling on New Zealand to accelerate progress towards gender equality by ending pay secrecy. The inability to compare pay between two people of different sex, for work of equal value, is a major obstacle to gender equality.

— February 27, 2019

Government seeks feedback on Universal Periodic Review Recommendations

New Zealand’s Universal Periodic human rights review took place at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 21 January 2019. The Government will formally respond to it's recommendations in June. This is your chance to make feedback on the recommendations.

— February 25, 2019

Our people, our cultures, our languages - O tātou iwi, ō tātou ahurea, ō tātou reo

Race Relations Day on Thursday 21 March provides an opportunity to celebrate and experience many of New Zealand’s more than 200 ethnic communities, says Pancha Narayanan, National President of Multicultural New Zealand.

— February 14, 2019

Ombudsman’s investigations will ensure the voices of people with learning disabilities are heard

The Ombudsman’s investigations into the oversight of facilities and services for people with learning disabilities is timely says Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero.

— February 5, 2019

17 recommendations from the United Nations Universal Periodic Review on disability

Earlier this month, United Nations member states made recommendations to improve human rights in New Zealand. There were 194 recommendations. Seventeen of the recommendations were specifically about disability.

— February 4, 2019

"It is imperative we do not lack conviction" — Chief Commissioner

Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Paul Hunt, made the following speech at Makara Cemetery for the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day.