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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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— January 22, 2020

Saunoamaali'i Dr Karanina Sumeo: Action needed to help our nation's working poor

We can help alleviate poverty by recognising the contribution of unpaid work in families and communities. Everyone's contribution counts.

— December 20, 2019

December Newsletter

Thank you for your support for our work. Happy holidays from the team at the Human Rights Commission. Kia tau te rangimārie kei runga i a tātou katoa Have a fun, safe festive season – may love and kindness be with you all.

— December 20, 2019

Latest Annual Report

Our annual report for 2018/19 was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday 11 December along with our Statement of Performance Expectations 2019/20 and Statement of Intent 2019/20 to 2022/23.

— December 17, 2019

Resource on hate speech legal framework published

A resource providing an overview of the legal framework on hate speech has been published by the Human Rights Commission. Kōrero Whakamauāhara: Hate Speech includes definitions of hate speech and considers the different legal approaches to hate speech in New Zealand and internationally.

— December 10, 2019

Paul Hunt: The best kept secret in New Zealand - a decent home is your right

Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt writes on #HumanRightsDay that we need a focus on the right to adequate housing by following Canada, which has the right to housing at the centre of it's National Housing Strategy Act.

— December 3, 2019

Disabled people’s creativity can help tackle social problems

Disabled people bring creativity to helping tackle social problems, says Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero.

— November 25, 2019

More than 50,000 working households in New Zealand live in poverty

Research conducted by AUT’s New Zealand Work Research Institute and commissioned by the Human Rights Commission has found more than 50,000 working households live in poverty across Aotearoa.

— November 12, 2019

Tomorrow's Schools Reforms a step forward for inclusion

Today’s announcement committing schools to being more responsive to disabled learners is a crucial step towards New Zealand achieving a world-class inclusive public education system.

— November 5, 2019

Human Rights Commission statement to Abuse in Care Inquiry

Paula Tesoriero, Disability Rights Commissioner, presented the HRC's statement to the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry on 5 November 2019.

— October 31, 2019

October Newsletter

Welcome to the latest Human Rights Commission newsletter Tūrangawaewae – a summary of recent developments on the New Zealand human rights landscape, and the work the Commission is doing for a better, fairer New Zealand.