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Human rights education

Human rights education

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

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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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— 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.

— July 18, 2019

"Climate change is a human rights issue" — Human Rights Commission

This week the Human Rights Commission made its submission regarding the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill.

— July 18, 2019

United Nations Indigenous Experts release report on New Zealand

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the release today, of UN advice to support New Zealand’s implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

— July 11, 2019

Commission welcomes new Race Relations Commissioner

The Human Rights Commission welcomes the appointment of a new Race Relations Commissioner, announced today by Justice Minister Andrew Little.

— July 10, 2019

Cartoon challenges “ableist” attitudes towards disabled young people

A new cartoon shows the sorts of discrimination and attitudes that young disabled New Zealanders can face in their daily lives.

— July 8, 2019

Changes to Funded Family Care are positive but more needed — Disability Rights Commissioner

The Human Rights Commission welcomes changes to Funded Family Care but says more work is needed on improving the needs assessment system and increasing funding across disability support services.

— July 5, 2019

New Zealand needs to address serious economic and social human rights issues

The government’s adoption of 160 United Nations human rights recommendations highlights the need to face up to the serious economic and social human rights issues facing New Zealand, the Chief Human Rights Commissioner says.

— July 2, 2019

New guide for making a complaint about sexual harassment released

Today, the Human Rights Commission released an updated guide with new information on making a complaint about sexual harassment

— July 2, 2019

Paul Hunt: The Human Right to a Decent Home

The Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Paul Hunt, made the following speech at the Shift Aotearoa Conference in 2019 on new knowledge for housing action.

— July 2, 2019

Disability Rights in Aotearoa New Zealand – Where Have We Got To?

Paula Tesoriero, Disability Rights Commissioners, reflects on the fact that we are 12 years on and there are still significant steps to take to make the Disability Convention real for disabled New Zealanders.