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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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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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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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— June 14, 2019

Commission issues 2004 – 2012 hate crime summary

To assist the discussion about hate crime in New Zealand, the Human Rights Commission has today published a summary of media reports of racially and religiously motivated crime between 2004 and 2012.

— June 5, 2019

Human Rights Commission appoints new Chief Executive

The Human Rights Commission board has appointed Rebecca Elvy as the new Chief Executive.

— May 31, 2019

May Tūrangawaewae Newsletter

In this issue, we look at the Government's 2019 Budget, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner's response to the lack of a pay transparency mechanism in Equal Pay Amendment Bill, the Chief Commissioner's piece on 'othering', a new library of accessible photos, and much more.

— May 31, 2019

Human rights critical to delivering on the Budget’s wellbeing promises

Human rights, including social rights, can reinforce and sharpen the Budget’s wellbeing promises, Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt says.

— May 30, 2019

Wāhine Kākano to inspire young women leaders

Nearly 600 young women will descend upon Auckland and Rotorua next month to take part in New Zealand’s premier young women’s festival, Wāhine Kākano.

— May 29, 2019

Accessibility photo library launches to drive change

Accessibility advocate, Mary Fisher, in collaboration with the Access Alliance and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, have launched a photo library to encourage the public to notice access barriers in our everyday lives.

— May 23, 2019

The dangers of ‘one of us’: The Chief Human Rights Commissioner on othering

A recent Dominion Post column attacked British-born Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt as not ‘one of us’. It’s a phrase we should all feel uncomfortable with, writes Hunt, wherever we come from.

— May 17, 2019

Disappointment at lack of pay transparency mechanism in Equal Pay Amendment Bill

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo is disappointed that a pay transparency mechanism has not been included in the Equal Pay Amendment Bill.

— April 30, 2019

April Newsletter

In this issue, we look at a visit to New Zealand from the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Disability Rights Commissioner seeking answers about potential cuts to disability funding services, calls for a pay transparency body to address the gender pay gap, and potential changes to hate speech laws.

— April 24, 2019

Special permanent resident visas will help families realise their hopes of New Zealand as a safe place to live

The Human Rights Commission warmly welcomes the government’s decision to offer non-residents directly affected by the Christchurch terrorist attacks the opportunity to apply for a special permanent resident visa.