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What are human rights?

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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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— 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.

— October 29, 2019

Tolerating school bullying is accommodating it – Meng Foon

Continuing to deprioritise prevention, is another sign that we have normalised bullying in the same way we have learnt to tolerate our high rates of abuse, family violence and suicide.

— October 25, 2019

Event: Access to STEM Education and Infrastructure Careers for Women and Girls in New Zealand

The Women's Infrastructure Network New Zealand and the Human Rights Commission are hosting an event that will share insights into how they are helping to shift the dial and attract more women into STEM education and infrastructure careers.

— October 23, 2019

Auckland Office closed 23rd of October

Due to the situation in central Auckland we will be closing our Auckland office from 11am this morning. Calls to our Infoline will be forwarded to voicemail and we will return calls as soon as possible. We will monitor the situation and provide an update when we know more.

— October 15, 2019

Upcoming regional workshops on inclusive education

The Human Rights Commission, the Ministry of Education and disability rights stakeholders are collaborating to hold the first of a series of regional workshops on inclusive education.

— October 4, 2019

Race Relations Commission relieved racist ‘Family link’ policy removed

Today’s announcement about the removal of the racist policy that prevented African and Middle Eastern refugees from settling in New Zealand, unless family were already living here, was well overdue, says Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon.