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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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Office of Human Rights Proceedings

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— 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.

— September 24, 2019

Karanina Sumeo: Gender and ethnic pay gaps need addressing

We must ensure that basic human rights to equality and dignity are realised for all and not just the majority.

— September 19, 2019

Statement on Religious Diversity launched

This week, the New Zealand Human Rights Commission co-partnered with Office of Ethnic Communities and the Religious Diversity Centre to launch the third edition of the Statement on Religious Diversity.

— September 9, 2019

We must uphold the rights of people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

The Disability Rights Commissioner delivered this speech at the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) workshop in Wellington in September.

— August 29, 2019

Assistive Technology from a Disability Rights Perspective

The Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero made the following speech at the i-CREATe Conference in Canberra on 27 August 2019.

— August 27, 2019

Women share ‘heart-breaking’ stories of pay discrimination

Several women have come forward about their appalling experiences of discrimination over pay and progression opportunities in workplaces across the country.

— August 23, 2019

Human rights approach can help in resolving Ihumātao dispute

Applying New Zealand’s international human rights commitments, particularly those in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, can help in resolving the situation at Ihumātao, Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt says.

— August 21, 2019

The End of Life Choice Bill doesn’t protect against coercion – Paula Tesoriero, Disability Rights Commissioner

"While courts around the world have grappled with the idea of coercion…we are saying it’s ok for our Bill in New Zealand for one doctor to make that assessment."

— August 16, 2019

Paul Hunt: Climate change is a human rights issue

Climate change poses enormous human rights challenges in the Pacific and within Aotearoa New Zealand. It places responsibilities on governments and every one of us.

— August 12, 2019

Human Rights Commission backs Waitangi Tribunal call to allow prisoner voting

The Human Rights Commission applauds the Waitangi Tribunal’s call to repeal the law banning prisoner voting.