New Zealand reports regularly to United Nations committees about compliance with human rights obligations. On 14 and 15 March 2016 the United Nations Human Rights Committee will be considering New Zealand’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Government representatives will be attending the Committee hearing in Geneva and will answer questions from Committee members about what progress is being made in relation to key civil and political rights issues in this country.
The Human Rights Commission has provided an independent report to the Committee and the Chief Human Rights Commissioner will also attend the Committee meeting in Geneva to provide further information and background to Committee members. A copy of this report is available here.
Key Issues Highlighted
The key issues highlighted in the Human Rights Commission’s report are:
- Violence – particularly family violence, sexual violence and threat of violence from terrorists
- Discrimination – including overrepresentation of Maori and disabled people in prisons and discrimination that results in inequalities in the areas of economic and social rights ( such as the right to an adequate standard of living, income, housing, education and health).
- The importance of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda in monitoring progress in relation to ICCPR related rights (such as the right to life, the right to participate in the conduct of public affairs, the right to access to legal remedy, the right to be free from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to be free from discrimination).
- The significance of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights when dealing with issues relating to mass data collection and surveillance by private sector agencies engages rights to privacy, freedom of association and expression.
After the Committee meeting, the Committee will make observations and recommendations to the New Zealand government based on the information that has been considered. These will be publicly available and the Commission will include a link on this web page.
You can learn more about the ICCPR here.
Learn more about New Zealand's 6th Periodic Report under the ICCPR, and read all submissions
The summary of the Human Rights Committee's consideration of the report of New Zealand can be found