An interactive online tool to monitor human rights in New Zealand will be launched by the Human Rights Commission on 30 June on our website (here).
“The New Zealand Human Rights Action Plan, NPA for short, provides a real time overview of our government’s actions to improve human rights for all New Zealanders,” said Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. “This is a first for New Zealand and is an innovative way to monitor the human rights progress of a UN member state.”
The NPA charts New Zealand’s progress in implementing recommendations from the United Nations periodic review (UPR) in 2014. All the actions in the online NPA have been provided by the Government agencies responsible.
“Our country has an excellent human rights reputation and the NPA is a real way we can safeguard, monitor and improve that reputation. If we can’t measure what we’re doing then we can’t improve it. Evidence and monitoring are crucial steps in realising our human rights, Dr Blue says.
This month’s launch is the beginning of an ongoing conversation about realising human rights for all New Zealanders. The NPA gives everyday New Zealanders the opportunity to understand, examine and keep an eye on our human rights progress,” Dr Blue says, “Accountability through transparency is fundamental to human rights.”
The NPA enables anyone to assess Government responses to the UPR. The NPA can be updated at any time so gives a real time view of progress. The Human Rights Commission coordinates the NPA and is responsible for its online publication; but the Government is responsible for the actions in the NPA.