New Zealand’s human rights record faces review by UN Committee

New Zealand’s human rights record faces review by UN Committee

March 9, 2016

Press Release: United Nations

As one of the 168 States that have ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), New Zealand is required to undergo regular review by the Committee on how it is implementing the Covenant. The Committee, which is composed of 18 international independent members, will discuss a range of issues relating to the ICCPR with a delegation from the New Zealand Government. Members will also be briefed by NGO representatives and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.

The Committee’s meetings with the delegation are public and will take place on 14 March from 15:00 – 18:00 (03:00 – 06:00 15 March in New Zealand) and 15 March from 10:00 – 13:00 (22:00 -01:00) at Palais Wilson in Geneva. The sessions will be webcast at www.treatybodywebcast.org.

New Zealand has submitted a report to the Committee on the implementation of its human rights obligations, and a number of non-governmental organisations have also sent reports for the Committee’s consideration. More information here.  

The Committee will publish its findings, officially termed concluding observations, on New Zealand and the other countries being reviewed – South Africa, Namibia, Sweden, Slovenia Costa Rica and Rwanda – on 30 March here.

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