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Indigenous rights

UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) is a comprehensive international human rights document on the rights of indigenous peoples. It sets out the minimum standards for the survival, dignity, wellbeing, and rights of the world’s indigenous peoples. We have a role under the Human Rights Act to promote by research, education, and discussion a better understanding of the human rights dimensions of the Treaty of Waitangi and their relationship with domestic and international human rights law.

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Monitoring the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Monitoring the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous People’s human rights are protected under the international treaties and conventions, as well as by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (or “UNDRIP”) and our own Treaty of Waitangi.

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Past Projects

Human rights and the Treaty of Waitangi

The Commission’s latest work and resources on issues relating to human rights and the Treaty of Waitangi.
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UNDRIP and the Treaty

Te Wairoa Reorua 2040

UN Decade on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations General Assembly launched the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (1995-2004) in an effort to increase the UN’s commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.
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United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council
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International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 9 August

The International Day of the World's Indigenous People is celebrated each year on 9 August
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Māori representation in local government

The Human Rights Commission, in its annual review of race relations, identified Māori representation in local government
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Treaty of Waitangi Research

Review of New Zealand’s Constitutional Arrangements

The Commission believes that people, as rights-holders, should be at the centre of any constitutional change in New Zealand. New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements would be enhanced by strengthening human rights protections and increasing recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi.
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The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples was held on 22-23 September 2014. The meeting was an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples.
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Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) provides advice in the form of studies and research, on the rights of Indigenous peoples and may also suggest proposals to the Human Rights Council.
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Conference on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2017