Our work

International reporting and monitoring

The New Zealand Government is required, under international human rights law, to report on its progress under the international human rights treaties that it has signed up to. The Government is also subject to a review of its entire human rights record every five years under the Universal Periodic Review.

The Human Rights Commission monitors and reviews how the New Zealand Government is upholding these international human rights obligations by submitting reports to the United Nations. Full details on the reporting process, including the Government and the Human Rights Commission reports can be found below under each of the international human rights treaties that we monitor.

Conventions we monitor

Universal Periodic Review

Universal Periodic Review

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council that periodically examines the human rights performance of all 193 UN Member States, including New Zealand.

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Monitoring the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women

Monitoring the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women

The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) promotes the equality of women throughout society, also obligates states to suppress all forms of sex trafficking.

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Monitoring the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Monitoring the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

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Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the first human rights convention of the twenty first century. New Zealand signed the Convention on 30 March, 2007 and ratified it 26 September, 2008.

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Monitoring the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Monitoring the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights protects the fundamental needs of citizens, including the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to work, the right to health and the right to education.

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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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Monitoring the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Monitoring the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The ICCPR is considered to be part of the International Bill of Rights along with the ICESCR and the UDHR. It commits states to respect the civil and political rights of citizens including the right to life, freedom of religion, speech, assembly, and the right to a fair trial.

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Monitoring the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Monitoring the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) requires states to prevent torture and degrading treatment within their borders and forbids the return of people to their home country if they are likely to be tortured.

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