Our work

International reporting and monitoring

New Zealand has obligations under international human rights law. As the Human Rights Commission, we monitor and review whether New Zealand is upholding it's international human rights obligations.

Each convention has a different committee that we report too. This reporting happens every few years. Each convention has a different time whereby it is reviewed. The information provided below includes our submissions to past review process and advice on making a submission to each treaty body.

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

Civil and political rights include the rights to freedom of expression, religious belief, freedom of movement, and the right to be free from discrimination

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Other conventions and international reporting mechanisms

Other conventions and international reporting mechanisms

Look at other conventions and international reporting mechanisms New Zealand has ratified.

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