Disabled people

Independent Monitoring Mechanism on the Disability Convention

To help monitor the implementation of the Disability Convention, a mechanism or group of agencies has been set up to monitor and report on the Government’s performance. This group is made up of three independent partners: the Human Rights Commission; the Ombudsman and the New Zealand Convention Coalition. Collectively, this group is known as the 'Independent Monitoring Mechanism or IMM. Read more about the work of the Ombudsman ensuring fair treatment for disable people here.


The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disability Convention) focuses on the human rights of disabled people. The Disability Convention recognises that disabled people do not generally have the same access to human rights as other people do. It calls on governments worldwide to remove barriers preventing disabled people from participating fully in society. The Government has agreed to implement this convention. This means disabled people in New Zealand can expect their rights to be realised more quickly.

Report on Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic

New Zealand’s Independent Monitoring Mechanism highlighted the realities and challenges disabled people faced during the COVID-19 emergency in a report published on Januart 20 2021. The report, Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic, Te Whakatinana i ngā Tika Hauātanga i te wā o te Urutā, examines New Zealand’s adherence to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities during the COVID-19 emergency from late March to mid-June 2020. New Zealand’s IMM partners are the Disabled People’s Organisations Coalition, the Ombudsman, and the Human Rights Commission.


Annual report of the monitoring mechanism 2019-2020

Making Disability Rights Real, the third report of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was launched on 30 June 2020. The IMM believes that education, housing, and seclusion and restraint are the most pressing issues for disabled people that the Government must take urgent action on.



Interim Report on the Right to Inclusive Education 2016

The Article 24: The Right to an Inclusive Education  Interim Implementation Report was released by the Independent Monitoring Mechanism in June 2016. It focuses on the current implementation status of Article 24 of the CRPD (the right to an inclusive education). A final report will be released in September 2016.

Annual report of the monitoring mechanism 2013-2014

Making disability rights real, the second report of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was launched in Christchurch on 7 August 2014.

Full report

Summary report

Annual report of the monitoring mechanism 2011-2012

The Independent Monitoring Mechansim of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities published its first monitoring report in December 2012.

Information about the Disability Convention’s monitoring mechanism

A leaflet, Making disability rights real, has been produced to explain each member’s role and how the Government’s progress on the Disability Convention will be monitored.

Making disability rights real is available in the following formats:

IMM Meeting Minutes:

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities resources

About the convention – International

The United Nations (UN)

About the Convention – New Zealand

Education about the Convention

    • The Training Manual on Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities. This manual is for those who wish to train themselves or others in the human rights of people with disabilities, with a particular focus on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Available in English and Mongolian, the manual aims to promote and support the participation of people with disabilities and their families in ratifying and implementing the CRPD. This manual will be useful to people already knowledgeable about disability and disability rights, including how to locate additional information relevant to the training they wish to provide.
    • Teaching kit on CRPD. Organisations can use this to train people on the Convention. The kit includes visual Power Point presentations, Word document files, and PDF files covering various aspects of the Convention. This toolkit has been produced by Handicap International.
    • Disability Rights Advocacy Workbook
      This workbook includes three sections:
      • Advocacy for people with disabilities
      • How does human rights advocacy work
      • How do you use international human rights treaties for advocacy? – including, but not limited to the CRPD. It offers advice on how people can advocate for their country to ratify and then implement the Convention.
    • We Have Human Rights: A human rights handbook for people with developmental disabilities. An action and advocacy handbook designed by and for self-advocates with intellectual disabilities and for use by those advancing the human rights of people with disabilities. This is designed for anyone wanting a clear explanation of the Convention, including people with intellectual disabilities, their organisations, and their advocates. It includes group work exercises and a section dedicated to exploring what the rights mean and how to be assertive and advocate for the realisation of those.
    • Human Rights. YES!                                                                                                                    Based on the Convention, Human Rights. YES! offers people with disabilities the opportunity to learn about their own human rights. Human Rights. YES! is designed for people who are not necessarily experts in human rights, and can be used with small groups. The manual includes three parts:
      • Understanding disability as a human right
      • The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
      • Advocacy! Taking action for the human rights of people with disabilities.
    • Calling all Children and Youth: The CRPD for Young People
      UNICEF has developed a child-friendly version of the Convention to help children understand disability rights. They have also produced a facilitator’s guide for conducting focus groups with children on the child-friendly version of the Convention.