Our work – Your rights and freedoms

In this section you can learn about your rights, how to use them, and how we can help. The Human Rights Commission works across Aotearoa New Zealand to increase human rights standards in law, policy and practice. We provide communities with education and tools to protect and promote their human rights, and deliver human rights programmes to government departments, Crown entities and kiwi organisations.


Human rights

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that all people are entitled to. They are expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Race relations and diversity

We celebrate and promote diversity, and aim to break down barriers to racial and ethnic equality in New Zealand society.
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Economic, social and cultural rights

We advocate a fair go for all, regardless of a person’s age, gender, sexual orientation, background or circumstances.
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Business/Work

Human rights matter to all businesses. Learn the steps to protecting human rights in your business.
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People with disabilities

We provide information and advocacy for people with disabilities and their families. Learn about human rights as they relate to children and adults with disabilities, and people with mental illness.
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Indigenous rights

We work with tangata whenua to promote the human rights of indigenous people through information, forums and events.
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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

We advocate for the fair treatment of all members of the LGBTQI+ community. Learn about your rights across different domains and how to address discrimination.
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