New Zealand's human rights issues - tell the UN what you think

New Zealand has signed a number of important human rights treaties and conventions, which set out the human rights standards our government has agreed to comply with. The United Nations regularly reviews how we are going and makes recommendations about areas where we are doing well and where improvements can be made. 

It’s important that all of our communities are involved in this process and there are opportunities for you or organisations that you are involved with, to have input into the review processes and to highlight issues that are important for you.  

 

Taking part in the UN review process:

There are a number of ways you can take part in the UN review process. If you need more information you can also contact the Human Rights Commission at: [email protected]

Some of the reviews coming up in 2018 will consider important issues such as:

  • Housing
  • Health (mental and physical)
  • Education
  • Living Standards
  • Protection against violence, abuse and bullying
  • Other economic, social and cultural rights
  • Civil and political rights

Upcoming Reviews

There are a number of important reviews coming up. We will be running a number of consultations and workshop sessions over the coming months. Below are a few key dates to keep in mind - we will update this information and provide more detail as it comes to hand. We will be holding the following workshops during December:

  • 11 December - International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights Review Workshop - 10am - 12pm, Vector Building, Level 8, 44-52 The Terrace, Wellington. Click here to RSVP.
  • 14 December - International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights Review Workshop - South Auckland, 10am-12pm - Venue Mangere Community Arts Centre, South Auckland. Click here to RSVP

Economic, Cultural and Social rights review - March 2018

In 22/23 March 2018, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will be looking at how New Zealand is doing in relation to areas such as health, housing, education and living standards. The Committee will consider information provided by the government as well as information that members of the public want to send to them about these issues.  

You will need to send your submission to the Committee before the 15th of February. We will post more information about key submission dates and how to do this over the coming weeks. 
 
For more information on this review and how to participate, click here
 

Women's Convention review - July 2018

You will need to send your submission to the Committee before July. We will post more information about key submission dates and how to do this over the coming weeks. 
 

Universal Periodic Review - Early 2019

You will need to send you submission before during 2018. We will post more information about key submission dates and how to do this over the coming weeks. 
 

Disability Convention - Early 2019

You will need to send you submission during 2018. We will post more information about key submission dates and how to do this over the coming weeks.
 

How can I take part in a reporting process?

All New Zealanders are able to write their own reports, known as shadow reports, and submit them to a relevant UN Committee. You can see past government reports and reports from the public about New Zealand here

Submissions don’t need to be long or complex. They just need to clearly outline the nature of your concern and what you think the government should do to address it. If you’re making a submission on behalf of a group or organisation you should provide details about the group such as its name, purpose and how many members it has.

How does the review process work?

1. Committee issues a List of Issues prior to reporting- this is a list of questions the Committee would like the country to answer. It may include questions following on from previous reviews or things the Committee is concerned about that have occurred in the country.

2. Country reviewed by the Committee – around a year after submitting the report, a delegation from the country will go to Geneva to speak to the committee and be asked questions. You can watch past reviews and live reviews here

3. Concluding observations issued by Committee -these are recommendations from the Committee to the government to help them address issues raised during the review. You can see past concluding observations here.

4. Government writes report in response - the government of the country then writes a report answering the List of issues. In New Zealand the Ministry of Justice writes the report. 

For more information on the review process by a UN treaty body, watch this video. There is a different process for undertaking the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). You can find out more about the UPR process by clicking here.

Timeline

December 2017

11 December - International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights Review Workshop - 10am - 12pm, Vector Building, Level 8, 44-52 The Terrace, Wellington. Click here to RSVP.

14 December - International Covenant on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights Review Workshop - South Auckland, 10am-12pm - Venue Mangere Community Arts Centre, South Auckland. Click here to RSVP.

January 2018


February 2018

Public submissions to the Economic, Cultural and Social Rights Review must be received before 15 February.

March 2018

Economic, Cultural and Social Rights Review will take place 22/23 March 2018.

April 2018


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November 2018