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.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities gives voice, visibility and legitimacy to disabled people and their issues in New Zealand and the rest of the world.It is aimed at protecting the dignity of persons with disabilities and ensuring their equal treatment under the law including the right to health services, education and employment.

The CRPD in New Zealand is overseen by the Ministry of Social Development (Office for Disability Issues).

Download a copy of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities here.

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Background

Submissions

Concluding Observations

Background

New Zealand ratified the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities on 26 September, 2008. Ratification means New Zealand must make a regular report to the United Nations on how the country has implemented the convention. The first report is due after two years, and then every four years.

Human Rights Commission’s role:

  • Independent monitoring
  • Promotion and awareness about the Convention.

The Human Rights Commission and the Office of Disability Issues will work closely with the disability sector as independent monitors of the Convention and promote awareness about the convention to key stakeholders and the general public.

Projects:

Office of Disability Issues has worked on alternative formats for the Convention:

  • Braille and audio formats done
  • an easy to read version is available
  • a NZSL translation is available on DVD and on-line

Go to the Office of Disability Issues website to get different formats.

'What is the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities' resource?

The Commission has produced a short resource in plain language setting out what the Disability Convention is and what it means for disabled people in Aotearoa. It is available in a range of accessible formats:

English versions

Māori versions

Samoan versions

Tongan versions

Other Pacific languages

Other languages (HMTL)

Alternative formats

If you’d like copies of any of these formats, please email [email protected] or call 0800 496 877.