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The Human Rights Commission was set up in 1977 and works under the Human Rights Act 1993. Our purpose is to promote and protect the human rights of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand. We work for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected. In this section you can find out more about who we are, what we do and why. 

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Jun 2014
This second report of the Disability Convention Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) details some of the experiences disabled people in New Zealand encounter each day. It highlights barriers that prevent the full realisation of the rights set out in the Disability Convention. The report also recommends steps that need to be taken to better respect, protect and fulfil those rights. The five key...
Completed
Jun 2014
Equal employment opportunity (EEO) is about equality in the workplace. It is a human right to be treated fairly at every point of the employment process whether it is at pre-employment, promotion pathways or remuneration. The workplace is a critical entry point for New Zealanders from diverse backgrounds and therefore an essential place to ensure human rights are upheld. The resulting diversity...
Completed
Mar 2014
Race Relations in 2013 is the tenth annual review of race relations published by the Human Rights Commission. Documenting the main developments in race relations and ethnic diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand over the last year, it identifies efforts made to address racial inequalities. It also records and celebrates some of the many positive contributions made by individuals and community...
Completed
Dec 2013
Human rights don’t disappear the moment an earthquake, a hurricane or a tsunami strikes. We witnessed after the Indian Ocean tsunami, the earthquake in Haiti and many other disaster situations that during relief and recovery efforts the protection of human rights gains in importance as it can safeguard the dignity of those affected. – United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee (2011)...
Completed
Sep 2013
In 2006, after many years of lobbying by the deaf community, the New Zealand Sign Language Act was passed, making New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) an official language of New Zealand. However, the Human Rights Commission continues to receive enquiries and complaints from deaf people about discrimination they experience trying to access or use NZSL. The Commission began this NZSL Inquiry...
Completed
May 2013
New Zealand’s compliance with international human rights treaties was considered by two United Nations treaty bodies in 2012 – the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Both committees focused on unequal outcomes experienced by Māori, Pacific and migrant peoples, including in justice, education,...
Completed
Dec 2012
This report reflects the information and data currently available on disabled people. The partners in the monitoring mechanism agreed to focus on certain aspects of the Disability Convention rights for this first year of monitoring, and to set indicators and measures of progress (given the available data). As there are significant gaps in data on disability rights, there are significant gaps in...
Completed
Dec 2012
This report reflects the information and data currently available on disabled people. The partners in the monitoring mechanism agreed to focus on certain aspects of the Disability Convention rights for this first year of monitoring, and to set indicators and measures of progress (given the available data). As there are significant gaps in data on disability rights, there are significant gaps in...
Completed
Oct 2012
In December 2011 the Commission released and sought public feedback on The Wider Journey discussion document, about accessibility of the built environment, access to official information and political participation. The feedback provided in submissions has been reflected in three distinct reports. This report deals only with accessibility to the built environment, which includes entering and...

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