New Zealand’s Human Rights Record under the microscope

New Zealand’s Human Rights Record is being reviewed tonight by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
NGOs and the Human Rights Commission and UNHCR have made 248 recommendations on a wide range of topics.

Some of the areas of most concern have been the weakness of our current human rights framework, the undermining of employment rights, the lack of progress for people with disabilities, housing and buildings and health not to mention child poverty, and violence against women, immigration, LGBTI rights, racism and indigenous rights amongst many more.

The NZ Government has said its priorities are
1. Strengthening the partnership between Government and Māori
2. Improving the protection of children against abuse and neglect
3. Reducing violence within families and its impact on women and children
4. Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
5. Advancing the Constitutional review process
6. Ensuring the human rights impacts of the Canterbury Earthquakes are mitigated and accounted for in the on-going decisions around the rebuild.


The report presentation and interactive dialogue will be webcast live at from 9am to 12.30pm, on Monday, 27 January (Geneva time), from 9pm on Monday, 27 January, to 12.30am on Tuesday, 28 January (NZ time).

I’ll be watching tonight willing the committee to ask some searching questions.

3 Comments Posted

  1. @Toad

    Yes I applaud the Greens for leading the debate.. BUT tip-toeing around this Human rights abuse, will likely just keep it simmering ‘on the back-burner’, especially when Labour need the Greens support to succeed in getting rid of the ‘Key party’ in 2014… Cunliffe appears to be already saying “NO SUPPORT for it !”

    kia ora

  2. Hi there zedd. Metiria and Russel promoted the Greens’ support for cannabis decriminalisation a couple of days ago.

    The Green Party wants to see cannabis decriminalised, saying it will push for the law change in any post-election discussions but that it is not a bottom line.

    Speaking after her State of the Nation speech at Waitangi Park in Wellington, co-leader Metiria Turei said they wanted to see the law changed.

    “I would like to progress a vast amount of our policy, actually and that would be one that would be very interesting,” she said.

    Turei said they believed a drug-free lifestyle was the healthiest, but did not believe adults should be convicted of a crime if they smoked cannabis.

    Decriminalising the drug was “the wisest policy,” however it would not be a bottom-line issue for the party in any post-election discussions.

  3. Another ‘human right’ that the Greens have just highlighted BUT needs a global response.. Medicinal & personal Cannabis use. Its a disgrace that about 30+% of ADULT kiwis are potentially labelled as criminals for a ‘freedom of choice’ issue !
    Thousands are dragged before the courts annually for nothing more than possession, leading them to be treated as a ‘second-class citizens’.

    kia ora

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