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Source: Human Rights Commission

Te Kāhui Tika Tangata, the New Zealand Human Rights Commission is encouraging organisations and individuals to make submissions to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR). 

The review is an opportunity for the country to take stock of how well we are protecting the human rights of people in Aotearoa New Zealand, and assess progress made on earlier recommendations.  

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council reviews the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States once every four and a half years through the UPR. 

This is the UPR’s mid-term reporting cycle. In January 2019 Aotearoa underwent its third review before the Council. Two hundred and two recommendations were made on a wide range of human rights issues. The government supported 160 of those recommendations. 

The Commission is encouraging groups and individuals to make their own submissions and/or contribute to the Commission’s submission which will focus on four key areas: 

  • The aftermath of the Christchurch Terror Attacks in March 2019 
  • The impacts of COVID-19 on human rights in Aotearoa 
  • Housing 
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Contributions to the Commission’s report 

Read the consultation document here.

Please register your interest in contributing to the Commission’s report by emailing the following link [email protected]  

Submissions close on October 29 at 5 pm. Please email your submissions to [email protected] 

More information about the review can be found: 

UPR Info Webinar 

The Geneva-based UPR Info is also holding a webinar for organisations and individuals wishing to make their own submissions on October 21 at 7 pm. 

Register here for the webinar.  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.