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  • 1. Human Rights in New Zealand2010Priorities for Action
    Chief Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan
    Human Rights Commission - New Zealand/Aotearoa
    Diversity Forum
    Christchurch Convention Centre - Sunday, 22 August 2010
  • 2. Human rights are
    “at the core ofevery major challengefacing humanity”.
    (UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan 1998)
  • 3. Identify 3 issues:
    Important to you today
    Impact on your:
    family
    local community
    New Zealand
  • 4. Human rights in NewZealand2004
    Civil & Political, Economic, Social & Cultural
  • 5. Human rights in NewZealand2004
    Underpin our expectations about life,
    education, health and work,
    about our personal security,
    equal opportunity and fair treatment,
    about our ability to have a say in our system of government.
    Mana ki te Tangata / NZ Action Plan for Human Rights 2005
  • 6. Human rights in NewZealand2004
    Most pressing issues:
    poverty and abuse – children and young people
    barriers  disabled people
    vulnerability to abuse  people in detention & institutional care
    entrenched inequalities  Māori & Pacific peoples
    place of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • 7.
  • 8. Human Rights inNew Zealand Today 2010
    Building on the 2004 Review
    Updating chapters
    Adding new areas of focus
    Consulting widely
  • 9. Human rights in NZ2010
    International human rights framework
    Equality and freedom from discrimination
    Children & young people
    Democratic rights
    Life, liberty & security of the person
  • 10. Human rights in New Zealand2010
    Freedom of opinion & expression
    Freedom of religion & belief
    (incorporating Internet rights & responsibilities)
    Justice
    Rights of people detained
    Right to asylum
  • 11. Human rights in NZ2010
    Adequate standard of living
    Health / Education / Work
    Rights of migrants & their families
    Human rights & race relations
  • 12. Human rights in NZ2010
    New chapters
    Human rights & the Treaty of Waitangi
    Rights of women
    Sexual orientation & gender identity
    Adequate standard of living: social security
    Right to the environment / right to water
  • 13. Priority areas for action
    Keep New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements under review
    Strengthen Parliament’s human rights responsibilities
    Fully incorporate ratified human rights standards in domestic legislation
    Promote substantive equality
  • 14. Priority areas for action
    Treaty of Waitangi
    Children & young people
    Disabled people
    People in detention
  • 15. Priority areas for action
    Freedom of religion & belief
    Right to asylum
    Migrants & their families
  • 16. Priority areas for action:race relations
    Discrimination
    Safety
    Participation
    Education
    Inter-cultural programmes
    National languages policy
  • 17. Health
  • 18. Work
  • 19.
  • 20.
  • 21. Contacts
    www.hrc.co.nz
    Infoline 0800 496 877 (toll free)
    infoline@hrc.co.nz
    TTY (teletypewriter)
    0800 150 111