Twenty Seconds on NZ’s UPR – human rights framework

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On 27 January 2014, New Zealand’s human rights record is examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review. For the next month, Twenty Seconds features HRF recommendations for this Review:

Ø Incorporate all rights enshrined in international human rights instruments to which New Zealand is a party into domestic law to ensure that these rights are enforceable in New Zealand courts

Ø Establish the NZBORA as over-riding ordinary statutes

Ø Procedurally entrench the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and the Human Rights Act 1993

Ø Ensure that the NZBORA be amended to provide an explicit right to a remedy for breach of the NZBORA, including by the judiciary.