Twenty Seconds on NZ’s UPR – human rights framework

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.