Stuff: Geneva human rights committee ‘shocked’ at NZ’s human rights report card

A UN human rights committee is shocked by New Zealand’s record on child poverty, inadequate housing, the incarceration rate, and violence, abuse and bullying.

New Zealand received a mixed reception from the UN Committee responsible for oversight of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) when it met in Geneva last month.

Human Rights chief commissioner David Rutherford and chief legal advisor Janet Anderson-Bidois attended the review, and Justice Minister Andrew Little addressed questions from the committee on the Government’s action on policies and legislation, which aimed to ensure Kiwis had access to equal economic, social and cultural rights.

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