Every 4.5 years, the United Nations Human Rights Commission meets in Geneva to do a stocktake of New Zealand’s human rights performance, measured against the international human rights we have signed up to, and our own human rights standards. The same process applies to other countries too – but 2019 is our turn.
The process starts with a “Stakeholders Report” – from civil society (mostly the non-governmental community).
Over the last few months, we have worked with with Peace Movement Aotearoa to coordinate a range of NGOs to produce a broad set of recommendations to improve the country’s human rights performance. This sums up the key areas where New Zealand civil society considers that New Zealand isn’t living up to its commitments on human rights, and suggests ways to fix that.