New Zealand’s Universal Periodic Review Recommendations Released

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The United Nations Human Rights Council has made a total of 194 recommendations about New Zealand’s human rights record. This is up from 155 in New Zealand’s last Universal Periodic Review back in 2014.

The HRF had been one of three NGOs selected to address a so-called “Pre-session” in Geneva on 14 December 2018 when a presentation was made to interested delegates of UN member states on the priorities in the HRF coordinated Stakeholders Report that formed part of the documentation for New Zealand’s Review. Below, the HRF’s Peter Hosking addresses the Pre-session. The preparation of the joint coalition report coordinated by the HRF, and our presence in Geneva, were made possible through the Shadow Reporting Award made to the HRF by the New Zealand Law Foundation. (This Award also funded a shadow report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights last year.)

HRF at UPR presession 2018

You can read the recommendations here.

Now, the New Zealand government must choose how it responds to them. We will be working to see that the government accepts them.


Palais des Nations, Geneva by United Nations Photo is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.