This page contains the activities we are working on at present as well as our previous ones. It is updated as we commence each new project. If you have an interest in any particular project, contact us. If you wish to view documents referred to on this page, they are archived in the on the Resources page of this website.

Current Projects:

The HRF has begun the process of bringing together civil society organisations to develop stakeholder reports for the upcoming UPR. The first meeting will be on Thursday 11 April at the Auckland Trades Hall Building, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn Auckland from 5 – 7pm. For further information, please refer to our webpage specifically dedicated to the UPR.

The HRF continues to present high quality Shadow Reports to various UN Committees. The last one sumbitted was considered by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discriminationon on 31 Janury 2013. To have a look at the report, click on Shadow CERD Report-31 January 2013

Our previous Shadow Reports are listed and available on the Resources page of this website.

The HRF regularly submit comments on Parliamentary Bills. The last submission is on Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill and is being presented on 10 April 2013 to the Select Committee.

Our previous Submissions on Bills are listed and available on the Resources page of this website.

LAW INTO ACTION: Publication underway
The Foundation is now promoting Law into Action: economic, social and cultural rights in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is being published by Thomson Reuters. We were fortunate to secure funding from the NZ Law Foundation to cover copy editing and enable us to deliver a print ready PDF to the publisher.

We identified a gap in the available literature for a publication which explores the historical and potential implementation of economic, social and cultural rights in New Zealand in a way that is inclusive, functional, and readily applicable to ‘doing’ rights and making positive changes in our country. The publication is both comprehensive and accessible to as wide an audience as possible. For more detailed information, see our home page.

Our many contributors are experts in their fields, including both academics and practitioners.

Previous Projects:

The Foundation supports Ahmed Zaoui who has gained refugee status following a hearing by the Refugee Status Appeal Authority, but who still remains in solitary confinement under a National Security Risk Certificate. This certificate is under review by the Inspector-General of the Security Intelligence Service.

The Foundation has prepared FAQs about his case and is assisting in raising funds towards the legal costs and expenses being incurred by Mr Zaoui in order to bring witnesses to New Zealand to appear before the Inspector-General of the SIS in the review of the security risk certificate . Send your cheque (made out to “Human Rights Foundation: for Ahmed Zaoui legal expenses for witnesses “) to:

Human Rights Foundation
PO Box 106343
Auckland City

You can view:

and make up your own mind about his continued detention.


Freedom’s Ramparts on the Sea
The HRF and the Refugee Council have issued a report outlining their concerns over the routine detention of asylum seekers since September 2001.

Funded by Amnesty International, Freedom’s Ramparts on the Sea details the impact the routine detention policy has had on New Zealand’s refugee system.

It also highlights areas of refugee policy that need urgent attention. Download the report – Freedom’s Ramparts on the Sea.

Court of Appeal overturns High Court decision
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Immigration Service has the power to detain refugee status claimants on their arrival in New Zealand. This effectively overturns the High Court decision that the government’s practice of routinely detaining asylum seekers was unlawful. You can download the Court of Appeal decision or the earlier High Court decision as well as the High Court Judge’s earlier interim decision that those detained were entitled to make immediate bail applications.

Read the Foundation’s press release about the issuing of the proceedings, or download the statement of claim .

We have also archived the reports from the NZ Herald .

The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the dedication and expertise of its legal team: Dr Rodney Harrison, QC, and Deborah Manning, with assistance from Margaret Lewis and Ryken and Associates

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