New Zealand’s human rights records will be examined on 21 January in Geneva by the United Nations Human Rights Council in the country’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
Justice Minister Andrew Little is heading New Zealand’s delegation to the UPR, which was last conducted in 2014. The process will consider New Zealand’s human rights records over the last five years.
Though not legally binding, review findings are sometimes cited as persuasive in courts and the Waitangi Tribunal, the government said.
“New Zealand has a proud tradition of global leadership in human rights. The Coalition Government is building on that legacy with child poverty reduction, fixing our broken criminal justice system, settling historical Treaty of Waitangi claims and forming the Crown-Māori Relations portfolio, and lifting the refugee quota to 1,500 by 2020,” Little said. “I’m looking forward to our Universal Periodic Review. It’s an opportunity to educate and share New Zealand’s efforts, and also to learn from the collective experiences of the international community.”