Human Rights

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Special Officer for Human Rights

UN Agencies for Human Rights

Reports from the Special Officer

Online Resources








Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.


Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary international law , general principles and other sources of international law. International human rights law lays down obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.


The principle of universality of human rights is the cornerstone of international human rights law. This principle, as first emphasized in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in 1948, has been reiterated in numerous international human rights conventions, declarations, and resolutions. The 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights, for example, noted that it is the duty of States to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems. 


The United Nations Association of New Zealand recognizes the importance of world-wide recognition of human rights, and is committed to educating New Zealanders on the importance of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the associated conventions, declarations and resolutions - for example CEDAW.


On this page you will find information about the state of human rights around the world, and what New Zealanders can do to help achieve world-wide recognition of rights, and current events and news about events related to Human Rights.






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Special Officer for Human Rights


Paula Pereda-Perez, Wellington

[email protected].






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UN Agencies for Human Rights Issues


► United Nations Human Rights Agencies

► UN GA Third Committee: Social, Humanitarian, & Cultural

► The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

► UN Human Rights Council

► Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

► Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees

► International Human Rights Day

► United Nations Cyber School Bus - Human Rights

► United Nations Documentation Research Guide

► A Summary of UN Human Rights Agreements




UN Recruitment for Human Rights

► Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Recruitment

► UN Volunteers


NZ Recruitment for Human Rights 

►NZ Human Rights Commission



New Zealand Organisations for Human Rights

► Human Rights Commission

► UNIFEM New Zealand (UNANZ Affiliated Organisation)

► Human Rights Foundation

► Citizens Commission on Human Rights

► National Council of Women New Zealand (UNANZ Affiliated Organisation)






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Reports from the Special Officer for Human Rights


The comments of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention are attracting quite a bit of attention in the Aotearoa New Zealand media

Please find below a link to a full report, extracted from an email message from the Suva office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.  The linked material contains useful details like the membership of the Working Group, and how to get more information.

John Morgan.








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