Press release - support of New Zealand Government statement on human rights

24 March 2021



This week New Zealand issued a joint statement calling for the respect of human rights and support of the United Nations systems in upholding human rights.

"Since 2018, when reports began to emerge about the detention camps in Xinjiang, Australia and New Zealand have consistently called on China in the United Nations to respect the human rights of the Uyghur people, and other religious and ethnic minorities."

"Today we underscore the importance of transparency and accountability, and reiterate our call on China to grant meaningful and unfettered access to Xinjiang for United Nations experts, and other independent observers."

You can read news coverage of the statement here.

The United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNA NZ) supports the use of the United Nations system to call for the respect of human rights. UNA NZ believes this structured rules-based system is the most effective mechanism for making such calls. 

UNA NZ also supports calls to allow meaningful access to United Nations experts to provide transparency and accountability in regard to upholding human rights. The success of the United Nations, its organs, and experts requires the cooperation of all nations. UNA NZ calls on all countries to actively commit to and cooperate with the United Nations and its aims to uphold human rights.


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