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UN review of NZ human rights makes more than 30 recommendations on violence

February 15, 2019 at 11:19 AM

From the NZFVC

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council reviewed New Zealand's human rights record on 21 January 2019.

This was the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of New Zealand by the Human Rights Council. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process of the Council to review the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States once every five years. New Zealand's previous review was completed in 2014.

Draft report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review: New Zealand has been presented and adopted. This draft report sets out the recommendations made by the other Member States. Of the 194 recommendations, more than 30 related to violence against women, sexual violence, family and domestic violence or child abuse. Among these recommendations, there were consistent themes calling on New Zealand to:

  • continue efforts to address violence against women including sexual and domestic violence
  • develop a comprehensive national strategy to combat gender based violence including sexual and family violence
  • strengthen efforts to address violence against women and girls among minority communities, particularly Māori and Pasifika
  • continue efforts to address child wellbeing including addressing child abuse and child poverty.

Other recommendations addressed a number of other human rights areas including the rights of people with disabilities, discrimination based on gender identity and intersex status, and discrimination and inequalities for Māori, Pasifika and migrant communities.

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