Human rights are basic standards that influence how we live together and how we recognise the interests of other people and the community. They also govern the relationship between people or groups of people and the government.
Human rights are vital for the development of a diverse, inclusive and democratic society that respects the rule of law, human dignity, equality and freedom.
Several Acts govern human rights in New Zealand. We help make sure these laws are consistent, universally applied, and in line with international laws and treaties.
Internationally, human rights are guaranteed through treaties, customary international law and other sources of international law.
Information about the process for appointing Human Rights Commissioners.
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