Human Rights in New Zealand: Emerging Faultlines

Bridget Williams Books
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Co-published with the New Zealand Law Foundation.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted while the world remained deeply shocked by the atrocities committed during the Second World War, was an inspirational creation. ... It is hard to conceive of this document being adopted today. Like most other nations, New Zealand has succumbed to a kind of world-weary acceptance that full enjoyment of universal human rights remains a distant dream. Preface, Dame Silvia Cartwright, PCNZM, DBE, QSO

New Zealand is proud of its human rights record with good reason. It was the first country in the world to give women the vote and it played a prominent part in the establishment of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. New Zealand recently took a leading role in the creation of the world’s newest human rights treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But just how good are things in practice? Are our governments living up to the promises they make when they ratify human rights treaties?

Human Rights in New Zealand is a comprehensive survey of the seven major international human rights treaties which New Zealand has signed and ratified, as well as the Universal Periodic Review. Based on four years of research, undertaken with the support of the New Zealand Law Foundation, this book concludes that significant faultlines are emerging in the human rights landscape. It sets out an agenda for change with recommendations for practical action.
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About the author

Judy McGregor, CNZM, was Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission 2002–2012. A trained lawyer and a former newspaper editor, she is currently a Professor in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at the Auckland University of Technology.

Sylvia Bell is a human rights lawyer, and former Principal Policy and Legal Adviser at the Human Rights Commission. She has been a leading contributor to legal publications on human rights, particularly in the Brookers series on family law and mental health.

Margaret Wilson is Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Waikato. Professor Wilson taught at Auckland Law School from 1972-1990 and was the founding Dean of Waikato Law School from 1990 to 1994 and remained on the teaching staff until 1999. From 1985 to 1989 she was Director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, from 1988 to 1989 as New Zealand Law Commissioner and in 1988 was Convenor of a Government Working Party on Equal Pay and Equal Opportunities. Margaret was also President NZ Labour Party from 1984–1987. From 1999 to 2005 she was Minister of the Crown with positions including Attorney-General, Minister of Labour, Minister Responsible for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister of Commerce, Minister for Courts and Associate Minister of Justice. In 1999 she was elected a List Member of Parliament and 2005 to 2008 she was Speaker of Parliament. Margaret was appointed to be Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009.

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Publisher
Bridget Williams Books
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Published on
Jul 14, 2016
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Pages
252
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ISBN
9780947492755
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / Human Rights
Political Science / World / Australian & Oceanian
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