Dear stakeholders and members of the public,
The New Zealand Government’s national 2nd cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report was approved by Cabinet on 29 October and submitted to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva overnight on 4 November 2013.
The report, which outlines New Zealand’s domestic human rights situation and steps the Government has taken towards implementing the last UPR report in 2009, has also been published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).
The report includes a section on Tokelau’s human rights situation as New Zealand is internationally responsible for the fulfilment of obligations contained in treaties that we extended to Tokelau. The Government of Tokelau was consulted on this section of the report. Given New Zealand’s special constitutional relationship with the Cook Islands and Niue, their governments have also been consulted and provided with an opportunity to comment on the draft report.
The drafting process involved over 20 agencies and departments and consultation meetings with stakeholders and individual members of the public in cities around New Zealand. A draft version of the report was released on the MFAT website for public consultation from 22 August to 18 September.
We would like to thank all of those who attended consultation meetings and provided feedback or submissions on the draft report during the consultation period. We would encourage those interested in the report and the UPR process to find out the various ways you can be involved.
New Zealand will undergo its UPR examination on 27 January 2014 in Geneva, represented by Minister of Justice, Hon Judith Collins.
United Nations, Human Rights and Commonwealth Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatu Aorere
Private Bag 18901 Wellington 5045