Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:04:49 +0000
Dear stakeholders and members of the public,
New Zealand will undergo its 2nd cycle Universal Periodic Review from 9am to 12pm on Monday 27 January in Geneva.
As you know, New Zealand’s national 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 Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has also published on its website New Zealand’s national report, a compilation of UN information and its summary of stakeholders’ information.
Minister of Justice, Hon Judith Collins, will lead the presentation to the Human Rights Council supported by a delegation of officials from the Ministry of Justice, Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The New Zealand Human Rights Commission will also attend the session, working closely with the official delegation.
Following the session, officials will be holding a debrief for interested New Zealand-based stakeholders in Geneva at 3:30pm on 27 January at the New Zealand Permanent Mission, which the New Zealand Human Rights Commission will attend. Please contact Alana.Messent@mfat.govt.nz if you would like to attend this meeting.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, together with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, will be hosting a second debrief session in Wellington for those in New Zealand interested in learning more about the session and about the work ahead responding to recommendations from states. Further details and invitations will be sent out over the next couple of weeks.
Again, we would like to thank all of those who attended the public consultation meetings and provided feedback or submissions on the draft national report during the consultation period. This feedback has been invaluable in ensuring that the process is as balanced and representative as possible.
Senior Policy Officer
United Nations, Human Rights and Commonwealth Division
T +64 4 439 8795 E firstname.lastname@example.org
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatu Aorere
Private Bag 18901 Wellington 5045