29 Oct 2009

Racial discrimination forms bulk of complaints

10:24 pm on 29 October 2009

Racial discrimination remains the most common form of complaint to the Human Rights Commission.

Waatea News reports the commission's 2009 report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday shows 40% of the 3489 complaints in the past year related to ethnicity.

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says most complaints are from international students, rather than tensions between Maori and non-Maori.

He says the balance involves broader human rights issues, such as the rights of seasonal workers and the right to education for children.