26 Sep 2009

NZ human rights report made to UN agency

8:50 am on 26 September 2009

New Zealand's latest progress report on human rights issues has been recognised by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Issues in the review included addressing social disparities between Maori and non-Maori, family violence and the number of Maori in prisons.

Equality of opportunities and the status of the Treaty of Waitangi were also covered.

Justice Minister Simon Power made a statement to the council that the Government was committed to respecting and strengthening human rights both nationally and internationally.

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says public meetings will be held by the Ministry of Justice and the Human Rights Commission to gauge feedback on some of the matters in the report.