UN report outlines problems
The United Nations has given New Zealand 155 recommendations to improve its human rights conditions.
Many of the recommendations made by the Universal Periodic Review working group in January relate to domestic violence and child poverty.
Green Party human rights spokesperson Jan Logie says the United Nations is sending a clear message.
‘‘New Zealand has lost ground when it comes to the protection of our women and children, and we must make improvements,’’ she says.
Family Court Reforms, Welfare reforms, Immigration Amendment Act, New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act were among law changes that have been singled out as regressive by experts, Ms Logie says.
‘‘Of course New Zealand has a lot to be proud of in terms of human rights,’’ she says.
‘‘Generations have fought very hard for the rights we have. It’s important that we honour those efforts by ensuring we keep progressing their visions and don’t lose any ground.’’
Key recommendations included establishing indicators to measure child poverty, strengthen plans to reduce child poverty and eliminate the gender pay gap.
Justice minister Judith Collins has welcomed the recommendations, saying the report was largely positive.
Ms Collins will now gather New Zealand responses to the recommendations and present them to cabinet before submitting them to the United Nations later this year.