News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

UN calls for action on rights of children with disabilities

IHC is pleased that the latest United Nations review tracking New Zealand’s progress on human rights has called for more action on the rights of children with disabilities.

The draft Universal Periodic Review (UPR), issued by the UN Human Rights Council, released its recommendations at the weekend.

IHC Director of Advocacy Trish Grant says the specific focus on the rights of children with disabilities, and their family and whānau, is both welcome and timely.

“Like all children, those with disabilities have rights to education and health – and most importantly, to feel safe and grow up in their community,” says Trish.

“This report reaffirms the importance of positive and practical steps to make sure children with disabilities have good childhoods alongside their non-disabled peers.

“Too often, children with disabilities tend to be overlooked in policy initiatives and service delivery.

In the report, Belgium recommends that New Zealand “strengthens efforts to combat the marginalization and discrimination of children with disabilities, especially in their access to health, education, care and protection services.”

Trish says it’s time we take down those barriers that children with disabilities face – so that they are included, and enjoy their rights on an equal basis with others.

“The emphasis on inclusive education and ensuring New Zealand meets international standards is especially welcome.

“I look forward to the Government’s response to the UPR recommendations, which is due in June 2019.”


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

ASB Classic: Serena Williams Confirmed For 2020

One of the biggest names in sport has confirmed she will be returning to the ASB Classic in 2020. Twenty-three time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams will return to Auckland’s ASB Tennis Arena to challenge for the ASB Classic title. More>>

Netball: Taurua To Coach Silver Ferns Through Two More Campaigns

Netball New Zealand has confirmed Taurua will guide the Silver Ferns as they take on the Australian Diamonds in October’s Cadbury Netball Series (Constellation Cup), along with the Northern Quad Series in late January. More>>

ALSO:

Bigger But Less Novel Than The Parrot: Giant Fossil Penguin Find

The discovery of Crossvallia waiparensis, a monster penguin from the Paleocene Epoch (between 66 and 56 million years ago), adds to the list of gigantic, but extinct, New Zealand fauna. These include the world’s largest parrot, a giant eagle, giant burrowing bat, the moa and other giant penguins. More>>

Wellington: Little Blue Penguins Near Station Again

There have been more sightings of penguins near Wellington Railway Station on Sunday night, this time waddling into a parking building above a burger restaurant. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland