Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Collins welcomes UN report on racial discrimination

Hon Judith Collins
Minister of Justice
Minister for Ethnic Affairs

4 March 2013

Collins welcomes UN report on racial discrimination

Justice and Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins has welcomed the latest report of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on New Zealand’s progress at tackling racial discrimination and inequality.

Ms Collins presented to the Committee on behalf of the New Zealand Government at a two-day meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on 21 and 22 February.

“I am very pleased to say that during the review, the Committee noted New Zealand’s efforts to combat racial discrimination represented many examples of best practice globally and that these would be recommended to other countries.

“The Committee specifically observed that New Zealand has put in place valuable programmes such as Better Public Services, Addressing the Drivers of Crime, the Youth Employment Package, the Alcohol and Other Drug Courts and the New Zealand Police ethnic strategy, aimed at improving ethnic relations and raising multi-cultural awareness.

“As an active player in the UN system, we are committed to meeting our obligations under the human rights treaties we are party to.

“New Zealand values diversity and prides itself on being an inclusive society. The convention mirrors the natural desire in every New Zealander to see that everyone is given a fair go.

“We will give serious consideration to the concluding observations made by the Committee, many of which are already being addressed, and will respond to them in due course,” Ms Collins said.

The UN’s 175 member countries are required to periodically report on the steps they take to eliminate racial discrimination, and to regularly appear before its Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The Committee is a panel of 18 independent experts elected by the convention’s member states. It last reviewed New Zealand in 2007. Its findings are not legally binding.

The Committee’s full report is available at http://bit.ly/13yX94t and press release is available at http://bit.ly/13yX4gY.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: New Figures Show Speculators Rampant

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

False Official Information Response: English's Apology Accepted

Finance Minister Bill English is being thanked for his apology to New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters... Mr English says his staff and the Treasury have searched again, and they found the document that they denied having. More>>

ALSO:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news