NZ told to improve human rights of LGBTQI people


For the first time ever during a universal periodic review, United Nations member states have made specific recommendations for New Zealand to improve the human rights of LGBTQI communities. Justice Minister Andrew Little is in Geneva for New Zealand’s third United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR), where overnight he reported the current state of Human Rights in New Zealand. As part of this process, UN member states made recommendations for specific areas New Zealand needs to improve on. Until now, New Zealand has never had a recommendation from UN member states during this process that relates to sexual orientation, sex characteristics, or gender identity and expression. Yet three countries – Chile, Australia, and Iceland – have highlighted that we have problems that need to be addressed.

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