On 22 December 2021, the New Zealand Government is due to submit a Report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (the CERD Committee). The CERD Committee monitors how well New Zealand is implementing the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
CERD is the main international human rights treaty dealing with racial discrimination, and it focuses on matters such as addressing race-based discrimination or violence, and condemning ideas of racial superiority or hatred. It requires countries to protect human rights in an equitable way, including rights to health and adequate housing, and freedom of expression.
In order for the Government to report on how it is addressing these and other forms of racial discrimination, we are interested to hear from groups and the general public. We invite your feedback on New Zealand’s draft Twenty-Third and Twenty-Fourth Report to the CERD Committee.
The Report has three main functions, which are to:
Reports are due every two years but are often combined, which is why this Report will cover the period from 2016 to 2021. The draft Report has been written with input from many government agencies on their respective areas of responsibility.
The Report is structured to reflect CERD article by article. The articles cover areas such as housing, education, health and immigration. Many of these areas relate to current Government priorities, such as focusing on equitable outcomes across social services, improving partnerships with Māori, and creating a more inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Government will submit the Report to the CERD Committee by the due date of 22 December 2021. The final Report will be examined by the CERD Committee with a delegation from New Zealand present to answer questions. The review has not yet been scheduled because of COVID delays.
We're interested to hear from you what you think about the draft Report, and how closely the Report reflects, and responds to, the experiences of you and your communities.
We're particularly interested to hear from individuals and groups who experience various forms of racial discrimination, and are interested in your answers to the following questions:
Your feedback will help to inform the CERD Report and provide information about how the New Zealand Government is addressing racial discrimination.
Submissions are open from 26 October to 23 November 2021. You can submit your feedback by:
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.