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Arthritis Staff Conference 8 November 2013. Paul Gibson Disability Rights Commissioner Human Rights Commission. Twenty years ago. Human Rights Act new grounds for complaint Disability Sexual orientation. Your human rights and making complaints.

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Arthritis Staff Conference8 November 2013

Paul Gibson

Disability Rights Commissioner

Human Rights Commission


Twenty years ago

  • Human Rights Act new grounds for complaint

  • Disability

  • Sexual orientation


Your human rights and making complaints

  • A guide for disabled people and their families


Range of Processes includes:

  • ‘Enquires’

  • Complaints of discrimination

  • Class action

  • Mediation


Range of Processes includes: continued

  • Litigation

  • Broader Human Rights matters

  • Powers of Inquiry

  • Part 1A (government) and part 2

  • Human rights issues are broader than discrimination


Promotion, protection, monitoring human rights approach

  • Accountability against international conventions

  • Participation of effected in decision making

  • Balancing rights, prioritising vulnerable


University course shifts to inaccessible premises

  • Disability plan across whole university

  • Funding to all tertiary education


TV channel made comments People First said were insulting

  • HRC helped them go to Broadcasting Standards Authority

  • Channel forced to apologise


Customer found no wheelchair accessible counter

  • At mediation, organisation agreed to make accessible; and

  • To better understand disability perspective; and

  • To make all new counters accessible; and

  • Apologised and made payment


Resolving issues for individuals is important

  • Changing systems to prevent discrimination and other human rights violations is the bigger goal


What are Human Rights?

  • ‘Respect for the inherent dignity of all people is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world’

  • ‘he tangata, he tangata, he tangata’


New Zealand’s Human Rights Successes

  • Treaty

  • Peace

  • Women

  • Social Welfare and Support

  • Transgender

  • Disability


United Nations Disability Convention

  • New Zealand’s role in development

  • Robert Martin

  • Kiwis with learning intellectual disability are global leaders, worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize


International Comparisons

  • Kimberley South Africa

  • Apartheid, truth and reconciliation

  • Kimberley Australia


International Comparisons - continued

  • Stolen generations, sorry

  • Kimberley New Zealand

  • Institutionalisation

  • As yet no apology


Violence, Abuse, Neglect, Bullying

  • Of disabled people in residential families

  • In relationships

  • Of students with arthritis in schools


How to make disability issues a priority

  • Celebrate

  • Acknowledge past

  • We need to create the interest, the energy, the resources for disability issues today


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