25 Jul 2009

UN to review NZ Bill of Rights status

6:13 am on 25 July 2009

The United Nations is to review New Zealand's human rights record on Friday.

The UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva will draw up a list of issues to put to a New Zealand Government delegation next year.

The review relates to the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights, a treaty on which the 1990 New Zealand Bill of Rights Act is based.

New Zealand was previously reviewed in 2001 when it was criticised by the UN, which did not think the Bill of Rights held sufficiently high status in New Zealand law.

The Law Society's human rights committee says New Zealand has a good human rights record but there are areas which could be improved.