Iwi leaders join UN scrutiny of Treaty, indigenous rights

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The Treaty of Waitangi will be a topic for the United Nations Human Rights Committee this week as part of a regular review to monitor compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Image: UN

New Zealand’s performance on the Treaty of Waitangi, indigenous rights, privatisation of prisons and the Trans Pacific Partnership will be raised this week at the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

It is part of a regular review to monitor compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Peace Movement Aotearoa says this country’s lack of constitutional and legal protection for civil and political rights will be among the issues raised at Geneva.

The National Iwi Chairs Forum, the Aotearoa Indigenous Rights Trust, the New Zealand Law Society and New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd are also among those raising issues.

The government will be represented by Justice Minister Amy Adams and officials from Justice and Foreign Affairs.

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