A bill to establish a full-time Disability Rights Commissioner who will promote and protect the rights of disabled people was introduced to Parliament today by Justice Minister Simon Power.
“Having a dedicated Disability Rights Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission reinforces this Government’s commitment to promoting and monitoring mechanisms that will really make a difference to the lives of disabled people,” Mr Power said.
The Human Rights Amendment Bill also makes changes to the composition, governance arrangements, and functions and powers of the commission, to strengthen its performance and enable it to better respond to emerging human rights issues.
“Strengthening the commission will enhance New Zealand’s ability to comply with its international human rights obligations, as well as benefiting the implementation of domestic human rights legislation.
Mr Power said the bill:
- Race relations, equal employment opportunities, and disability rights.
- Other specialised priority areas of human rights (designated by the Chief Commissioner, after consultation with the Minister of Justice and the commission).
The bill can be found here.