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The United Nations is reviewing New Zealand’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).  The UNCRPD is a human rights document that outlines how governments can ensure that disabled people’s rights are being realised and barriers decreased. You can find out more about the UNCRPD here.

The UNCRPD requires countries to designate an independent mechanism to protect, promote and monitor its implementation. In New Zealand, the Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) is made up of the Office of the Ombudsman, the Human Rights Commission and the Disabled People’s Organisations’ Coalition.

Later this year, the IMM will make a report to the New Zealand Parliament and the United Nations called Making Disability Rights Real. We want to make sure that we tell the United Nations about the experience of disabled people in New Zealand, including the barriers they face and opportunities for change. To do this, we have produced a short survey that asks about key issues facing disabled New Zealanders.

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