This page contains links to do with human rights in New Zealand and the Magna Carta.
Dr Stephen Winter piece on Magna Carta and citizen stripping
This piece by Dr Stephen Winter examines how the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, used the Magna Carta to argue in his case for citizenship stripping. You can read it here.
Te Ara Encyclopaedia of New Zealand: Human Rights
This entry looks at the history of human rights and specifically at how they have been protected in NZ. It also looks at the international human rights treaties NZ has signed up to and pledged to enforce. You can read it here.
The Guardian: The Human Rights Act: 800 years in the making
Relevance of Magna Carta to Human Rights in the 21st Century
This transcript of a speech Lord McNally gave to the UK Magna Carta Trust gives a brief overview of how the Magna Carta has had an effect on human rights law throughout history. You can access it here.
Canada’s Speaker of the Senate on the Magna Carta and human rights
In this brief section, Speaker Kinsella details the influence of the Magna Carta on human rights today. You can find it here.
East Asian Forum: ASEAN’s ‘Magna Carta’ universalises human rights
This article argues that the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration is comparable to the Magna Carta in the way it advances human rights law. You can read it here. For an article arguing against this point, please click here.
United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Often referred to as the Magna Carta for all humanity, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations in 1948 and sets out in 30 articles basic freedoms and rights for all mankind. You can read it here and read some background on it here.
Human Rights Act 1993
This is the NZ legislation that created the Human Rights Commission and to to provide better protection of human rights in New Zealand in general accordance with United Nations Covenants or Conventions on Human Rights. You can access it here.