Human rights

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

This article explains how the Magna Carta marked the birth of a proud tradition of human rights in the UK, which eventually led to the passing of the Human Rights Act of 1998. You can read it here. 

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.


Ministry of Justice

Amnesty International NZ Section

Human Rights Foundation

Human Rights Commission

The NZ Centre for Human Rights

New Zealand Human Rights Blog

Human Rights Lawyers Association Aotearoa New Zealand

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