IMM report launched
On Tuesday the Independent Monitoring Mechanism's (IMM) third status report on disability rights in New Zealand, 'Making Disability Rights Real' was launched.
(You can watch a recording of the launch on YouTube)
The report finds that New Zealand has a mixed record when it comes to the rights of disabled people. Although we do some things well, there is still a great deal of work required to remove barriers stopping disabled people from participating in society on an equal basis. The report also highlights the experience of disabled Māori and Pacific peoples.
The IMM have identified six key themes that must be prioritised to ensure the realisation of the fundamental rights set out in the Disability Convention in New Zealand:
- Seclusion and restraint
- Access to information and communication
Of these, education, housing and seclusion and restraint are identified as in need of immediate action.
In education, the key recommendations are the introduction of an enforceable right to inclusive education, there are resources available to achieve equitable access, and co-design (accessibility for all) is built into every stage of the education reform process.
The report also recommends that laws are created to make sure newly built houses meet universal design standards.
For seclusion and restraint, the report recommends strengthening the commitment to limiting the use of restraint on people with disabilities, and rapidly reducing and eliminating seclusion in secure health and disability facilities, through robust, achievable and timely policies.
These key themes indicate a wider disparity between disabled people and their non-disabled peers. The report notes that improvements in these areas will have significant positive effects on disabled people’s lives.
The IMM conducted a survey of disabled people and their supporters, and held public hui to inform the report.
The IMM will be publishing a separate report on the experiences of disabled people during Covid-19 lockdown later this year.
Read the report:
Making Disability Rights Real 2014 to 2019 - in English (Word Doc 7.35 MB)
Making Disability Rights Real 2014 to 2019 - in English (PDF 13.35 MB)
Making Disability Rights Real 2014 to 2019 - in Easy Read (PDF 1.59MB)
Making Disability Rights Real 2014 to 2019 - in large print (Word Doc 7.35 MB)
Making Disability Rights Real 2014 to 2019 - in te reo Māori (Word Doc 4.57 MB)
Video and audio versions:
Making Disability Rights Real (audio files) - YouTube
Making Disability Rights Real (New Zealand Sign Language) - YouTube
About the Independent Monitoring Mechanism
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is the overarching human rights document for disabled people. It reaffirms that all disabled people with all types of impairments must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The New Zealand Government showed its commitment by ratifying the UNCRPD in 2008.
To help monitor the implementation of the UNCRPD in New Zealand, a mechanism or group of agencies, the 'Independent Monitoring Mechanism' (IMM), was set up to monitor and report on the Government’s performance. This group is made up of the Human Rights Commission; the Ombudsman and the DPO Coalition.
DPO Coalition members are: DPA, Blind Citizens NZ, People First NZ, Deaf Aotearoa, Kāpo Māori O Aotearoa, Balance Aotearoa and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand.