The Human Rights Foundation is a non-governmental organisation, established in December 2001, to promote and defend human rights through research based education and advocacy. We have made submissions on new laws with human rights implications. We also monitor compliance and implementation of New Zealand’s international obligations in accordance with the requirements of the international conventions New Zealand has signed, and have prepared shadow reports for relevant United Nations treaty bodies to be considered alongside official reports. Though the primary focus of the Foundation is on human rights in New Zealand, we recognise the universality of human rights and have an interest in human rights in the Pacific and beyond.
The Foundation is registered as a society under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 and has charitable status approved by the IRD. Among other things this means your donations are deductible for tax purposes.
Our Patron is former Governor General and High Court Judge, Dame Silvia Cartwright and our Chairperson Peter Hosking.