How we work at home
Amnesty International's Lobbying
Amnesty International influences New Zealand’s law and policy on human rights both at home and overseas. We do so by engaging with the New Zealand government, public sector, key people and groups.
We do this by:
- Informing the Government and other key bodies of our latest research, reports and recommendations.
- Lobbying MPs and other key bodies to protect and promote human rights.
- Meeting and consulting with key bodies to encourage action for human rights.
- Working with stakeholders during key moments such as New Zealand’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
We can engage the New Zealand government through various forums. The most significant of these are inter-governmental organisation (IGO) sessions. These allow the Government to express concerns, welcome changes or make recommendations to other states.
Other channels include:
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
The UPR assesses whether a country is meeting all its international human rights obligations. It aims to ensure the improvement of the human rights situation on the ground.
The Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council meets at least three times a year in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to the UPR, the Council looks into the various human rights issues of the day and passes resolutions on the most serious.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
The UNSC is primarily responsible for safeguarding international peace and security. It takes the lead in determining how the international community should respond to situations of conflict and crisis.
Treaty Bodies ensure a country complies with the various treaties it may have signed to promote and protect human rights. States must report their progress on meeting obligations. Experts on the Treaty Body committee are then able to make recommendations on future steps. These recommendations are known as Concluding Observations.
Amnesty International regularly make submissions to the New Zealand government and other international bodies. Submissions allow us to present our observations and recommendations on specific issues, which are then viewed by a select committee or expert body. We may also ask to present written submissions in person.