coat of arms

Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

New Zealand reports to the United Nations’ Committee Against Torture periodically on measures taken to implement the “Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment” domestically.
In May 2017 the Committee released a “List of Issues” which New Zealand will reply to in its next report due in May 2019. The List of Issues covers a broad range of topics, including detention in prisons and Police facilities, young people in detention, mental health issues and violence against women.

The List of Issues is available to view here.

The Ministry of Justice is holding public consultations on the List of Issues and would like to invite members of the NZBA to attend.
There are four sessions:

  • Wellington – Monday 27th August from 12.30-2.00pm @ Victoria University, Piptea Campus, 27 Lambton Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011.
  • Christchurch – Wednesday 29th August 2018 from 12.30-2.00pm @ The Atrium in the Park, 455 Hagley Avenue, Christchurch 8011.
  • Auckland – Monday 3rd September 2018 from 1.30-3.00pm @ the Pioneer Women’s Hall, Ellen Melville Centre, 1 Freyberg Place, Auckland 1000.
  • CANCELLED - Rotorua – Tuesday 4th September 2018 from 12.30-2.00pm @ the Rotorua Energy and Events Centre, Queens Drive, Government Garden 3010.

Feedback from these meetings will inform New Zealand’s report to the UN and the work to further implement the Convention. The Ministry will also provide information on the reporting process and how the public can be involved.
If you would like to attend please register by emailing:


Ngā mihi,
The Human Rights Team at the Ministry of Justice

Sponsors & Service Providers