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Greenleaf, Graham --- "The ICCPR in NZ" [1995] PrivLawPRpr 77; (1995) 2(6) Privacy Law & Policy Reporter 117

The ICCPR in NZ

Human Rights in NZ - Report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZ), June 1995

This collection of papers documents NZ's Third Periodic Report to the UN Human Rights Committee (to December 1993), the Committee's responses to that report and the NZ Government's replies. It provides a valuable insight into the operation of the UNHRC, of particular significance to privacy issues since Toonen v Australia (1994) 1 PLPR 50. It details the ways in which the NZ Privacy Act 1993 embodies NZ's implementation of art 17 of the ICCPR, and the various other pieces of legislation that also contribute to this implementation. The NZ Government notes, in reply to questions, that any views adopted by the UNHRC in relation to NZ under the Optional Protocol to the ICCPR (that is, in complaint investigations) will be 'highly persuasive to the NZ courts', referring to recent decisions to this effect.

Graham Greenleaf


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