Supporting the work of the United Nations
New Zealander Sir Robert Martin is the first person with a learning disability to be elected to a United Nations Committee. He sits on the United Nations Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disability Committee).
Here he explains how to make a complaint to the Disability Committee, and why complaining makes a difference.
More about complaining to the UN
New Zealand is part of the Optional Protocol on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which gives people the right to complain to the Disability Committee if they think their rights under the Convention have been breached.
Before people can complain to the UN, they need to have already complained through the independent mechanisms in their own countries. In New Zealand the independent mechanisms are:
- the Disabled People's Organisations' Coalition (a group of national disabled people’s organisations)
- the Human Rights Commission
- the Ombudsman.
Together these are called the Independent Monitoring Mechanisms (IMM). The IMM has created a guide for how to complain to the UN.
Making complaints to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities