OPCAT Annual Report 2011/2012
New Zealand has a strong human rights reputation internationally and we should strive to strengthen this. Our human rights record affects our ability to trade and to speak and participate credibly in world affairs. After ratifying OPCAT in 2007, New Zealand was one of the first countries to establish a multi-agency NPM body. It has achieved significant success in OPCAT implementation. Six hundred and eighty visits have been conducted over the last five years to places where people are detained and a number of major reports and reviews of various detention issues have been completed.