International Rule of Law and Human Rights - New Zealand

International Rule of Law and Human Rights

Finding solutions together

Aotearoa New Zealand and the Netherlands both have strong values incorporated in their foreign policy. Key elements are the promotion of international rule of law, peace and security, and the promotion of human rights.

Promoting Equal Rights for LGBTI+ People in the Region

SOGIESC assistance agreement NL and NZ

In the Pacific region the Netherlands focuses on the promotion of human rights for LGBTI+. Together with Aotearoa New Zealand the Netherlands provides multiannual funding to the Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network (PSGDN) Both the Netherlands and New Zealand champion and promote equal rights for persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) across the region.

In partnering with PSGDN, both Governments acknowledge the challenges involved in protecting and advancing SOGIESC-related rights in the Pacific. This support will help strengthen the capacity of local SOGIESC-related rights organizations, empower Pacific Islanders of diverse SOGIESC to have a voice in decision-making, and  address discrimination in law and practice.  

LGBTQI+promotion event residence of ambassador

The Embassy further promotes human rights of LGBTI+ in the Pacific by increasing knowledge among local activists on the international human rights system and building a regional LGBTI+ network, including by supporting Pacific Islands activists to attend the ILGA Oceania Regional Conference in the region.. 

In Aotearoa New Zealand the Embassy is a participant in the local Pride parade in Wellington and organised numerous events to promote and raise awareness about human rights of LGBTI+ including film screenings and panel discussions.