Earlier this month, two of our leaders took part in the National Forum run by the Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM). People First NZ is a member of the DPO Coalition who is a partner of the IMM along with the Human Rights Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman. The forum was looking at how well the New Zealand Government is putting in place the rights in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Along with other disabled people Kris Roguski, National Chairperson and Midland Region President and Ronnie Sione, President of the Northern Region asked questions for the government at the online forum. The questions were based on recommendations from IMM’s Making Rights Real report and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Person with Disabilities.

Kris and Ronnie both asked questions about Article 19 of the disability convention – living independently and being included in the community. Ronnie said, “It was a great experience for me to be part of the IMM forum and to ask questions to the government. I hope the government will keep working hard to make sure disabled people have their rights and have a good life”.

Find out more and view the videos of the IMM forum at:

https://www.hrc.co.nz/our-work/people-disabilities/disability-convention-how-new-zealand-doing/