Human rights were created after World War 2. Lots of countries got together and agreed that every person is special and unique. We all deserve protection and respect because we are all human.
Since then many international laws have been passed that set out these rights in more detail. The New Zealand government has signed up and agreed to these international laws so they are part of New Zealand law.
New Zealand has also passed lots of our own laws which give people rights. These cover a variety of topics, including things like your right to vote and your right to have your information kept private.
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