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New Zealand

Bill of Rights Act as adopted 1990.

Section 20 [Rights of Minorities]

    A person who belongs to an ethnic, religious, or linguistic minority in New Zealand shall not be denied the right, in community with other members of that minority, to enjoy the culture, to profess and practise the religion, or to use the language, of that minority.

Section 24 [Criminal Justice]

    (g) Shall have the right to have the free assistance of an interpreter if the person cannot understand or speak the language used in court

Note: Further information on the constitutional background of New Zealand provided by the International Constitutional Law Project at the University of Bern.

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