Our submissions

(contribution to OHCHR study on 'work and employment of persons with disabilities', HRC 22nd session, March 2013)
 

>Shadow report on Paraguay
(contribution to CRPD 8th & 9th sessions, 17-28 Sept 2012; 15-19 April 2013)
 

>Supplementary shadow report on Paraguay (contribution to the CRPD 9th session, 15-19 April 2013) 
 

(contribution to a consultation with NGOs, Intergovernmental process on the strengthening of human rights treaty bodies, letter of 9 August 2012)
 
 
(contribution to the CRPD 9th session, 15-19 April 2013)
 
 
>Our submission for the CRPD Day of General Discussion on "Women and Girls with Disability", (17 April 2013) 
 
 
>Shadow report on El Salvador (contribution to the CRPD 9th
session, 15-19 April 2013)
 
 
>Shadow report on Austria (contribution to the CRPD 10th session, 2-13 September 2013)
 
 
>Shadow report on Azerbaijan (contribution to the CRPD 10th session, 2-13 September 2013)
 
 
>Shadow report on Costa Rica (contribution to the CRPD 10th session, 2-13 September 2013)
 
 
>Shadow report on Sweden (contribution to the CRPD 11th session, 31 March -11 April 2014)
 
 
(contribution to the CRPD 12th session 15 September -3 October 2014)
 
 
(contribution to the CRPD 12th session and pre-session working group 7-10 October 2014)
 
 
>Shadow report on Cook Islands ( contribution to the CRPD 12th session and pre-session working group 7-10 October 2014)
 
 
>Shadow report on Turkmenistan (contribution to the CRPD 12th session and pre-session working group 7-10 October 2014)
 
 

 
 
 

Newsroom

1. POLICY STATEMENTS
 
>Disability is part of the human condition, says UN Secretary-General at UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on Disability and Development (23 September 2013)
 
>We Need to Bridge Gap Between Well-Meaning Commitments and Long Overdue Actions, Says UN Secretary-General in Message for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (27 November 2012)
 
>More Work Needed to Build Inclusive, Accessible Societies, Says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (New York, 19 November 2012)
 
 
2. RATIFICATIONS
 
>Congo, Guinea-Bissau and Guyana ratify the CRPD Convention (September 2014)
 
>Grenada ratifies the CRPD Convention (August 2014)
 
 >Angola and Burundi accede/ratify the CRPD Convention (May 2014)
 
>Palestine and Switzerland accede the CRPD Convention (April 2014)
 
>Andorra and Georgia ratify the CRPD Convention (March 2014)
 
>Côte d'Ivoire and Japan ratify the CRPD Convention (January 2014)
 
>Tuvalu accedes the CRPD Convention (December 2013)
 
>Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Venezuela and Zimbabwe accede/ratify the CRPD Convention (September 2013)
 
>Kuwait accedes the CRPD Convention (August 2013) 
 
>Singapore ratifies the CRPD Convention (July 2013)
 
>Norway and Palau ratify the CRPD Convention (June 2013)
 
>Iraq ratifies the CRPD Convention (March 2013)
 
>Albania and Barbados ratify the CRPD Convention (February 2013)

>Cambodia ratifies the CRPD Convention (December 2012)
 
>Dominica and Malta ratify the CRPD Convention (October 2012)

>Israel, Poland and Russia ratify the CRPD Convention (September 2012)
 
 
 3. CRPD AFFAIRS

>CRPD States Parties Reporting Status Update (October 2014)

>CRPD adopts General Comment 1 (on Art 12) and General Comment 2 (on Art 9) and Guidelines on interaction with DPO/NGOs. The CRPD also adopts new views on individual petitions (April 2014)

>CRPD Committee concludes its 9th session and schedules a meeting with States parties for September 2013 (19 April 2013)
 
>CRPD Committee concludes its 8th  session, and schedules day of general discussions on 'women and girls with disabilities' (28 September 2012)
 
>New 9 Members elected to the CRPD Committee (CSP, 9-12 September 2012)
 
 
4. CRPD CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS
 
>CRPD adopts Concluding Observations on the initial reports of
>Belgium (September 2014)
>Denmark (September 2014)
>Ecuador (September 2014)
>Mexico (September 2014)
>New Zealand (September 2014)
>South Korea (September 2014)
>Azerbaijan (April 2014)
>Costa Rica (April 2014)
>Sweden (April 2014)
>Australia (September 2013)
>Austria (September 2013)
>El Salvador (September 2013)
>Paraguay (April 2013)
>Argentina (September 2012)
>China (September 2012)
>Hungary (September 2012) 
>Peru (April 2012),
>Spain (September 2011) and
>Tunisia (April 2011)
 

5. CRPD LIST OF ISSUES
 
>CRPD adopts the List of Issues on Cook Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Turkmenistan (September 2014) and on  Germany (April 2014), and schedules the constructive dialogue with these States for the upcoming 13th session (25 March-17 April 2015)

>CRPD schedules adoption of List of Issues on Brazil, Gabon, Kenya, Mauritius, Qatar, Ukraine for the upcoming 13th session and subsequent meeting of the pre- session working group (25 March-24 April 2015)
 
 
6. OTHER TREATY BODIES


 
7. UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW

 
 
8. OTHERS
 
>UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo: Report to the UN General Assembly on violence against women with disabilities (October 2012)

>OHCHR study on violence against women and girls, and disability (HRC, 20th session, June 2012)

>Millennium Development Goals: a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond (Report of the UN Secretary-General to the 67th session of the UN General Assembly, October 2012) 
 
       

About us

Contents

 
 
 
 
 

DisabCouncil's Mission and Action Plan

 

OUR MISSION

DisabCouncil’'s mission is to work for INCLUSIVE and ACCESSIBLE societies for persons with disabilities all over the world.

 

OUR ACTION PLAN

The Plan of Action adopted for the next three years of operation (2012-2015) includes developing programs in the following activity areas:
 
 
    A. Empowering national civil society organizations
 
1.    A range of awareness raising and capacity building projects will be developed to empower national civil society organizations working to promote the rights of persons with disabilities with the knowledge needed to contribute to the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at national level; to assist national disability NGOs in monitoring the implementation of the Convention by States parties, by helping national disability NGOs in the preparation of shadow reports (including through the development of reporting guidelines for national disability NGOs);
 
 
    B. Assisting national governments in implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

2.    To assist States parties in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with a range of capacity building programs that clarify for States parties the contents and the objectives of the Convention as well as to suggest practical ways of transforming the provisions of the Convention into concrete steps that bring visible changes in societies around the world to make them more inclusive and accessible for persons with disabilities (both the physical environment (inclusive and accessible  public buildings, and transportation means ) and the societal environment (inclusive and accessible education, employment, communities, political life, leisure and recreation, communications and information).   This involves assistance in the development and implementation of short, medium and long term national disability plans including suggestion of normative reforms and practical measures for the implementation of the Convention at national level. This program also includes provision of assistance to States in the preparation of reports to the UN international Committee of experts;

 

C.    Supporting the monitoring functions of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

3.    To assist the UN international Committee of experts in monitoring the implementation of the Convention by States parties, through programs and projects that contemplate bringing representatives of national NGOs to brief the Committee on reporting States; to provide  quality alternative reports on States parties’ reports  submitted to the UN Committee of experts; to contribute to the drafting of General Comments of the Committee when requested; to contribute to the discussion of important issues of implementation of the Convention, including through active participation in the Days of General Discussion organized by the Committee and in side events of the Conference of States parties to the CRPD;

 

D.    Empowering persons with disabilities and help them to defend their individual rights both at national and international levels

 4.    To  assist persons with disabilities in defending their human rights both at national level before local organs of justice, and at the international level before the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and other human rights mechanisms including the Universal Periodic Review mechanism and Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council in particular on urgent and early warning issues;

 

E.    Disseminating disability rights related best practices

 5.    To contribute to the dissemination of best practices in the promotion and protection of the human rights of persons with disabilities, including by contributing to a closer cooperation between States in all areas covered by the Convention; the exchange of scientific information and share of innovations that can have an impact in the life of persons with disabilities and the realization of their human rights worldwide;

 

F.    Working with UN Agencies and the CRPD Conference of States parties

6.    To work closely with UN Agencies and in particular the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights  and the CRPD Conference of States parties in the realization of the purposes and objectives of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Support us


 

 Become a member

 If you are interested in joining us in the work for the promotion of the human rights of persons with disabilities, and become a member of the Disability Council International (DisabCouncil), please contact us.
 
 If already a member, please access the members area here:  Members only

  


 Donate

If you are interested in supporting our work and the cause of disability rights worldwide, 
please donate,
 
 
  By Bank Transfer:
 
 Our Bank details:
 PostFinance
 La Poste Suisse
 Rue du Chateau-d'En-Bas 33
 1631 Bulle, Suisse

 Disability Council International Account details:
 Account number: 12-682549-2
 IBAN: CH55 0900 0000 1268 2549 2
 SWIFT/BIC Code: POFICHBEXXX
 
 
  or directly online by clicking here:
 
 

 

 

Our donors

Disability Council International (DisabCouncil) counts on the generous contributions of sponsors for the successful realization of its plan of action 2012-2015 covering countries in all regions of the globe.

Donor support is essential to enable Disability Council International to accomplish its mission of empowering persons with disabilities and build societies inclusive and accessible to persons with disabilities across the world.

DisabCouncil's sponsors are development agencies of member States of the United Nations, international organizations, as well as private donor entities such as foundations, charity, members and private individuals.

DisabCouncil is eagerly looking to expand its list of partners sponsors interested in funding the projects and programs in its action plan. Organizations interested in supporting the DisabCouncil's action plan to promote the full realization of the human rights of persons with disabilities worldwide are welcome to contact us for discussion of the ways in which this support could be provided.

While DisabCouncil remains independent from donors in the design and implementation of its action plan, sponsors can choose specific projects in the DisabCouncil's action plan for financial support. This allows donors to have control over the proper use of their resources.      
 
 
Donors (who recently joined our list of Partners):  
 
  •  Republic and Canton of Geneva (Switzerland)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Return to top  
 
 

 
 

DisabCouncil's Executive Board

 
1. Anna Lachowska, human rights defender, founder and Executive Director, Disability Council International.
 
2. Constance de la Vega, Professor of international human rights law, University of San Francisco, US.
 
3. William A. Schabas, Professor of international law, University of Middlesex, London; Chairman of the Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway.
 
4. Sheikha Hissa Khalifa Bin Ahmed Al-Thani, former UN Special Rapporteur on Disability (2003- 2009).
 
5. Jia Yang, Professor of public administration, Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing; Vice President of the Chinese Association of the Blind; former inaugural Member and Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2008-2012).
 
6. Philippe Kirsch, Queen's Counsel, Judge ad hoc, International Court of Justice; former President of the International Criminal Court; former Ambassador of Canada.
 
7. Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury, Senior Advisor, Center for Services and Information on Disability, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Chairperson, Bangladesh Blind Cricket Council; former inaugural Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2008-2012).

 8. Luis Nuno Correia de Azevedo, human rights activist.

 9. M. Cherif Bassiouni, Distinguished Research Professor of international law, DePaul University law School, Chicago, US; President, International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (Syracuse, Italy). 
 
 
 
Return to top

 



 


Upcoming events

13th session of the CRPD Committee (25 March - 17 April 2015)
 
 
Adoption of Concluding Observations
 
I.Cook Islands
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
II.Croatia
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. Disability Ombudsman
 
 
III.Czech Republic
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
IV.Dominican Republic
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report  
2. OPDs 1, 2, 3
 
 
V. Germany
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report  
4. BRK-Allianz 12
 
 
VI. Mongolia
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
VII.Turkmenistan
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
  _____________
*(To be adopted at the session) 
 
 
======********=====  
 
Meeting of the CRPD Pre-session Working Group
         (20-24 April 2015)
 
 
    Adoption of Lists of Issues
 
VIII.Brazil
List of Issues(tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
IX.Gabon
List of Issues(tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report

  
X.Kenya
List of Issues (tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
XI.Mauritius
List of Issues(tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report

 
XII.Qatar
List of Issues(tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
XIII.Ukraine
List of Issues (tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
  ______________
**(To be adopted at the pre-session) 
 
  
  More information can be found on CRPD website by clicking here.
 
 
 
 
 

Recent events and developments


12th session of the CRPD Committee (15 September - 3 October 2014)
 
 
Adoption of Concluding Observations
 
I.Belgium
 
Contributions from civil society
1. GRIP  12, 3
2. Belgian disability forum 1, 2
4. Equal Opportunities 1, 2
 
 
II. Denmark
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DPOs 1, 2, 3
2.Danish human rights institute 1, 2
 
 
III.Ecuador
 
 
VI.Republic of Korea
*(To be adopted at the session) 
 
 
======********=====  
 
Meeting of the CRPD Pre-session Working Group
         (7-10  October 2014)
 
 
    Adoption of Lists of Issues
 
VII.Cook Islands
 
Contributions from civil society
1. Disabcouncil analytic report
 
 
VIII.Croatia
 
Contributions from civil society
 
 
IX.Czech Republic
 
Contributions from civil society
 
 
X.Dominican Republic
 
Contributions from civil society
1. OPDs 1, 2, 3
 
 
XI. Mongolia
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
XII.Turkmenistan
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
  ______________
**(To be adopted at the pre-session) 
 
  
  More information can be found on CRPD website by clicking here.
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

©Disability Council International 2012, all rights reserved       About us    Members only
Contact us: P.O. Box 45 1239 Collex, Geneva, Switzerland | Tel. +41774032345 | Fax. +41225802781 |