Our submissions

"Right to serve in the Army"
(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)

UN treaty body reform
(contribution to a consultation with NGOs, Intergovernmental process on the strengthening of human rights treaty bodies, letter of 9 August 2012)

Shadow report on Australia
(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)

Shadow report on Mexico
(contribution to the CRPD 12th session 15 September -3 October 2014)

Shadow report on Mongolia
(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)

Shadow report on Brazil
(contribution to the CRPD 13th session and pre-session working group 20-24 April 2015)

Shadow report on Gabon
(contribution to the CRPD 13th session and pre-session working group 20-24 April 2015)

Shadow report on Mauritius
(contribution to the CRPD 13th session and pre-session working group 20-24 April 2015)

Shadow report on Portugal
(contribution to the CRPD 14th session and pre-session working group 17 August - 11 September 2015)

Shadow report on Serbia
(contribution to the CRPD 14th session and pre-session working group 17 August - 11 September 2015)

Shadow report on Thailand
(contribution to the CRPD 14th session and pre-session working group 17 August - 11 September 2015)


Newsroom

1. POLICY STATEMENTS

Secretary General says Equal Opportunity for Self-determination Would Empower Persons with Autism to Make Stronger Positive Impact in World Observance Message (30 March 2017)

Secretary-General Calls for Inclusive World Embracing All Humanity's Diversity, in Message on International Day of Persons with Disabilities (1 December 2016)

"We Can Move World Forward by Leaving No One Behind", says UN Secretary-General in Message  for International Day of Persons with Disabilities (25 November 2015)

"Dignity Integral to Healthy, Fulfilling Lives for Persons with Mental Disabilities", says UN Secretary-General in World Mental Health Day Message (8 October 2015)

"Disabilities are Part of Human Diversity", says UN Secretary-General in Message to World Federation of Deaf (28 July 2015)

"Employ Enormous Potential of People with Autism" , urges UN Secretary-General in Message for the World Awareness Day (30 March 2015)

"Sport for All" lauds UN Secretary-General in Video Message to Deaflympics (28 March 2015)

"The new sustainable development goals must address equality and help build a life of dignity for all, including persons with disabilities" says UN SG in Message for the World Down Syndrome Day (20 March 2015)

"Inclusive Technology Can Aid Persons with Disabilities in Reaching Their Potential", says UN Secretary-General in Message for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (28 November 2014)

"Inclusion Critical for Equal Participation and Contribution of Persons with Disabilities" says UN Secretary-General in Message to Asia-Pacific Countries on Initiative for Persons with Disabilities(10 November 2014)

"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)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the proclamation of the third Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities 2013-2022: "Empowering Persons with Disabilities Strengthens Human Solidarity for Everyone" (South Korea, 30 October 2012)

2. RATIFICATIONS

Sao Tome and Principe  accedes the CRPD Convention (November 2015)

Bahamas and DRC ratify/accede the CRPD Convention (September 2015)

Gambia accedes the CRPD Convention (July 2015)

Madagascar and Trinidad and Tobago ratify the CRPD Convention (June 2015)

Kazakhstan ratifies the CRPD Convention (April 2015)

Marshall Islands accede the CRPD Convention (March 2015)

Viet Nam ratifies the CRPD Convention (February 2015)

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 (January 2017)

CRPD adopts General Comment 1 (on Art 12) and General Comment 2 (on Art 9),Guidelines on Article 14 (liberty and security of persons with disabilities) and Guidelines on interaction with DPO/NGOs. The CRPD  also adopts new views on individual petitions (October 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, 10-12 June 2014)

4. CRPD CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS

CRPD adopts Concluding Observations on the initial reports of

5. CRPD LIST OF ISSUES

CRPD adopts the List of Issues on Armenia, Bosnia and Hezegovina, Canada, Cyprus, Honduras, Iran, Jordan, Moldova and schedules the constructive dialogue with these States for the upcoming 17th session (20 March - 17 April 2017)

CRPD schedules adoption of List of Issues on Haiti, Latvia, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, Panama, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the meeting of the pre-sessional working group and upcoming 17th session (13 March - 17 April 2017)

6. OTHER TREATY BODIES

The Committee against Torture shares the CRPD concerns at possible practices of ill-treatment against persons with disabilities in Peru (November 2012)

7. UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW

UPR of Peru insists on the implementation gaps found by the CRPD Committee (November 2012)

UPR of Argentina insists on the implementation gaps found by the CRPD Committee (October 2012)

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)

       

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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 for the next three years of operation (2016-2018) includes developing programs in the following activity areas:

  1. Empowering national civil society organizations
  2. 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);

  3. Assisting national governments in implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  4. 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;

  5. Supporting the monitoring functions of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  6. 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;

  7. Empowering persons with disabilities and help them to defend their individual rights both at national and international levels
  8. 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;

  9. Disseminating disability rights related best practices
  10. 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;

  11. Working with UN Agencies and the CRPD Conference of States parties
  12. 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.

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Disability Council International (DisabCouncil) counts on the generous contributions of sponsors for the successful realization of its plan of action 2016-2018 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)

DisabCouncil's Executive Board

  1. Anna Lachowska, human rights defender, Chairperson, 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)




Upcoming events

18th session of the CRPD Committee (14 August - 1 September 2017)

A. Dialogue with Governments and Adoption of Concluding Observations

  1. Latvia 
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs
    2. LATMIL
    3. FRA
    4. ZELDA
    5. Ombudsman

  2. Luxembourg 
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs
    2. FRA
    3. NHRI

  3. Montenegro 
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs

  4. Morocco 
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs
    2. HRW
    3. NHRI

  5. Panama 
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs

  6. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies

    Contributions from civil society
    1. Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability
    2. Disability Rights UK and Disability Wales
    3. ROFA
    4. BMH
    5. FRA
    6. Equality and HRC
    7. UKIM
    8. Northern Ireland HRC


B. Adoption of Lists of Issues
  1. Bulgaria 
    SP report
    List of Issues (tba)**

    Contributions from civil society
    1. Bulgaria Helsinki Committee
    2. FRA

C. Adoption of Lists of Issues Prior to Reporting
  1. Argentina 
    LoIPR (tba)*
    SP Report

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs

  2. Australia 
    LoIPR (tba)*
    SP Report

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs

  3. Ecuador 
    LoIPR (tba)*
    SP Report

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs

  4. Tunisia 
    LoIPR (tba)*
    SP Report

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs

_____________
*(To be adopted at the session) 

Meeting of the CRPD Pre-Sessional Working Group
(04-08 September 2017)

Adoption of Lists of Issues

  1. Nepal
    SP report
    List of Issues (tba)**

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs

  2. Oman 
    SP report
    List of Issues (tba)**

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs

  3. Russian Federation 
    SP report
    List of Issues (tba)**

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs

  4. Seychelles 
    SP report
    List of Issues (tba)**

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs

  5. Sudan 
    SP report
    List of Issues (tba)**

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs

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**(To be adopted at the pre-session) 
 

More information can be found on CRPD website by clicking here


Our capacity building tools

NGOs Guide for Shadow Reporting
[PDF]


Essential readings

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted 13 December 2006 by the UN General Assembly

Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted 13 December 2006 by the UN General Assembly


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Recent Events and Developments

17th session of the CRPD Committee (20 March - 17 April 2017)

A. Dialogue with Governments and Adoption of Concluding Observations

  1. Armenia
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies
    Concluding Observations

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs
    2. Vanadzor
    3. Human Rights Defender
    4. Human Rights Watch

  2. Bosnia and Herzegovina
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies
    Concluding Observations

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs
    2. Global Initiative
    3. Human Rights Ombudsman

  3. Canada
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies
    Concluding Observations

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs
    2. DAWN-RAFH Canada
    3. ASAN Canada
    4. Mad Canada
    5. Canadian Human Rights Commission
    6. Global Initiative

  4. Cyprus
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies
    Concluding Observations

    Contributions from civil society
    1. Hope for Children
    2. NHRI
    3. FRA
    4. Pancyprian Alliance

  5. Honduras
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies
    Concluding Observations

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs
    2. CONADEH
    3. Retornados con Discapacidad

  6. Iran
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies
    Concluding Observations

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs
    2. Global Initiative
    3. CSHR

  7. Jordan
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies
    Concluding Observations

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs
    2. Deaf Community
    3. Global Initiative
    4. NCHR

  8. Moldova
    SP report
    List of Issues & Replies
    Concluding Observations

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs
    2. MDAC
    3. Advocates for Human Rights'
    4. Equal Rights Trust'


B. Adoption of Lists of Issues
  1. Panama
    SP report
    List of Issues (tba)*

    Contributions from civil society
    1. DPOs


  2. C. Adoption of Lists of Issues Prior to Reporting
    1. El Salvador
      LoIPR (tba)*
      SP Report

      Contributions from civil society
      1. DPOs

    2. Hungary
      LoIPR (tba)*
      SP Report

      Contributions from civil society
      1. DPOs
      2. MDAC
      3. Child Rights
      4. EFOESZ
      5. NHRI

    3. Peru
      LoIPR (tba)*
      SP Report

      Contributions from civil society
      1. DPOs

    4. Spain
      LoIPR (tba)*
      SP Report

      Contributions from civil society
      1. DPOs
      2. Autistic Minority International
      3. ENUSP

    _____________
    *(To be adopted at the session) 

    Meeting of the CRPD Pre-Sessional Working Group
    (13-20 March 2017)

    Adoption of Lists of Issues

    1. Haiti
      SP report
      List of Issues (tba)**

      Contributions from civil society
      1. DPOs

    2. Latvia
      SP report
      List of Issues (tba)**

      Contributions from civil society
      1. DPOs
      2. LATMIL
      3. FRA
      4. ZELDA
      5. Ombudsman

    3. Luxembourg
      SP report
      List of Issues (tba)**

      Contributions from civil society
      1. DPOs
      2. FRA
      3. NHRI

    4. Montenegro
      SP report
      List of Issues (tba)**

      Contributions from civil society
      1. DPOs

    5. Morocco
      SP report
      List of Issues (tba)**

      Contributions from civil society
      1. DPOs
      2. HRW
      3. NHRI

    6. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
      SP report
      List of Issues (tba)**

      Contributions from civil society
      1. Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability
      2. Disability Rights UK and Disability Wales
      3. ROFA
      4. BMH
      5. FRA
      6. Equality and HRC
      7. UKIM
      8. Northern Ireland HRC

    _____________

    **(To be adopted at the pre-session) 
     

    More information can be found on CRPD website by clicking here


     

 
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