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)


Newsroom

1. POLICY STATEMENTS

"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

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 (April 2015)

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 (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 Brazil, Gabon, Kenya, Mauritius, Qatar, Ukraine and the European Union (April 2015), and schedules the constructive dialogue with these States for the upcoming 14th session (17 August - 4 September 2015)

CRPD schedules adoption of List of Issues on Chile, Jordan, Lithuania, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia and Thailand for the upcoming 14th session and subsequent meeting of the pre- session working group (17 August- 11 September 2015)

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)

       

CRPD committee

Contents

Mandate and work

Legal foundation, Membership, Mandate, and Work

The Convention, its Optional Protocol, and the States Parties

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol entered into force on 3 May 2008 with a minimum of 20 ratifications required under article 45 of the Convention, and a State party becomes bound by the terms of the Convention, thirty days after its deposit of the instrument of ratification or accession to the UN Secretary-General.

By the end of June 2013, there were 132 States parties and 156 States signatories to the Convention. There were 77 States parties and 91 States signatories to the Optional Protocol.

The Committee

The Mandate of the Committee

In general terms the Convention deals with the substantive rights of persons with disabilities, whereas the Optional Protocol allows states to adhere to the procedure of acceptance of individual communications and inquiry procedures by the Committee. Therefore, under the Convention, the Committee is entitled to review reports of States parties, whereas under the Optional Protocol it is entitled to accept communications from individuals who allege that their rights have been violated. In addition under the Optional Protocol the Committee is also entitled to conduct on site visits to States parties, in case of reliable information indicating that serious and systematic violations of human rights of persons with disabilities are or have occurred in the State party concerned.

Membership

Under article 34 of the Convention, the Committee would have 12 experts at the time of entry into force of the Convention, and an additional six members after the deposit of 60 additional ratifications to make 18 members in total.

The initial founding twelve members of the Committee are (those with mandate expiration dates for 2012 indicated in bold):

Ms. Amna Ali Al Suweidi (Qatar) - 31/12/2012 (NOT re-elected)
Mr. Mohammed Al-Tarawneh (Jordan) - 31/12/2012 (re-elected until 2016)
Mr. Lotfi Ben Lallohom (Tunisia) - 31/12/2010 (re-elected until 2014)
Mr. Monsur Ahmed Chowdhuri (Bangladesh) - 31/12/2012 (NOT re-elected)
Ms. María Soledad Cisternas Reyes (Chile) - 31/12/2012 (re-elected until 2016)
Mr. György Könczei (Hungary) - 31/12/2010 (NOT re-elected)
Ms. Edah Wangechi Maina (Kenya) - 31/12/2010 (re-elected until 2014)
Mr. Ronald McCallum AO (Australia) - 31/12/2010 (re-elected until 2014)
Ms. Ana Peláez Narváez (Spain) - 31/12/2012 (re-elected until 2016)
Mr. Germán Xavier Torres Correa (Ecuador) - 31/12/2010 (re-elected until 2014)
Mr. Cveto URŠIČ (Slovenia) - 31/12/2010 (NOT re-elected)
Ms. Jia Yang (China) - 31/12/2012 (NOT re-elected)

During the elections held on 1 September 2010, at the third Conference of States parties, the following additional new members were elected with a mandate starting from 1 January 2011:

Ms. Theresia Degener (Germany), -31/12/2014
Mr. Hyng Shik Kim (Republic of Korea), -31/12/2014
Mr. Carlos Rios Espinosa (Mexico), -31/12/2014
Mr. Gabor Gombos (Hungary), -31/12/2012 (NOT re-elected)
Mr. Damjan Tatic (Serbia), -31/12/2014
Mr. Stig Langvad (Denmark), -31/12/2014
Ms. Silvia Judith Quang Chang (Guatemala), -31/12/2012 (re-elected until 2016)
Ms. Fatiha Hadj Salah (Algeria), -31/12/2012 (NOT re-elected)

At the same session of the Conference of States parties, the following founding members were re-elected for a further second term of four years starting on 1 January 2011:

Mr. Lotfi Ben Lallohom (Tunisia) - 31/12/2014
Mr. Germán Xavier Torres Correa (Ecuador) - 31/12/2014
Ms. Edah Wangechi Maina (Kenya) - 31/12/2014
Mr. Ronald McCallum AO (Australia) - 31/12/2014

New elections - September 2012

At the recent 5th session of the Conference of States parties to the CRPD to be held on 12-14 September 2012, half of the members (9) of the CRPD Committee were elected/re-elected. Below is the list of the new nine members elected/re-elected for a 4 -year term in the CRPD Committee starting on 1 January 2013:

Re-elected
Mr. Mohamed Al-Tarawneh (Jordan), -31/12/2016
Ms. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes (Chile), -31/12/2016
Ms. Ana Pelaez Narvaez (Spain), -31/12/2016
Ms Silvia Judith Wuang Chang (Guatemala), -31/12/2016

Newly elected
Mr. Martin Mwesigwa Babu (Uganda), -31/12/2016
Mr. Monthian Buntan (Thailand), -31/12/2016
Mr. Laszlo Gabor Lovaszly (Hungary), -31/12/2016
Ms. Diane Mulligan (UK), -31/12/2016
Ms. Safak Pavey (Turkey), -31/12/2016

The Work of the Committee

Sessions

The Committee held, by 1 July 2013, 9 sessions and one special inter-session meeting of its working group.

First session (February 2009)

During the first session held in February 2009, it elected its bureau as follows: a chair (Mr. Al-Tarawneh), four vice chairs (Ms. Ana Peláez Narváez, Ms. Jia Yang, Ms. Edah Maina and Mr. Mr. György Könczei) and a rapporteur (Mr. Ron McCallum), for a term of one year. It also established three working groups to prepare draft rules of procedure, working methods and the reporting guidelines.

The inter-session meeting of working groups (June 2009)

During the inter-session meeting of working groups held in June 2009, the members of the working groups discussed and adopted preliminary drafts of the reporting guidelines and the working methods.

Second session (October 2009)

At the second session held in October 2009, the Committee adopted the text of the reporting guidelines and proceeded to elect a new bureau of the Committee for a term of one year in the following composition: Chair, (Mr. Ron McCallum), vice-chairs (Mr. M. Al-Tarawneh, Ms. Ana Peláez Narváez and Ms. Jia Yang), rapporteur (Ms. Edah Maina). The Committee also conducted a day of general discussions on article 12 of the Convention.

Third session (February 2010)

At the third session held in February 2010, the Committee adopted its rules of procedure and the working methods. It also elected a Special Rapporteur on Communications (Ms. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes), and a liaison officer for contacts with other Treaty Bodies, Ms. Amna Ali Al Suweidi.
The Committee further established three working groups: to prepare a draft of a general comment on article 12, to prepare the Day of General Discussions on Accessibility and to follow up on the situation of persons with disabilities in situations of natural disaster.

Fourth session (October 2010)

At the fourth session held in October 2010, the Committee adopted the List of Issues on the initial report of Tunisia, and organized a Day of General Discussions on the topic of Accessibility.

Fifth session (April 2011)

At the fifth session held in April 2011, the Committee held its first ever constructive dialogue with a State party (Tunisia) and adopted its first Concluding observations on the initial report of Tunisia. The Committee also adopted the List of Issues on the initial report of Spain.
Also at this session, the Committee started to work with 18 members.

Sixth session (September 2011)

At the sixth session held in September 2011, the Committee held the constructive dialogue with the delegation of Spain, and adopted the Concluding observations on the initial report of Spain. The Committee also adopted the List of Issues on the initial report of Peru.

Seventh session (April 2012)

At the seventh session held in April 2012, the CRPD adopted the Concluding observations on the report of Peru and List of Issues on the reports of Argentina, China, and Hungary. It also reviewed its first individual communication (Sweden).

Eighth session (September 2012)

At the eighth session held in September 2012, the CRPD held a constructive dialogue with delegations of Argentina, China, and Hungary and adopted Concluding observations and recommendations on the initial reports of these States. The Committee also adopted the List of Issues on the Initial report of Paraguay. For a resume of the session kindly follow the news link here.
The Committee also reviewed its second individual communication (UK).

Ninth session (April 2013)

At the 9th session held in April 2013, the CRPD Committee held a constructive dialogue with the delegation of Paraguay, and adopted Concluding observations and recommendations on the initial report of this State party. The Committee also adopted the List of Issues on the initial reports of Australia, Austria, and El Salvador. The Committee also held one Day of General Discussion. The Committee also reviewed its third individual communication (Hungary). For a resume of the session please follow the news link here.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The Committee has actively commemorated the international day of persons with disabilities on 3 December 2009, launching an international campaign: “Let us empower persons with disabilities with the right to act!”. The campaign involved sending open letters to States parties and an appeal to persons with disabilities around the world by the Chair of the Committee.

Initial Reports of States Parties

Under the terms of the Convention (article 35), States parties are to submit their initial reports to the Committee, within two years from the date of entry into force of the Convention for them.
In May 2010, two years following the entry into force of the Convention for the initial 20 States parties, the Committee started to receive the initial reports. As of April 2013, the following States parties had submitted their initial reports:Armenia, Australia, Austria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, China, Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Germany, Hungary, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and UK.

The Committee has so far reviewed only seven reports (Tunisia, Spain, Peru, Argentina, China, Hungary, and Paraguay). A List of Issues was adopted on the reports of Australia, Austria, and El Salvador at the last ninth session of the Committee.
See DisabCouncil's shadow report on Paraguay here.

Click here for the supplementary report on Paraguay (jointly prepared by Parigual and DisabCouncil): E; S

For a full update on the status of reporting to the CRPD Committee, please click here

Upcoming 10th session (2-13 September 2013)

The Committee will hold its 10th session in September (2-13) 2013. During this session the Committee is planning to hold a constructive dialogue with Australia, Austria, and El Salvador and adopt the Concluding Observations on the initial reports of these States parties.

The CRPD Committee will also adopt Lists of Issues on the following States' initial reports: Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, and Sweden.

See DisabCouncil's shadow reports on Australia here, and on El Salvador here.

The CRPD is further planning to hold a meeting with States parties at the 10th session in September 2013.

Days of general discussions

1st Day of general discussion (Legal capacity) (October 2009)

2nd Day of general discussion (Right of Accessibility) (October 2010)

3rd Day of general discussion (Women and girls with disabilities) (April 2013)
Click here for the joint contribution by DisabCouncil and ParIgual to this Day of General Discussion (17 April 2013): E; S

Working methods

The CRPD Committee has adopted its Rules of Procedure, Reporting guidelines for States Parties, and working methods.

1. Reporting guidelines of the CRPD Committee for States Parties [PDF]

2. Rules of Procedure of the CRPD Committee [WORD]

3. Working methods of the CRPD Committee [WORD]





Upcoming events

14th session of the CRPD Committee (17 August - 4 September 2015)

A. Dialogue with Governments and Adoption of Concluding Observations

I. Brazil
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding Observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. DPOs

II. European Union
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. DPOs
3. IDDC
4. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children
5. EASPD
6. ENUSP
7. Belgian centre for equal oportunities

III. Gabon
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children

IV. Kenya
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. Mental disability advocacy center
3. USPK, KAIH & MDAC 
4. Kenyan national HR commission
5. United Disabled Persons Kenya

V. Mauritius
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children

VI. Qatar
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children

VII. Ukraine
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. OPDs
3. Ukrainian Coalition for persons with intellectual disabilities
4. National assembly of PD Ukraine

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*To be adopted at the session

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Meeting of the CRPD Pre-Sessional Working Group
(7-11 September 2015)

Adoption of Lists of Issues

VIII. Chile
SP report
List of Issues(tba)**

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report

IX. Jordan
SP report
List of Issues(tba)**

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. National center for H Rights

X. Lithuania
SP report
List of Issues (tba)**

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report

XI. Portugal
SP report
List of Issues(tba)**

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report

XII. Serbia
SP report
List of Issues(tba)**

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report

XIII. Slovakia
SP report
List of Issues (tba)**

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report

XIV. Thailand
SP report
List of Issues (tba)**

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report

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**To be adopted at the pre-session

More information can be found on CRPD website by clicking here

Conference of the States Parties to the CRPD Convention (8th session-New York, 9-11 June 2015)


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Recent events and developments

13th session of the CRPD Committee (25 March - 17 April 2015)

A. Dialogue with Governments and Adoption of Concluding Observations

I. Cook Islands
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. Cook Islands national disability council
3. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children

II. Croatia
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. Disability Ombudsman
2. Human Rights Watch
3. DPOs

III. Czech Republic
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. DPOs/NGOs 12
2. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children

IV. Dominican Republic
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. OPDs 1234
2. Autistic Minority International
3. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children
4. WFD & WASLI

V. Germany
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. Autistic minority international & Autistic Germany
2. Autistic Germany
3. BRK-Allianz 12
4. VENRO-Allianz
5. German institute for human rights

VI. Mongolia
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncianalytic report
2. DPOs  12
3. WFD & WASLI
4. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children

VII. Turkmenistan
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report

B. Adoption of List of Issues
VIII. European Union
SP report
List of Issues (tba)*

Contributions from civil society
1. DPOs
2. IDDC
3. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children
4. EASPD
5. ENUSP
6. Belgian centre for equal oportunities

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*To be adopted at the session

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Meeting of the CRPD Pre-Sessional Working Group
(20-24 April 2015)
Further Adoption of Lists of Issues

IX. Brazil
SP report
List of Issues (tba)**

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. DPOs

X. Gabon
SP report
List of Issues (tba)**

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children

XI. Kenya
SP report
List of Issues (tba)**

Contributions from civil society
1. Mental disability advocacy center
2. USPK, KAIH & MDAC
3. Kenyan national HR commission
4. United Disabled Persons Kenya

XII. Mauritius
SP report
List of Issues (tba)**

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children

XIII. Qatar
SP report
List of Issues (tba)**

Contributions from civil society
1. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children

XIV.Ukraine
SP report
List of Issues (tba)**

Contributions from civil society
1. OPDs
2. Ukrainian Coalition for persons with intellectual disabilities
3. National assembly of PD Ukraine

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**To be adopted at the pre-session

DGD on the Right to Education of Persons with Disabilities (15 April 2015, Palais des Nations, Geneva)

The CRPD Committee is seeking submissions for the Day of General Discussion on the Right to Education of Persons with Disabilities to be held on 15 April 2015 in Geneva.

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At the 13th session, the CRPD Committee has also adopted new views on individual petitions.

More information can be found on CRPD website by clicking here

 
 

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