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)
 

 

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
 
>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 2013)

>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
>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 Azerbaijan, Costa Rica and Sweden (September 2013) and schedules the constructive dialogue with these States for the upcoming 11th session (31 March-14 April 2014)

*CRPD schedules adoption of List of Issues on Germany for the upcoming 11th session (31 March-14 April 2014)
 
 
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)  
 
       
 
 
 

CRPD committee

 

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.
 
 
 
Other Activities

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,  PeruArgentina, ChinaHungary 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

 
 
 
3. 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 (Download here)
 
2. Rules of Procedure of the CRPD Committee (Download here)

3. Working methods of the CRPD Committee (Download here)
 
 
 
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Upcoming events

11th session of the CRPD Committee (31 March-11 April 2014)
 
 
A. Adoption of Concluding Observations
 
I. Azerbaijan
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. Independent Life 1, 2
3. UPDOs 1 , 2
 
 
 
II. Costa Rica
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. OPDs 1, 2
 
 
 
III. Sweden 
Concluding observations (tba)* 
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
4. Swedish 'equally unique'
 
 
 
B.Adoption of List of Issues
 
IV.Mexico
List of Issues (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. OPDs 1, 2
 
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*(To be adopted at the session) 
 
 
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Meeting of the CRPD Pre-session Working Group
         (14 -17 April 2014)
 
 Further Adoptions of Lists of Issues
 
 
V.Belgium
List of Issues (tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. GRIP  1, 2
 
 
 
VI. Denmark
List of Issues (tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DPOs
 
 
 
VII.Ecuador
List of Issues (tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
 
 
 
VIII. Germany
List of Issues (tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
3. BRK-Allianz 1, 2
 
 
 
IX.New Zealand
List of Issues (tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
2. DPOs
 
 
 
X.Republic of Korea
List of Issues (tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DPOs
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**(To be adopted at the pre-session) 
 
 
More information on the pre-session meeting available by clicking here.
 
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>CRPD is seeking comments on its draft guidelines on interaction with civil society organizations (deadlines: by 26 March 2014)
 
 
>CRPD is seeking comments on its first 2 Draft comments on articles of the Convention (deadlines: by 28 February 2014)
 
Draft Comment on Article 9
 
Draft Comment on Article 12
 
  
More information can be found on CRPD website by clicking here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Recent events and developments

10th session of the CRPD Committee (2 -13 September 2013)
 
 
A. Adoption of Concluding Observations
 
I. Australia
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. Australian CSOs: 1 , 2
 
 
II. Austria
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. Austrian CSOs: 1 ,  2
 
 
III. El Salvador 
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
3. DPOs: 1 ,  2
4. Fundacion Manos Magicas
 
 
 
B. Adoption of Lists of Issues
 
IV.Azerbaijan 
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
V. Costa Rica
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. OPDs
 
  
VI. Sweden
 
Contributions from civil society
 
  
 
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CRPD Jurisprudence
 
CRPD has adopted new views on individual petitions. Click here
 
 
 
More information on the  recent 10th session of the CRPD can be found on its website by clicking here. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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