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

"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

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)

C├┤te 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)

       

Resources

Contents

DisabCouncil's submissions and tools

1. OHCHR Thematic Study on "Work and Employment of Persons with Disabilities" (HRC 22nd session, March 2013)

DisabCouncil's contribution to this thematic study [PDF]

View all submissions to this thematic study here

2. "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)
CRPD 9th Session ( 15-19 April 2013)

DisabCouncil's Alternative report on Paraguay [PDF]
DisabCouncil's Alternative report on Australia [WORD]
DisabCouncil's Alternative report on El Salvador [WORD]

Guide on Shadow Reporting for NGOs

DisabCouncil's reporting guide for NGOs [PDF]

CRPD States Parties Reporting Status Update

As of April 2015, there are 154 States Parties to the Convention and one Regional Integration Organization (the European Union). Under Article 35 of the Convention, States parties are to submit regular reports to the UN Committee, which has a mandate to review these reports and make recommendations to the States parties with a view to the full implementation of the Convention at national level.

Article 35 of the Convention (Reports by States Parties) states:

"1. Each State Party shall submit to the Committee, through the Secretary-General of the United Nations, a comprehensive report on measures taken to give effect to its obligations under the present Convention and on the progress made in that regard, within two years after the entry into force of the present Convention for the State Party concerned.
2. Thereafter, States Parties shall submit subsequent reports at least every four years and further whenever the Committee so requests." (Emphasis added)

1. The following States parties have submitted their initial reports to the CRPD Committee as of April 2015:

  1. Algeria
  2. Armenia
  3. Australia (reviewed, September 2013)
  4. Austria (reviewed, September 2013)
  5. Argentina (reviewed, September 2012)
  6. Azerbaijan (reviewed, March- April 2014)
  7. Belgium (review, September 2014)
  8. Bolivia
  9. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  10. Brazil (scheduled for adoption of list of issues -April 2015)
  11. Bulgaria
  12. Canada
  13. China (reviewed, September 2012)
  14. Chile
  15. Colombia
  16. Cook Islands (reviewed, March -April 2015)
  17. Costa Rica (reviewed, March-April 2014)
  18. Croatia (reviewed, March -April 2015)
  19. Cuba
  20. Cyprus
  21. Czech Republic (reviewed, March -April 2015)
  22. Denmark (reviewed, September 2014)
  23. Dominican Republic (reviewed, March-April 2015)
  24. Ecuador (reviewed, September 2014)
  25. EL Salvador (reviewed, September 2013)
  26. Ethiopia
  27. Gabon (scheduled for adoption of list of issues -April 2015)
  28. Germany (reviewed, March-April 2015)
  29. Guatemala
  30. Haiti
  31. Honduras
  32. Hungary (reviewed, September 2012)
  33. Iran
  34. Italy
  35. Jordan
  36. Kenya (scheduled for adoption of list of issues -April 2015)
  37. Latvia
  38. Lithuania
  39. Luxembourg
  40. Malta
  41. Mauritius (scheduled for adoption of list of issues -April 2015)
  42. Mexico (reviewed, September 2014)
  43. Mongolia (reviewed, March-April 2015)
  44. Montenegro
  45. Morocco
  46. Nepal
  47. New Zealand (reviewed, September 2014)
  48. Oman
  49. Panama
  50. Paraguay (reviewed, April 2013)
  51. Peru (reviewed, April 2012)
  52. Philippines
  53. Poland
  54. Portugal
  55. Qatar (scheduled for adoption of list of issues -April 2015)
  56. Republic of Moldova
  57. Republic of Korea (reviewed, September 2014)
  58. Russian Federation
  59. Rwanda
  60. Senegal
  61. Serbia
  62. Seychelles
  63. Slovakia
  64. Slovenia
  65. Spain (reviewed, September 2011)
  66. South Africa
  67. Sudan
  68. Sweden (reviewed, March-April 2014)
  69. Thailand
  70. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  71. Tunisia (reviewed, April 2011)
  72. Turkmenistan (reviewed, March -April 2015)
  73. Uganda
  74. Ukraine (scheduled for adoption of list of issues -April 2015)
  75. United Arab Emirates
  76. UK
  77. Uruguay
  78. European Union (scheduled for adoption of list of issues -March-April 2015)

All the reports submitted to the CRPD Committee can be accessed by clicking here

2. The following States parties have overdue initial reports to the Committee as of April 2015:

State Party Ratification date Initial report final
submission date

  1. Bangladesh 30 Nov 2007 (by 3 May 2010)
  2. Bahrein 22 Sept 2011 (by 22 Oct 2013)
  3. Belize 2 Jun 2011 (by 2 Jul 2013)
  4. Burkina Faso 23 Jul 2009 (by 23 Aug 2011)
  5. Cape Verde 10 Oct 2011 (by 10 Nov 2013)
  6. Egypt 14 Apr 2008 (by 3 May 2010)
  7. France 18 Feb 2010 (by 18 Mar 2012)
  8. Guinea 8 Fev 2008 (by 3 May 2010)
  9. India 1 Oct 2007 (by 3 May 2010)
  10. Indonesia 30 Nov 2011 (by 30 Dec 2013)
  11. Jamaica 30 Mar 2007 (by 3 May 2010)
  12. Lao 25 Sept 2009 (by 25 Oct 2011)
  13. Lesotho 2 Dec 2008 (by 2 Jan 2011)
  14. Malaysia 19 Jul 2010 (by 19 Aug 2012)
  15. Malawi 27 Aug 2009 (by 27 Sept 2011)
  16. Maldives 5 Apr 2010 (by 5 May 2012)
  17. Mali 7 Apr 2008 (by 3 May 2010)
  18. Namibia 4 Dec 2007 (by 3 May 2010)
  19. Nicaragua 7 Dec 2007 (by 3 May 2010)
  20. Niger 24 Jun 2008 (by 24 Jul 2010)
  21. Nigeria 24 Sept 2010 (by 24 Oct 2012)
  22. Pakistan 5 Jul 2011 (by 5 Aug 2013)
  23. Romania 31 Jan 2011 (by 2 Mar 2013)
  24. San Marino 22 Feb 2008 (by 3 May 2010)
  25. Saudi Arabia 24 Jun 2008 (by 24 Jul 2010)
  26. Sierra Leone 4 Oct 2010 (by 4 Nov 2012)
  27. Syrian Arab Republic 10 Jul 2009 (by 10 Aug 2011)
  28. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 29 Oct 2010 (by 29 Nov 2012)
  29. Togo 1 Mar 2011 (by 1 Apr 2013)
  30. Turkey 28 Sept 2009 (by 28 Oct 2011)
  31. United Republic of Tanzania 10 Nov 2009 (by 10 Dec 2011)
  32. Vanuatu 23 Oct 2008 (by 23 Nov 2010)
  33. Yemen 26 Mar 2009 (by 26 Apr 2011)
  34. Zambia 1 Feb 2010 (by 3 Mar 2012)

3. The following States parties were due to submit their reports to the UN Committee by 2014:

State Party Ratification date Initial report final
submission date

  1. Benin 5 Jul 2012 (by 5 Aug 2014)
  2. Djibouti 18 Jun 2012 (by 18 Jul 2014)
  3. Dominica 1 Oct 2012 (by 1 Nov 2014)
  4. Estonia 30 May 2012 (by 30 Jun 2012)
  5. Ghana 31 Jul 2012 (31 Aug 2012)
  6. Greece 31 May 2012 (by 1 Jul 2014)
  7. Israel 28 Sept 2012 (by 28 Oct 2014)
  8. Mauritania 3 Apr 2012 (by 3 May 2014)
  9. Mozambique 30 Jan 2012 (by 2 Mar 2014)
  10. Myanmar 7 Dec 2011 (by 7 Jan 2014)
  11. Nauru 27 Jun 2012 (by 27 Jul 2014)
  12. Swaziland 24 Sept 2012 (by 24 Oct 2014)

4. The following States parties are due to submit their reports to the UN Committee by 2015

State Party Ratification date Initial report final
submission date

  1. Cambodia 20 Dec 2012 (by 20 Jan 2015)
  2. Albania 11 Feb 2013 (by 11 Feb 2015)
  3. Barbados 27 Feb 2013 (by 27 Feb 2015)
  4. Kiribati 27 Sep 2013 (by 27 Sep 2015)
  5. Kuwait 22 Aug 2013 (by 22 Aug 2015)
  6. Papua New Guinea 26 Sep 2013 (by 26 Sep 2015)

NB. As part of its capacity building program, Disability Council International provides assistance to States parties with the design of short and long term comprehensive plans and strategies of implementation of the Convention. Our capacity building project also contemplates training and development of national capacities in report drafting to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please kindly contact us

CRPD database

1. Text of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) [PDF]
2. Text of the Optional Protocol to the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD-OP) [PDF]
3. List of States Parties to the CRPD
4. List of States Parties to the CRPD-OP





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. DPOs
2. IDDC
3. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children
4. EASPD
5. ENUSP
6. 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. Mental disability advocacy center
2. USPK, KAIH & MDAC 
3. Kenyan national HR commission
4. 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. Global initiative to end corporal punishment of children

VII. Ukraine
SP report
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (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 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.CIMUNIDIS 1,2,3

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

Contributions from civil society
1. National center for H Rights

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

Contributions from civil society
1. ALGOJIMAS
2. Lithuanian Forum for Disabled

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

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

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

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. DPOs
3. Mental Disability Rights Initiative-Serbia
4. Protector of citizens (Ombudsman) of Serbia

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

Contributions from civil society
1. DPOs
2. Slovak national HR center

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

Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. National HRC Thailand

XV. Uganda 
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


CRPD is seeking comments on its Draft comment on women with disabilities (article 6 CRPD Convention) by 24 July 2015.


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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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

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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