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 Urges to Remove All Physical, Cultural Barriers to Persons with Disabilities in Message for International Observance (1 December 2017)

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)

       

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 January 2017, there are 172 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 January 2017:

  1. Albania
  2. Algeria
  3. Armenia
  4. Australia (reviewed, September 2013)
  5. Austria (reviewed, September 2013)
  6. Argentina (reviewed, September 2012)
  7. Azerbaijan (reviewed, March- April 2014)
  8. Belgium (review, September 2014)
  9. Bolivia
  10. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  11. Brazil (scheduled for adoption of list of issues -April 2015)
  12. Bulgaria
  13. Canada
  14. China (reviewed, September 2012)
  15. Chile
  16. Colombia
  17. Cook Islands (reviewed, March -April 2015)
  18. Costa Rica (reviewed, March-April 2014)
  19. Croatia (reviewed, March -April 2015)
  20. Cuba
  21. Cyprus
  22. Czech Republic (reviewed, March -April 2015)
  23. Denmark (reviewed, September 2014)
  24. Djibouti
  25. Dominican Republic (reviewed, March-April 2015)
  26. Ecuador (reviewed, September 2014)
  27. EL Salvador (reviewed, September 2013)
  28. Estonia
  29. Ethiopia
  30. France
  31. Gabon (scheduled for adoption of list of issues -April 2015)
  32. Georgia
  33. Germany (reviewed, March-April 2015)
  34. Greece
  35. Guatemala
  36. Haiti
  37. Honduras
  38. Hungary (reviewed, September 2012)
  39. India
  40. Indonesia
  41. Iran
  42. Iraq
  43. Italy
  44. Japan
  45. Jordan
  46. Kenya (scheduled for adoption of list of issues -April 2015)
  47. Kuwait
  48. Laos
  49. Latvia
  50. Lithuania
  51. Luxembourg
  52. Malta
  53. Mauritius (scheduled for adoption of list of issues -April 2015)
  54. Mexico (reviewed, September 2014)
  55. Mongolia (reviewed, March-April 2015)
  56. Montenegro
  57. Morocco
  58. Myanmar
  59. Nepal
  60. New Zealand (reviewed, September 2014)
  61. Norway
  62. Oman
  63. Panama
  64. Paraguay (reviewed, April 2013)
  65. Peru (reviewed, April 2012)
  66. Philippines
  67. Poland
  68. Portugal
  69. Qatar (scheduled for adoption of list of issues -April 2015)
  70. Republic of Moldova
  71. Republic of Korea (reviewed, September 2014)
  72. Russian Federation
  73. Rwanda
  74. Saudi Arabia
  75. Senegal
  76. Serbia
  77. Seychelles
  78. Singapore
  79. Slovakia
  80. Slovenia
  81. Spain (reviewed, September 2011)
  82. South Africa
  83. Sudan
  84. Switzerland
  85. Sweden (reviewed, March-April 2014)
  86. Thailand
  87. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  88. Tunisia (reviewed, April 2011)
  89. Turkmenistan (reviewed, March -April 2015)
  90. Turkey
  91. Uganda
  92. Ukraine (scheduled for adoption of list of issues -April 2015)
  93. United Arab Emirates
  94. UK
  95. Uruguay
  96. Vanuatu
  97. Venezuela
  98. 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 January 2017:

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. Guinea 8 Fev 2008 (by 3 May 2010)
  8. Jamaica 30 Mar 2007 (by 3 May 2010)
  9. Lesotho 2 Dec 2008 (by 2 Jan 2011)
  10. Malaysia 19 Jul 2010 (by 19 Aug 2012)
  11. Malawi 27 Aug 2009 (by 27 Sept 2011)
  12. Maldives 5 Apr 2010 (by 5 May 2012)
  13. Mali 7 Apr 2008 (by 3 May 2010)
  14. Namibia 4 Dec 2007 (by 3 May 2010)
  15. Nicaragua 7 Dec 2007 (by 3 May 2010)
  16. Niger 24 Jun 2008 (by 24 Jul 2010)
  17. Nigeria 24 Sept 2010 (by 24 Oct 2012)
  18. Pakistan 5 Jul 2011 (by 5 Aug 2013)
  19. Romania 31 Jan 2011 (by 2 Mar 2013)
  20. San Marino 22 Feb 2008 (by 3 May 2010)
  21. Sierra Leone 4 Oct 2010 (by 4 Nov 2012)
  22. Syrian Arab Republic 10 Jul 2009 (by 10 Aug 2011)
  23. St. Vincent and the Grenadines 29 Oct 2010 (by 29 Nov 2012)
  24. Togo 1 Mar 2011 (by 1 Apr 2013)
  25. United Republic of Tanzania 10 Nov 2009 (by 10 Dec 2011)
  26. Yemen 26 Mar 2009 (by 26 Apr 2011)
  27. 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. Dominica 1 Oct 2012 (by 1 Nov 2014)
  3. Ghana 31 Jul 2012 (31 Aug 2012)
  4. Israel 28 Sept 2012 (by 28 Oct 2014)
  5. Mauritania 3 Apr 2012 (by 3 May 2014)
  6. Mozambique 30 Jan 2012 (by 2 Mar 2014)
  7. Nauru 27 Jun 2012 (by 27 Jul 2014)
  8. 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. Barbados 27 Feb 2013 (by 27 Feb 2015)
  3. Kiribati 27 Sep 2013 (by 27 Sep 2015)
  4. 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

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

_____________

**(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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