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)
 
 
>Shadow report on Sweden (contribution to the CRPD 11th session, 31 March -11 April 2014)
 
 
(contribution to the CRPD 12th session 15 September -3 October 2014)
 
 
(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)
 
 

 
 
 

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
 
>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 (October 2014)

>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 (April 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, 9-12 September 2012)
 
 
4. CRPD CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS
 
>CRPD adopts Concluding Observations on the initial reports of
>Belgium (September 2014)
>Denmark (September 2014)
>Ecuador (September 2014)
>Mexico (September 2014)
>New Zealand (September 2014)
>South Korea (September 2014)
>Azerbaijan (April 2014)
>Costa Rica (April 2014)
>Sweden (April 2014)
>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 Cook Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Turkmenistan (September 2014) and on  Germany (April 2014), and schedules the constructive dialogue with these States for the upcoming 13th session (25 March-17 April 2015)

>CRPD schedules adoption of List of Issues on Brazil, Gabon, Kenya, Mauritius, Qatar, Ukraine for the upcoming 13th session and subsequent meeting of the pre- session working group (25 March-24 April 2015)
 
 
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) 
 
       

UN advocacy projects


Contents


Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

UN Special Rapporteur on Disability

UN Treaty Bodies

UN Special Procedures

Universal Periodic Review

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

 
     Recent events
     During this session the Conference of States parties elected 9 new members of the CRPD Committee and held two roundtables on "children and disabilities" and on "accessibility and technology". Click here to see the full agenda of the session. 
 
 
 
  
 Briefly on the mandate and work of the CSP

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides under article 40 that States parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the Convention. The meetings may be convened any time upon the decision of the Conference of States parties.

The Conference has been holding its sessions on an annual basis. At the first inaugural session that took place in September 2008, the Conference of States parties elected the first twelve members of the Committee and
its bureau. At the second session held in September 2009, the Conference held an interactive discussion on best practices in the implementation of the Convention, including with regard to article 12.

At the third session held in September 2010, the States parties elected 12 new members of the Committee and held an interactive discussion on important aspects of the implementation of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.

The practice of the sessions of the Conference of States parties shows that the States parties are using the sessions as a forum for exchange of views among them and civil society organizations on best practices for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.




Disability Council International engages with the Conference of States parties by providing an overview of best practices of States parties, looking for it that Committee members elected meet the requirements of membership to the Committee, and participating actively in the organization of interactive discussions at side-events.
 
 
 
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UN Special Rapporteur on Disability


The UN Special Rapporteur on Disability is a procedure established under the UN Standard Rules for the Equalization of Opportunities of Persons with Disabilities adopted in 1993 with the exclusive objective of monitoring the implementation of these Rules alone. The Special Rapporteur on Disability is not a procedure of the UN Human Rights Council. The Rapporteur submits yearly reports to the UN Commission for Social Development - a subsidiary organ of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations on the implementation of the Rules alone.
 

Methods of work

The methods of work of this procedure are accordingly slightly different from the methods of the UN Special procedures of the Human Rights Council. The Special Rapporteur on Disability does not work through urgent appeals, for example, or investigation visits to the Un Member States concerned. The Special Rapporteur usually seeks views and comments of the UN Member States, NGOs and experts with regard to the information that he/she intends to include in the annual reports. Based on this information, the Special Rapporteur provides an overview of how the Rules are being implemented by the UN Member States.
 
 

Legal nature of the Rules
 
The Rules themselves belong to the so-called “soft law” norms of international law, as they do not impose binding obligations upon UN Member States. They are more a system of ideas, strategies and guidelines of a programmatic character for measures that can be taken by UN Member States to change societies and make them more inclusive for persons with disabilities. They represent though a very strong moral and political commitment for change.
The Rules were adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1993 as one of the main outcomes of the Decade of Disabled Persons, together with the program of action.
The Standard Rules contain 22 rules divided in four areas: (Pre-conditions); (Target areas), (Implementation measures) and (Monitoring). The Special Rapporteur is one of the procedures available for monitoring the implementation of the Rules.



Relevancy of the Rules in light of the adoption of a binding international treaty on disability issues

The adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities became the next step in the development of the norms for protection of the human rights of persons with disabilities. However, both texts complement each other and are not mutually excluding, in the sense that the implementation of the guidelines contained in the Rules assist States in the implementation of their binding obligations under the Convention. The Convention itself is a direct result of the recommendations to strengthen the legal framework for the implementation of the Rules. In addition, while the Rules apply to all UN Members States, the Convention terms apply only to those who have ratified it.
 
 

The Special Rapporteurs

Mr. Shuaib Chalklen of South Africa the present Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development was appointed in 2009. He replaced in this position Ms. Sheikha Hissa Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Thani from Qatar, who was appointed in 2003 and served until June 2009. Mr. Bengt Lindqvist from Sweden was the first Special Rapporteur. He was appointed in 1994 and his mandate lasted until 2002. DisabCouncil works with the Special Rapporteur with the aim of assisting in the implementation of the Rules, and through this to raise awareness about the Convention and the need for its universal ratification and implementation.
 

 
For more information on the work of the Special Rapporteurs on Disability, follow the links below:

The Standard Rules on Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (1993)
 
Global Survey on the Implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (Special Rapporteurs' reports, 2006 and 2011)

Mainstreaming Disability in the Development Agenda
(Note by the Secretariat to the Forty-sixth session of the Commission for Social Development to the, 6-15 February 2008 (E/CN.5/2008/6))

Website of the UN Commission of Social Development

UN Treaty Bodies

 
 
The Human Rights Treaty Bodies mechanism is a vast system of Committees of experts (presently comprising 10 treaty bodies), to monitor the implementation of the relevant human rights treaties.

While the main focus of the work of the Disability Council International remains providing substantive assistance to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, it also assists other Committees, when the assistance proves relevant for the work of implementing and monitoring the implementing of the provisions of the Convention.

In particular it participates in discussions with regard to new general comments that affect the situation of persons with disabilities. In this context, assistance is given to the following Committees: 
the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,  (to read the General Comment prepared by this Committee on the issue of persons with disabilities click here)
For more information on the UN treaty body mechanism please follow the link below:

Human Rights Treaty Bodies
 
 
 
You will find more on DisabCouncil's program of work with treaty bodies  in its Regional Projects.
 
  
 
 
 
 

UN Special Procedures


The UN Special procedures are yet another UN Charter-based mechanism for monitoring the human rights situation in a given country or thematic issues that may concern all countries of the world. Special procedures are either individual experts (called "Special Rapporteur", "Special Representative of the Secretary-General" or "Independent Expert") acting in their personal capacity, or a working group of independent experts (usually 5 members representing each one region) appointed by the Human Rights Council with a mandate to work on the relevant issues.

At present there are 35 thematic and 10 country mandates. The Special procedures usually work on the basis of specific information received alleging violations of human rights in a certain country or theme under their relevant mandate.

They react to the information by sending an urgent appeal or a letter of allegations to the relevant government asking for clarification. They also carry country visits to investigate the situation of human rights in a specific country. Their activity is often limited since they need an invitation from
the country in question before they are able to visit it. At the end of their visit they issue a mission report containing findings and recommendations.

There is no special procedure on the rights of persons with disabilities presently, however, the mechanism, if/when created, has a potential for being used by human rights defenders working in the field of protection of the rights of persons with disabilities specially when urgent action is required to save the life of a person or in cases of mass violations of the rights of persons with disabilities in States which are not a party to Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.


 
DisabCouncil works with the Special procedures by alerting them of situations requiring urgent action.

DisabCouncil  also works with the Human Rights Council towards the goal of having a Special procedure on the rights of persons with disabilities.



For more information, please follow the links below:

1. Website of the UN Special Procedures

2. Special Rapporteur on the right to education

3. Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
 
 
 
You will find more on DisabCouncil's program of work with the UN special procedures in its Regional Projects.

 
 
 
 
 

Universal Periodic Review


The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a new Charter-based universal mechanism to monitor UN Member States’ compliance with their fundamental human rights obligations stemming from their adherence to the UN Charter. It was created through the UN General Assembly resolution 60/251 of 16 March 2006, as one of the main working mechanisms of the new Human Rights Council.

Contrary to the UN treaty based mechanism (which depends on whether a State is a party to a specific human rights treaty), the UPR virtually applies to all States of the world, and with regard to all fundamental human rights.

One of the fundamental features of this new system is that it is a State-driven process, which provides an opportunity for every State to share with all other States its successes and failures in the work to respect, protect and promote human rights. The process is reciprocal, as it gives an opportunity to states to participate in the review, appreciation and validation of the human rights records of each other.

The review is conducted once every four years for each UN Member State.
The UPR review process is based on information provided from three different sources: a) the report of the State party itself, b) the OHCHR compilation of information on the State party concerned, and c) a OHCHR summary of information submitted by NGOs and other civil society organizations.

The review itself is conducted by the 47 Members of the Human Rights Council acting as a working group on UPR. This working group meets three times a year for two weeks. At each of these meetings, they review  14 to 16 States. For each of the States in review the HRC designates a “troika” of its Member States (three states) that will lead the review process. Both Members States of the Council and non- Members as observers can participate in the interactive dialogue with the State in review.

The Working group on UPR adopts then an outcome report for each State considered which includes recommendations by any State that attended the meetings. The State in review is given a right to decide which recommendations it accepts or not. The outcome report is presented to the following regular session of the HRC for final adoption, at which time interventions are again allowed to HRC Member States, non- Member States, NGOs and other civil society organizations.

In October 2011, the UPR concluded the first review cycle with 12 sessions, having reviewed the human rights performance of all 193 UN Member States.


 
Disability Council International will engage with the UPR process by providing substantive disability related information concerning the relevant States in review.

For more information about the UPR, please follow the links below:

 
 
 
You will find more on DisabCouncil's program of work with the UPR mechanism in its Regional Projects.

 
 
 
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OHCHR and other UN offices and agencies

The United Nations System comprises a number of Agencies whose work is directly or indirectly relevant to the issue of promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.

Apart from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights which acts as the secretariat to the various human rights monitoring mechanisms, a number of other UN Offices can play an important role in supporting efforts by States parties to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Among them are: UNICEF, ITU, WHO, ILO, UNESCO, World Bank, HCR, WIPO and WTO.

Disability Council International is a partner of all relevant UN Agencies and mechanisms working in their respective mandated areas to support States efforts to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.



1. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights



The Office of the High Commissioner for Human  Rights is the leading organization among the agencies and organs of the UN system working for the promotion of the human rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Office performs the role of the Secretariat of  Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities servicing its sessions and work. The office  also supports the annual interactive debates of the Human Rights Council  with thematic studies on a number of topical issues relevant for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and engages in a number of other awareness raising work.

The thematic studies of the Office are prepared in consultation with  governments and civil society organizations.
So far the Office has prepared the following thematic studies :

1) OHCHR Study  on key legal measures for the ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN Doc. A/HRC/10/48, 26 January 2009)
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


2) OHCHR Study on the structure and role of national mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN Doc. A/HRC/13/29,  22 December 2009)
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                


3) OHCHR Study  on international cooperation to suport national efforts for the realization of the purposes and objectives of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN Doc. A/HRC/16/38, 20 December 2010)
 
               
 


4) OHCHR Study on participation in political and public life by persons with  disabilities (UN Doc. A/HRC/19/36, 21 December 2011)
 
                                                                                                                                                                       
 

(The contributions  of relevant stakeholders to this thematic study can be found by clicking this link)
 


5) OHCHR Study on the issue of  violence against women and girls and disability (UN Doc. A/HCR/20/5, 30 March 2012)
 
                                                                                                                                                             
 
 

 
Future Thematic Studies ("work and employment of persons with disabilities" (HRC, 22nd session, 25 Feb-22 Mar 2013)

 The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has launched a consultation process to gather relevant information from all relevant stakeholders (including NGOs) to serve as a basis for preparing the 2013 thematic study on the topic of "work and employment of persons with disabilities". The study will be reviewed at the 6th annual interactive debate of the Human Rights Council, during its 22nd session to be held in Geneva from 25 February to 22 March 2013. 
 
DisabCouncil has prepared a contribution  to this thematic study on the subject of the "Right of Persons with Disabilities to serve in the Armed Forces". 

Download the  text
 
 
 All the contributions to this consultation process may be accessed by clicking here.



2. UN Secretariat  for the Rules of Equalization  of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and the CRPD


Within the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations in New York (Division of Social Policy and Development) a Secretariat has been set up to support the work of the Special  Rapporteur on Disability  and the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
 
This DESA Secretariat  also acts as the main focal point  on work to advance the Rights of Persons with Disabilities through the realization of the commitments in the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons adopted in 1982. 
 
 
More information about the DESA Secretariat may be found by clicking this link.

 
 
 


 


Upcoming events

13th session of the CRPD Committee (25 March - 17 April 2015)
 
 
Adoption of Concluding Observations
 
I.Cook Islands
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
II.Croatia
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
2. Disability Ombudsman
 
 
III.Czech Republic
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
IV.Dominican Republic
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report  
2. OPDs 1, 2, 3
 
 
V. Germany
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report  
4. BRK-Allianz 12
 
 
VI. Mongolia
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
VII.Turkmenistan
List of Issues & Replies
Concluding observations (tba)*
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
  _____________
*(To be adopted at the session) 
 
 
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Meeting of the CRPD Pre-session Working Group
         (20-24 April 2015)
 
 
    Adoption of Lists of Issues
 
VIII.Brazil
List of Issues(tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
IX.Gabon
List of Issues(tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report

  
X.Kenya
List of Issues (tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
XI.Mauritius
List of Issues(tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report

 
XII.Qatar
List of Issues(tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
XIII.Ukraine
List of Issues (tba)**
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
  ______________
**(To be adopted at the pre-session) 
 
  
  More information can be found on CRPD website by clicking here.
 
 
 
 
 

Recent events and developments


12th session of the CRPD Committee (15 September - 3 October 2014)
 
 
Adoption of Concluding Observations
 
I.Belgium
 
Contributions from civil society
1. GRIP  12, 3
2. Belgian disability forum 1, 2
4. Equal Opportunities 1, 2
 
 
II. Denmark
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DPOs 1, 2, 3
2.Danish human rights institute 1, 2
 
 
III.Ecuador
 
 
VI.Republic of Korea
*(To be adopted at the session) 
 
 
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Meeting of the CRPD Pre-session Working Group
         (7-10  October 2014)
 
 
    Adoption of Lists of Issues
 
VII.Cook Islands
 
Contributions from civil society
1. Disabcouncil analytic report
 
 
VIII.Croatia
 
Contributions from civil society
 
 
IX.Czech Republic
 
Contributions from civil society
 
 
X.Dominican Republic
 
Contributions from civil society
1. OPDs 1, 2, 3
 
 
XI. Mongolia
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
 
XII.Turkmenistan
 
Contributions from civil society
1. DisabCouncil analytic report
 
  ______________
**(To be adopted at the pre-session) 
 
  
  More information can be found on CRPD website by clicking here.
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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