The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (A/RES/61/106) was adopted on 13 December...

A Handbook on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities, July 2010

The purpose of this manual is to explain the Convention...

CRPD Committee members and High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is a landmark international treaty. It is a comprehensive human rights Convention and international development tool, and is at the heart of the disability rights movement.

The CRPD was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008, upon the 20th ratification.

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention by the States who have ratified the Convention - 'States Parties'.

All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented.  The Committee examines State reports and adopts questions (List of Issues) to send to the State Party for further information.  Upon the holding of an interactive dialogue between the Committee and the State Party delegation, the Committee adopts recommendations (Concluding Observations) with respect to the State Party for strengthened implementation of the Convention.

The Optional Protocol to the Convention gives the Committee competence to examine individual complaints with regard to  violations of the Convention by States Parties to the Optional Protocol, as well as to undertake inquiries upon the receipt of reliable information of grave and systematic violations of the Convention in a State Party to the Optional Protocol.

The Committee meets in Geneva twice a year.

Photo: CRPD Committee members and High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein