104th Session (March 2012)
The Human Rights Committee met from 12 to 30 March 2012 for its 104th session.
On 21 March 2012 (first UN recognised celebration of World Down Syndrome Day), in follow up to the OHCHR study on Article 29 and in particular the recommendation directed to the Human Rights Committee to revise their General Comment no 25 on the right to political participation, IDA, with the support of Open Society Foundations, organised a side event at the Human Rights Committee session to discuss directly with members their role with respect to the political participation of persons with disabilities. The panel of speakers included: Diane Richler (IDA Chair), Gabor Gombos (independent expert and CRPD Committee member), Shantha Rau Barriga (Human Rights Watch), Maria Alejandra Villanueva (Peruvian self advocate), Oliver Lewis (Mental Disability Advocacy Centre). There was also a video message to the Committee members sent in by Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. Further information on this side event.
Task Forces (for adoption of List of Issues)
The Human Rights Committee also adopted the list of issues for the Philippines, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Paraguay, Portugal and Turkey.