The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 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 (CRPD) is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention by the States Parties.
All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially within two years of accepting the Convention and thereafter every four years. The Committee examines each report and shall make such suggestions and general recommendations on the report as it may consider appropriate and shall forward these to the State Party concerned.
The Optional Protocol to the Convention gives the Committee competence to examine individual complaints with regard to alleged violations of the Convention by States Parties to the Optional Protocol.
The Committee meets in Geneva twice a year.
IDA Factsheet on the Optional Protocol to the CRPD (Document produced by IDA on how to lodge a communication to the Committee under the Optional Protocol)
- IDA submission to CRPD Committee's call for papers on Article 9 of the CRPD (Accessibility). IDA submission
- The CRPD Committee’s working methods are now available on its website.
- On 9 August 2011, the CRPD Committee made public two documents: the Fact sheet on the procedure for submitting communications to the CRPD Committee under the Optional Protocol to the Convention, and the Guidelines for submission of communications to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities under the Optional Protocol to the Convention. The documents are available on the website of the Committee under the heading “Petitions”.