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 adopts questions (List of Issues) to send to the State Party for further information, and recommendations (Concluding Observations) with respect to the State Party to ensure improved implementation of the Convention.
IDA has compiled the Committee’s Concluding Observations and List of Issues adopted to date (November 2013)
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)
- Call for Comments on Draft General Comments on Article 9 (accessibility) and Article 12 (Equal recognition before the law). Deadline 21 February 2014
- CRPD Committee’s observations on the revision of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners
- The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has made public a statement on the inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the post-2015 agenda on disability and development.