By IDA

 - March 30, 2014

INTERNATIONAL DISABILITY ALLIANCE (IDA)
Member Organizations:
Arab Organization of Persons with Disabilities, Disabled People’s International,
Down Syndrome International, European Disability Forum,
Inclusion International, International Federation of Hard of Hearing People,
Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families,
Pacific Disability Forum, World Blind Union, World Federation of the Deaf,
World Federation of the DeafBlind,
World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry

INFORMATION NOTE

11th Session of the CRPD Committee

Geneva, 31 March 2014 – Today the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities opens its 11th session (31 March - 11 April 2014) in which it will review Sweden, Azerbaijan and Costa Rica, adopt the list of issues on Mexico and hold public readings of its draft General Comments on Article 12 (equal recognition before the law) and Article 9 (accessibility).

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by the States Parties. All States Parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights of persons with disabilities are being implemented. The Committee examines each report, holds an interactive dialogue with the State delegation in a public session and makes recommendations on the steps which should be taken to improve CRPD implementation.

Following the 11th session, the CRPD Committee will hold its first pre-sessional week from 14-18 April 2014 during which it will adopt the list of issues on Germany, Korea, Belgium, Denmark, New Zealand and Ecuador.

Programme of Work

The following public sessions will be held at the Committee’s 11th session and will be webcast live (all times indicated are Geneva local time- CET):

Monday 31 March

  • 10am- Opening (English & Spanish audio / International Sign)
  • 3pm- Review of Sweden (English & French audio / International Sign)

Tuesday 1 April

  • 10am- Review of Sweden continued
  • 3pm- Review of Azerbaijan (Russian & English audio / International Sign)

Wednesday 2 April

  • 10am- Review of Azerbaijan continued
  • 3pm- Review of Costa Rica (Spanish & English audio / International Sign & Costa Rican national sign language)

Thursday 3 April

  • 10am- Review of Costa Rica continued

Tuesday 8 April

  • 10am- First reading of draft General Comment on Article 12 (English & Spanish audio / International Sign)
  • 3pm- First reading of draft General Comment on Article 12 continued

Wednesday 9 April

  • 10am- First reading of draft General Comment on Article 9 (English & Spanish audio / International Sign)
  • 3pm- First reading of draft General Comment on Article 9 continued

For more information on the 11th session, please visit the Committee’s session website.

Side events

During this session, the following private country-specific briefings* will take place before the Committee:

  • Sweden, Monday 31 March, 1.45-2.45pm
  • Azerbaijan, Tuesday 1 April,1.45-2.45pm
  • Costa Rica, Wednesday 2 April, 1.45-2.45pm
  • Mexico, Monday 7 April, 1.45-2.45pm

* These events are only open to UN agencies, NHRIs, DPOs and civil society and will not be webcast.

In addition, the following public side events will take place and will be webcast live by IDA:

  • Side event on World Autism Awareness Day organised by Autistic Minority International, Thursday 3 April, 1.45-2.45pm
  • Side event on legal capacity organised by the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP), Tuesday 8 April, 9-10am
  • Side event on advancing the rights of indigenous persons with disabilities co-organised by IDA, Disability Rights Advocacy Fund and the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Wednesday 9 April, 9-10am

State reports and civil society reports

All relevant reports for this session - national reports presented by States under review, Committee’s adopted list of Issues and States’ written replies to the list of issues, as well as submissions and reports submitted by DPOs and NGOs- are available on the Committee’s 11th session website.

Latest submissions by DPOs and NGOs related to country reviews:

Draft General Comments on Article 12 and Article 9

During this session, the CRPD Committee will also hold public readings of its draft General Comments on Article 12 (equal recognition before the law) (Tuesday 8 April 2014) and Article 9 (accessibility) (Wednesday 9 April 2014).

Related documents and information:

Draft guidelines on participation

The Committee has posted its "Draft guidelines on the participation of Disabled Persons Organizations, Civil Society Organizations, National Human Rights Institutions and other stakeholders in the work of the Committee".

In an effort to "assist partners in ensuring timely and appropriate contributions", the draft guidelines set out the ways that NHRIs, other monitoring mechanisms, DPOs, civil society organisations and others can participate in the Committee's work. The draft guidelines highlight that the Committee values in particular contributions to its work by organisations representing persons with disabilities, including women and children with disabilities. The Committee launched a call for comments on this draft and those received contributions, including IDA’s submission, have been posted on the Committee’s website.

Live webcasting

Public sessions of the CRPD Committee (including country reviews of Sweden, Azerbaijan and Costa Rica and the readings of its draft General Comments on Articles 12 and 9) will be webcast live at www.treatybodywebcast.org

International Sign interpretation of the public discussions will also be webcast live, and two channels will be running with English audio and one additional language audio respectively.

All webcasts will be archived for subsequent viewing at http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/category/webcast-archives/crpd/

 

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