The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (A/RES/61/106) was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. There are currently 177 ratifications to the CRPD and 92 ratifications to its Optional Protocol.

The 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.

Read the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol in the UN languages, and other translations.

The inquiry procedure aims to address grave or systematic violations of any of the rights established in the CRPD. Under article 6 of the Optional Protocol to the CRPD, if the Committee receives reliable information indicating grave or systematic violations by a State party of the rights set forth in the Convention, the Committee will invite the State party to submit relevant observations.

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

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is...

Guatemalan DPO representatives in Geneva

The CRPD presents multiple opportunities for organisations of persons with disabilities to engage in advocacy at all...

Key resources

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

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

The International Disability Alliance upholds the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as the universal standard for the human rights...

CRPD Committee NOV 30 Elections: Final results!

Photo of CoSP 13 opening at UNGA

On Friday 11th December, the 3rd round of elections to the CRPD Committee took place at the UN HQ in New York in the context of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD for them to choose the last member of the CRPD Committee for the period 2021-2024. Ms. Saowalak THONGKUAY (Thailand) was elected. Read more... 

CRPD-related Events

The IDA Secretariat has been compiling the CRPD Committee’s Concluding Observations. The compilation is organised by Article (of the CRPD) and by...

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