- September 27, 2022

Today, IDA has participated at the Half Day of General Discussion hosted by the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families as a step in the development of its general comment no. 6 on the Convergence between the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The main purpose of this general comment will be to fill the human rights and legal gaps through a concomitant interpretation of the Convention and the Global Compact, developing guidance and promoting Convention’s standards not only to States Parties to the Convention, but also to those that have only adopted the Global Compact.

On behalf of IDA, Juan Ignacio Pérez Bello, Human Rights Advisor on Treaty Bodies, 

Picture of Juan Ignacioencouraged the Committee to include explicitly in its work a robust disability rights perspective based on the CRPD standards, which is very much needed to ensure the rights of migrants with disabilities and family members with disabilities. To do this, special attention must be given to the CRPD Committee’s jurisprudence on Article 18 of the CRPD (Liberty of movement and nationality).

IDA’s Human Rights Advisor highlighted that “[m]igrant workers -and members of their families- with disabilities face specific legal and practical barriers, including disability-based, multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination” and requested the Committee to explicitly:

  • tackle and criticise legal and policy provisions that discriminate against persons with disabilities, notably those establishing health-related requirements for immigration.
  • call on States to collect data disaggregated by disability.
  • ensure accessibility of migration-related procedures, both administrative and judicial, and the provision of procedural accommodation when requested.
  • ensure accessibility and inclusiveness of policies directed to migrants.
  • repeal legal or regulatory provisions, based on disability, migrant status, period of residence, etc., restricting the access of persons with disabilities to mainstream and disability-specific social services, support measures and social protection schemes.

Read IDA's submission for this Half Day of General Discussion.

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