IDA Disability Rights Bulletin (June 2010)

July 2, 2010

International Disability Alliance (IDA) Disability Rights Bulletin (June 2010)

 

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Guidance Document for national DPOs on parallel reporting

The Guidance Document, prepared by IDA, on parallel reporting is now available in English, Spanish and French. Please click here to see the document.

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

The MDGs are specifically designed to address the needs of the world’s marginalized and poorest populations. Disability is associated with twenty per cent of global poverty, according to the World Bank’s findings. Currently, there are no references to persons with disabilities in the MDGs or in the new revisions of the MDGs currently in process. To ensure the end to the invisibility and exclusion of persons with disabilities in the MDG proccess, IDA is working to include references to persons with disabilities in the outcome document of the MDG summit, which will take place in New York, September 20 and 22, 2010. For more information on IDA´s work related to the MDGs, please click here.

Conference of States Parties of the CRPD

The Third Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be held in New York on September 1-3. It will include elections for the CRPD Committee and roundtables on education and living in the community. For more information on this event or to pre-register as an accredited NGO, please click here

 

CRPD ratifications reach 87

The ratification of the CRPD and its Optional Protocol by Slovakia, on 26 May 2010, has increased to 87 the number of States Parties to the CRPD, while the Optional Protocol has 54 ratifications. The signature by Fiji on 2 June 2010 has increased to 145 the number of signatures to the CRPD, while the Optional Protocol has 89 signatures.

 

Treaty Bodies

 

The 44th session of the CESCR Committee took place in Geneva from May 3-21, 2010. During this session, the Committee considered reports from Algeria, Colombia, Mauritius, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan. Please click here for the disability-analysis of the Concluding Observations adopted by the Committee.

IDA prepared a number of documents (uploaded on the CESCR Committee website) with suggested recommendations for the Concluding Observations, which were adopted by the Committee in this session. Some of these recommendations have influenced the Concluding Observations of the reviewed states such as Mauritius to which The Committee recommended strengthen efforts to eliminate situations that may be discriminatory against children with disabilities and take steps to ensure that all children with disabilities can study in mainstream schools.

The CRC Committee, in its 54th session, considered from 25 May-11 June  2010 reports from Argentina, Belgium, Grenada, Japan, Nigeria, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Tunisia. OPSC: Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Japan and Serbia. OPAC: Argentina, Colombia, Japan, Serbia, and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. To have access to the disability-analysis of the Concluding Observations adopted by the CRC Committee during this 54th session, please click here.

The Eleventh Inter-Committee Meeting (ICM) took place in Geneva from 28-30 June 2010. The CRPD Chairperson, Professor McCallum, was elected vice-chair of the ICM. The chairpersons and an additional member from each committee attended the ICM. The topic discussed was the new optional reporting procedure being used by CAT and the Human Rights Committee, namely the 'list of issues prior to reporting'.

 

Human Rights Council

The 14th session of the Human Rights Council took place from 31 May to 18 June, 2010, in Geneva.

Resolutions

16 resolutions were adopted at the 14th Session of the Human Rights Council. The resolution on violence against women: ensuring due diligence in prevention, in which IDA was part of the informal meetings, has references to women and girls with disabilities in preambular paragraph 9 and operational paragraphs 4 and 13. The resolution on Trafficking in persons, especially women and children: regional and subregional cooperation in promoting a human rights-based approach to combating trafficking in persons and the resolution on the mandate of the special procedure on internally displaced persons also contained references to persons with disabilities. For an analysis of the references to persons with disabilities in the resolutions, please click here.

Oral statements

IDA made two oral statements during this session of the Human Rights Council: on violence against women (English or Spanish) and on Haiti (English).

References to persons with disabilities

IDA has monitored the references to persons with disabilities at meetings of the Human Rights Council. Please click here for these references. You can find more information on the 14th session on the IDA website.

Special Procedures

The 17th Annual Meeting of HRC special procedures took place in Geneva from 28 June – 2 July 2010. Other mandate holders were invited from other parts of the UN system. The Special Rapporteur on Disability was unable to attend. A meeting with NGOs was held Tuesday, 29 June 2010. The IDA Secretariat made a statement acknowledging those mandate holders who had paid attention to the rights of persons with disabilities, and requested that they all, and especially the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, pay increased attention to this, please click here for this statement. The independent expert on the right to culture expressed interest in consulting with IDA on how people with disabilities have access to culture, and how they are able to express their culture.

Upcoming Meetings

The 99th session of the Human Rights Committee (July 12-30) will consider reports from Cameroon, Colombia, Estonia and Israel. Click here for the references to persons with disabilities in State reports, List of issues and  Written replies of these Countries.

IDA has prepared a document with suggested recommendations for the Concluding Observations. Please click here for this document (uploaded on the Human Rights Committee website).

During this session, the Human Rights Committee Task Forces will consider the following states reports, which will be revised in next sessions: Ethiopia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Slovakia and Togo. For the disability analysis of the reports submitted by these States, please click here.

IDA prepared a document with suggested questions for the list of issues. Click here to have access to this document (uploaded on the Human Rights Committee website).

The 46th session of the CEDAW Committee will take place in New York from July 12-30, 2010. During this session, the Committee will consider reports from Albania; Argentina; Australia; Fiji; Papua New Guinea; Russian Federation;Turkey and India (exceptional report).  Please click here for the disability-analysis of the relevant reports.

On the basis of the references to persons with disabilities found in State reports, list of issues and written replies, IDA has prepared a document with suggested recommendations for the Concluding Observations that will be adopted by the Committee during this session. Please click here for this document.

About the IDA Disability Rights Bulletin

This bulletin is intended for experts advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, in particular within the Geneva-based human rights framework.  It is prepared by the IDA Secretariat, which also provides support to the Group of States Friends of the CRPD.

For more information about IDA, its CRPD Forum and its member organisations, please visit: www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org.

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