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COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Day of General Discussion (DGD) on the right of persons with disabilities to equality and non-discrimination, on 25 August 2017 (Conference Room XVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva)

1. Accreditation for the Day of General Discussion (25 August 2017)

The accreditation period begins on 1 August 2017 and ends on 10 August 2017. There is a new accreditation system and participants will be required to get accreditation online. The information related to the accreditation system will be posted on the Committee’s webpage later on in due course.

NB: Note that if you are already accredited for the CRPD 18th Session, you do not need to send another request but can use the same badge for the Day of General Discussion at the Palais des Nations (on 25 August).

2. Participation

Relating to the Outline of the Draft General Comment, please find here the Written submissions sent by different stakeholders.

Oral interventions: Time will be allocated for oral interventions from the floor. A speakers' list will open from 9:00  to 9:45 am with the Committee Secretariat for participants wishing to take the floor. Although the Committee will try to accommodate all requests to make an oral intervention, it cannot guarantee that all speakers will be able to do so, given the time constraints and the expected number of such requests. The Committee also reserves the right to organize the list of speakers.

3. Draft programme for the Day of General Discussion

Draft programme of work

Background

  • During its 17th session (20 March- 12 April) the Committee decided to start the drafting process of its General Comment No. 6 on the right of persons with disabilities to equality and non-discrimination. The drafting process will be preceded by a Day of General Discussion on 25 August 2017 during its 18th session in Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee also decided to make a call for submissions to all interested stakeholders.
  • Although equality and non-discrimination are principles of international law, disability-based discrimination continues to exist. The UNCRPD advances equality of persons with disabilities and requires the transformation of existing social structures, systems and perceptions that perpetuate the discrimination of persons with disabilities. Article 5 of the UNCRPD, the right to equality and non-discrimination, addresses this issue by calling for the elimination of discriminatory laws, policies and as well as the development of proactive policies for achieving equality for persons with disabilities. It also brings about several innovations that take the notions of equality and non-discrimination forward in the field of international human rights law.
  • Dialogues of the Committee with States parties have shown that there is a need for clarification regarding the limits, processes and duties relating to the provision of reasonable accommodation. Moreover, disability-based discrimination often remains unidentified, is attributed as beneficial treatment, or as being undertaken in the best interest of persons with disabilities and therefore not in line with the human rights model of disability. The Committee also finds it necessary to highlight that research on intersectional discrimination often overlooks the category of disability and that there is a need for advancing disability equality indicators.
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