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COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Committee on the Rights of Persons with disabilities 11th session
31 March – 11 April 2014, Palais Wilson, Ground Floor Conference Room

Note on Civil Society Participation
 
What is a UN human rights treaty body? - http://goo.gl/5qmti
 
There are several ways in which civil society actors can engage with the Committee and its work, in particular 1) in the course of States reporting cycle, 2) under individual communication procedure, 3) under the investigations mechanism.  NGOs and other stakeholders do not need any ECOSOC consultative status to use these opportunities.

I. Consideration of Country Reports
 
At its forthcoming 11th session and 12th Pre-Sessional Working Group meetings in April 2014, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will examine, in public meeting, the reports of the following countries on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

- Sweden
- Azerbaijan
- Costa Rica

During this period, the Committee will in private sessions, adopt lists of issues on the following countries:

Germany; New Zealand; Mexico; Republic of Korea; Belgium; Denmark; Ecuador. 
 
For more detailed information on the work of United Nations human rights treaty bodies read the chapter in the Handbook for Civil Society - http://goo.gl/fc3bI
 
II. Documentation
 
The reports of countries, the provisional agenda and other documents for the session are available at:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/Session11.aspx
 
III. Reports by Civil Society Organizations
 
To ensure it is as best informed as possible, the Committee welcomes civil society organizations (e.g. local, national, international) to provide country-specific information on issues relevant to the implementation of the Convention in the months prior to the adoption of the LOIs or the examination of the State party’s report.  All submissions should:

  • Identify the full name of the organization.
  • Indicate the country to which the information relates.
  • Indicate whether or not the submission can be posted on the Committee website.  All submissions will be posted on the Committee’s Website unless identified as “Confidential”
  • Be submitted in one of the languages of the Secretariat - in English, French or Spanish.
  • Submissions of documents in Braille are encouraged.

Suggestions:

  • Written information should be concise, specific, reliable and objective as possible.
  • Highlight priority concerns and suggest possible country-specific recommendations to facilitate the work of the Committee.
  • "Alternative reports," which follow the same form of presentation as reports submitted by countries, are especially welcome.
  • Reports prepared by coalitions of organizations are encouraged.

Deadlines:

  • Sweden, Azerbaijan, Costa Rica –  28 February 2014  (Electronic version)
  • New Zealand; Mexico;  Republic of Korea;  Belgium;  Denmark;  Ecuador;  Germany - 28 February 2014 (Electronic version)

Strict respect for those deadlines only will ensure the Committee’s attention to the submitted documents.

Due to the large volume of information received, the Secretariat does not photocopy submissions.
 
For accessibility purposes the information/report shall be electronically submitted to the CRPD secretariat in both PDF and Word 97/2003 formats: crpd@ohchr.org

IV. Attending the Session
 
Civil society representatives wishing to attend the session of the Committee are required to be duly accredited, and are welcome to attend public (open) meetings of the Committee as observers (i.e. they will not be given the opportunity to address the Committee) during its meetings with country delegations.
 
Meetings and Lunchtime Briefings
 
During the forthcoming 11th session Civil society representatives will have the possibility of addressing the Committee in formal (with interpretation) country-specific meetings. These meetings are set out in the programme of work and normally take place during the 1st day of the Session.
 
Civil society representatives may also organize informal (without interpretation) coffee briefings with Committee members.  These meetings are usually organised from 13h45 to 14h45 on the day prior to the examination of a particular country.

Organizations of lunch briefings and "side events", during the 11th session (31 March-11 April 2014): organizers are requested to send a note to the CRPD Secretariat, no later than 28 February 2014, indicating the day and the time of the event, as well as the number of speakers who will participate and the organizations they represent. Lunch briefings will take place in the ground floor conference room at Palais Wilson. In case of overlapping requests, the Secretariat will consult with the Chairperson on the allocation of time slots.

To find out the schedule of informal meetings, contact the Secretariat (crpd@ohchr.org).
 
Accessibility

The United Nations is committed to making its conferences as accessible as possible to persons with disabilities.  If you have a disability and may require reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the meetings, please contact the Secretariat (crpd@ohchr.org) well in advance of the session.  The Secretariat will assess requests on a case-by-case basis and within existing resources.

V. Accreditation
 
Please complete the online accreditation form for the 11th session by  15 March 2014 by accessing the OHCHR website, sign and send it by fax to 0041-22-917 9008, or by e-mail to crpd@ohchr.org.  All participants are responsible for making their own arrangements relating to travel and accommodations as well as visas to enter Switzerland.
 
VI. Additional Competence of the Committee

Under the Optional Protocol to the Convention, the Committee is given additional competences, namely:

  • to receive and consider individual communications from or on behalf of individuals or groups of individuals claiming that their rights under the Convention have been violated.  Communications are only received when they concern a State Party to the Optional Protocol.  All individual complaints should be sent to : TB-petitions@ohchr.org and registry@ohchr.org
  • to conduct inquiries, including visits to the State Party concerned, in cases of reliable information indicating grave or systematic violations of the rights established under the Convention in the State Party. All information should be sent to:  crpd@ohchr.org and registry@ohchr.org

VII. Additional Information
 
For more detailed information on the work of United Nations human rights treaty bodies read the chapter in the Handbook for Civil Society - http://goo.gl/fc3bI

Contact information:  

Secretariat of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Tel. +41.22.917.90.00
Fax. +41.22.917.90.08
Email: crpd@ohchr.org
Mailing address : UNOG-OHCHR, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Visiting address:  Palais Wilson, 52 rue des Pâquis, CH-1201, Geneva, Switzerland

Email addresses:

Country-specific information