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Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities publishes findings on Moldova, Iran, Cyprus, Jordan, Armenia, Honduras, Canada, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

GENEVA (13 April 2017) – The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons (CRPD) with disabilities has published findings on the countries it reviewed during its latest session from 20 March to 12 April: Moldova, Iran, Cyprus, Jordan, Armenia, Honduras, Canada and Bosnia and Herzegovina.  

These are among the 173 States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and so are required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee of 18 independent human rights experts. The CRPD’s findings, officially termed concluding observations, cover positive aspects of a State’s implementation of the Convention and also main areas of concern and recommendations for action. They are available here.

The CRPD will next meet from 14 August to 1 September to review the following countries: Latvia, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, Panama, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

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For more information and media requests, please contact Jorge Araya (+ 41 22 917 91 06 / jaraya@ohchr.org) or Liz Throssell (+41 22 917 94 66 / ethrossell@ohchr.org) 

Background 

What is the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and why is it important? 

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is a human rights treaty designed by representatives of the international community - including people with disabilities, government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and others - to change the way people with disabilities are viewed and treated in their societies.  

The Convention challenges people worldwide to understand disability as a human rights issue. It aims to reduce stigma and discrimination, which are often reasons why people with disabilities are excluded from education, employment and health and other services. The Convention covers many areas, including physical access to buildings, roads and transportation, and access to information through written and electronic communications.  

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is important because it is a tool for ensuring that people with disabilities have access to the same rights and opportunities as everybody else.  

More information on the CRPD: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/CRPDIndex.aspx

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