The UN High Commissioner’s report on the realization of the right to work (A/HRC/46/47)

The report on the right to work (A/HRC/46/47 Easy to Read Version in English) has been prepared pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 43/7, which requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare an analytical report on the relationship between the realization of the right to work and the enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on their empowerment, in accordance with States’ respective obligations under international human rights law, and to indicate major challenges and best practices in that regard.

For the preparation of the report, and as requested by the Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) consulted States, United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, in particular the International Labour Organization (ILO), as well as human rights treaty bodies, special procedures, civil society and national human rights institutions. A request for inputs on challenges and best practices for the enjoyment of the right to work of persons with disabilities was sent to relevant stakeholders, to which 30 responses were received as of the submission of the report.

The report builds upon previous reports of the High Commissioner on the right to work, as well as on the 2012 study on the right to work of persons with disabilities. The latter, in particular, presents in detail the normative framework pertaining to the right to work of persons with disabilities. In the report, the High Commissioner provides an overview of the main barriers persons with disabilities face in enjoying their right to decent work and highlights how targeted rights based measures to disability can help overcome these barriers and create an enabling and conducive environment for the participation of persons with disabilities in the labour market.

The call for inputs closed on 4 December and the following submissions were received:

States

National Human Rights Institutions

NGOs

Individuals