Thematic report on the role of international cooperation in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
20 December 2010
To the HRC at its 16th session, 4 March 2011
The Human Rights Council in its
resolution 13/11 requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a study on the role of international cooperation in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that was presented at the 16th session of the
Council in March 2011.
International cooperation is widely recognized as vital for ensuring that persons with disabilities can fully enjoy their human rights. The Convention expressly acknowledges this relationship, and obliges States parties to cooperate with other States and/or with relevant international and regional organizations and civil society including in:
- Building capacity, including through the exchange and sharing of information, experiences, training programmes and best practices;
- Research programmes and facilitating access to scientific knowledge; and
- Technical and economic assistance, including facilitating the use of accessible and assistive technologies.
The Convention affirms that not only do States parties have a role to play in fostering international cooperation to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, but civil society, including organizations representing persons with disabilities, and international and regional organizations, such as the United Nations specialized agencies, the World Bank and other development banks, and regional organizations, such as the European Commission and the African Union, do too.
In preparation of the study, OHCHR invited States and relevant stakeholders to present submissions by transmitting a set of questions related to existing legislation, policies and practices regarding the role of international cooperation in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As a result, OHCHR received the responses listed below.
National Human Rights Institutions
Commission Consultative des droits de l'homme, Luxembourg
Comision Nacional Derechos Humanos, Mexico
Commission national consultative des droits de l'homme, France
Defensoria del Pueblo, Paraguay
Deutsches Institut fï¿½r Menschenrechte, Germany
Equal Opportunities Commission, Hong Kong
Human Rights Commission, Canada
Human Rights Commission, New Zealand
Independent Monitoring Committee, Austria
National Centre for Human Rights, Jordan
National Human Rights Commission, India
Ombudswoman for persons with disabilities, Croatia
Procurador Nacional de Derechos Humanos, Guatemala
Procuradorï¿½a de Derechos Humanos, Nicaragua
Review of Special Education, New Zealand
NGOs and Civil Society Organizations
Special Rapporteur on Disability