Expert meeting on deprivation of liberty of persons with disabilities

OHCHR held an expert meeting on the deprivation of liberty of persons with disabilities on 8-9 September 2015.

The objectives of the expert meeting were to:

  • identify gaps and challenges posed by the non-discriminatory approach to the deprivation of liberty to existing law
  • identify possible future actions to address existing gaps and challenges (research, development of protocols, law reform, etc.).
  •  Explore concrete alternative solutions to the existing disability-specific forms of deprivation of liberty that respect a person’s dignity, will and preferences.

The expert meeting gathered 15 participants, including CRPD Committee members, independent experts, scholars and representatives of organizations of persons with disabilities. It combined interactive presentations by 7 of the participants with different methodologies for knowledge management and debate.

Presentations by participants:

  • María Soledad Cisternas Reyes
  • Theresia Degener
  • Carlos Rios Espinosa
  • Eillionoir Flynn
  • Tina Minkowitz
  • Florencia Hegglin

A background note on the right to liberty and security of persons with disabilities was distributed to the participants by August 6th 2015, which included relevant information related CRPD standards under Article 14 of the CRPD.

As outcomes of the expert meeting, widely shared by OHCHR: