Comments on legislation and policies

In this page, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities shares all comments provided by the mandate to States and other actors on national laws, regulations and policies. The mandate regularly provides comments on the adequacy of normative and policy developments with international standards on the rights of persons with disabilities. 

See below a list of communications, amicus briefs and expert testimonies related to the rights of persons with disabilities sent by the Special Rapporteur and the responses received, where available.

Recent communications (by country)

  • Armenia
    • 11 November 2019 – decision to endorse the “Caritas City” or “Children’s City” programme of the Armenian Caritas organization (ARM 4/2019, reply 7 February 2020)
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
    • 17 April 2019 – importance of better promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities in the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which aims at improving social and economic outcomes in Asia (OTH 19/2019)
  • Brazil
    • 20 August 2019 – Bill PL 11091/2018 which amends the Statute of Persons with Disabilities, as well as provisions in the Civil Code and Code of Civil Procedures (BRA 13/2019, reply 22 August 2019)
  • Canada
    • 3 February 2021 – Bill C-7 which amends relevant provisions of the Criminal Code by expanding access to medical assistance in dying to persons with disabilities whose natural death is not reasonably foreseeable (CAN 2/2021).
    • 20 December 2018 - changes to the sexuality education curriculum of the Province of Ontario (CAN 4/2018, reply 7 May 2019)
  • Chile
    • 12 July /2019 – solicitud de opinión sobre el Proyecto de Ley que "modifica diversos textos legales con el objeto de eliminar la discriminación en contra de personas con discapacidad intelectual, cognitiva y psicosocial, y consagrar su derecho a la autonomía, Boletín N° 12.441-17" (CHL 2/2019)
  • Colombia
    • 21 December 2017 – Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2018, previsto por el primer semestre de 2018, que excluye preguntas para recopilar información sobre la población con discapacidad (COL 5/2017, reply 26 March 2018)
  • Costa Rica
    • 28/08/2020 - Consideraciones sobre el derecho a la capacidad jurídica y la toma de decisiones con apoyo (CRI 2/2020)
  • Council of Europe
    • 29 September 2017 – draft Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine elaborated by the Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe which openly contradicts the CRPD (OTH 23/2017, reply 8 December 2017)
  • European Union
    • 21 August 2019 – paper entitled "Understanding the mental health disorders pathway leading to violent extremism” (OTH 41/2019, reply 9 October 2019)
  • France
    • 15 March 2017 – décision du Conseil d'Etat du 10 novembre 2016 interdisant la diffusion d’un message vidéo de sensibilisation à la situation des personnes handicapées (FRA 2/2017)
  • Hungary
    • 06 April 2018 - national legislation and policy frameworks regulating the placement of persons with disabilities in segregated social care institutions (HUN 2/2018, reply 30 May 2018)
  • Japan
    • 09 January 2018 – pending adoption of a bill amending the “Act No. 123 of 1950 on Mental Health and Welfare for the Mentally Disabled” (JPN 4/2017, reply 9 March 2018)
  • Mexico
    • 03 May 2019 – posible disolución del Consejo Nacional para el Desarrollo y la Inclusión de las Personas con Discapacidad (CONADIS) o su retrocesión a una subdirección de la Secretaría de Bienestar (MEX 6/2019)
    • 19 October 2018 – impacto desproporcionado de varias normativas estatales aprobadas por el Gobierno que prohíben la posibilidad de pagar en efectivo los servicios de transporte privado requerido mediante aplicaciones móviles, situación que puede limitar la accesibilidad de las personas con discapacidad al transporte (MEX 12/2018, reply 7 December 2018)     
    • 19 December 2017 – proyecto de decreto por el que se crea la Ley de Salud Mental (MEX 12/2017, reply 19 February 2018)
  • Norway
    • 06 April 2018 – negative and disproportionate impact of the mental health law on the non-consensual treatment and detention of persons with disabilities in psychiatric facilities (NOR 1/2018, reply 30 July 2018)
  • Peru
    • 04 September 2018 – adopción del decreto legislativo número 1384, que reconoce y regula la capacidad jurídica de las personas con discapacidad (PER 3/2018)
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Moldova
    • 04 July 2016 – request for advice of the Moldovan Constitutional Court dated 7 June 2016, which has been called upon to deliberate on the constitutionality of the national Civil Code provisions on the matters of incapacitation, adult guardianship, and denial of procedural standing on grounds of disability (MDA 2/2016)
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    • 06 April 2018 – mental health legislation allowing for the non-consensual treatment and detention of persons with disabilities in psychiatric facilities, in contradiction with the CRPD (GBR 3/2018, reply 4 June 2018)
  • United States of America
    • 20 August 2018 – Executive Order 13846 (E.O.) of August 6, 2018, “Reimposing Certain Sanctions with Respect to Iran” (USA 17/2018)
  • Uzbekistan

Comments, amicus briefs and expert testimonies