Comments on legislation and policies

In this page, the UN Special Rapporteur 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
    • 11/11/2019 – decision to endorse the “Caritas City” or “Children’s City” programme of the Armenian Caritas organization (ARM 4/2019, reply 07 Feb 2020)
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
    • 17/04/2019 – 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
    • 20/08/2019 – 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 Aug 2019)
  • Canada
    • 20/12/2018 - changes to the sexuality education curriculum of the Province of Ontario (CAN 4/2018, reply 07 May 2019)
  • Chile
    • 12/07/2019 – 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
    • 21/12/2017 – 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 Mar 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
    • 29/09/2017 – 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 08 Dec 2017)
  • European Union
    • 21/08/2019 – paper entitled "Understanding the mental health disorders pathway leading to violent extremism” (OTH 41/2019, reply 09 Oct 2019)
  • France
    • 15/03/2017 – 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
    • 06/04/2018 - 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
    • 09/01/2018 – 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 09 Mar 2018)
  • Mexico
    • 03/05/2019 – 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)
    • 19/10/2018 – 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 07 Dec 2018)     
    • 19/12/2017 – proyecto de decreto por el que se crea la Ley de Salud Mental (MEX 12/2017, reply 19 Feb 2018)
  • Norway
    • 06/04/2018 – 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 Jul 2018)
  • Peru
    • 04/09/2018 – adopción del decreto legislativo número 1384, que reconoce y regula la capacidad jurídica de las personas con discapacidad (PER 3/2018)
  • Philippines
    • 15/02/2017 - pending adoption of a “Mental Health Act of 2016”, Senate Bills No. 1190 (PHL 2/2017, 14 Feb 2018)
  • Republic of Moldova
    • 04/07/2016 – 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
    • 06/04/2018 – 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 04 Jun 2018)
  • United States of America
    • 20/08/2018 – Executive Order 13846 (E.O.) of August 6, 2018, “Reimposing Certain Sanctions with Respect to Iran” (USA 17/2018)
  • Uzbekistan
    • 09/12/2019 – draft legislation “On the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” (UZB 4/2019, reply 05 Feb 2020)

  • Amicus briefs and expert testimonies