GENEVA (22 April 2016) – The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons (CRPD) with disabilities has published findings on the countries it reviewed during its latest session from 29 March to 21 April: Portugal, Thailand, Chile, Slovakia, Serbia, Lithuania and Uganda.
These are among the 163 States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and so are required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee of 18 independent human rights experts.
The CRPD’s findings, officially termed concluding observations, cover positive aspects of a State’s implementation of the Convention and also main areas of concern and recommendations for action. They are available here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1050&Lang=en
The CRPD will next meet from 15 August to 2 September to review Bolivia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Italy, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1052&Lang=en
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CRPD is composed of 18 independent human rights experts drawn from around the world. They serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty. More information on the CRPD:
This year is the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 December 2006 and came into force on 3 May 2008. More information here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/CRPD10.aspx
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