GENEVA (8 March, 2019) – The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will meet in Geneva from 11 March to 5 April 2019 to review the following countries: Cuba, Niger, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Turkey, and Vanuatu.
The above are among the 177 States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and so are required to submit regular reports to the Committee, which is composed of 18 international independent experts.
During the meetings in Geneva, Committee members will hold dialogues with the respective State delegations. They will also hear from organisations of persons with disabilities, NGOs, national human rights institutions, and independent monitoring frameworks.
The open, public sessions will be held in Room XVII of the Palais des Nations in Geneva on the following schedule:
Monday, 11 March
10:00-13:00 Opening of the session
Tuesday, 12 March
Wednesday, 13 March
Thursday, 14 March
Friday, 15 March
Monday, 18 March
Tuesday, 19 March
Wednesday, 20 March
15:00-18:00 Saudi Arabia
Thursday, 21 March
10:00-13:00 Saudi Arabia
Friday, 22 March
Monday, 25 March
Tuesday, 26 March
Wednesday, 27 March
The recommended hashtag for the meeting is #CRPD21 and the sessions will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org. More information, including reports from the States under review and from civil society, are available on the session Web page.
The Committee will publish its findings on the respective countries, known officially as concluding observations, here on 5 April 2018.
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities monitors States parties’ adherence to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which to date has 177 States parties. The Committee is made up of 18 members who are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who 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.
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