|The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a group of people
who check if countries respect the rights of people with disabilities.
The people meet in Geneva.
The meeting started on 31 March and it will go on for 2 weeks.
They will talk about the countries of Sweden, Azerbaijan and Costa Rica.
They will also talk about:
The 11th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will take place between the 31st of March and 11th of April 2014, at Palais Wilson, in Geneva.
The Committee will analyse the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Azerbaijan, Costa Rica and Sweden. The reports on the matter submitted by the three countries will be discussed in public meetings in the first part of the week, while the Committee will later on reconvene in private to analyse the initial report on Mexico.
The 11th session’s agenda also includes deliberations on the two General Comments to the CRPD, concerning accessibility and legal capacity, drafted in 2013. The General Comments provide an authoritative interpretation of State Parties’ obligations under Article 9 and Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As such, they can be instrumental in advancing accessibility and the right to decide.
More information about the General Comment on legal capacity can be found here, in a previous article published by Inclusion Europe. The implementation of the UN Convention and both General Comments will also be the subject of the annual policy seminar for leaders of our movement. The seminar will take place on 14 May in Belfast – one day before the start of the ‘Europe in Action’ conference.
The CRPD was adopted in December 2006 by the General Assembly, signed by 158 states and ratified by 140 and one regional organisation, the EU, which ratified it four years later, in December 2010.
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