Challenges Implementing Disability Rights Treaty?

Posted on 17 May 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Comments or Information, Human Rights, Networking Opportunities, Opinion, Psychiatric Disabilities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Abdul-Jeff Maalik Makana, the Executive Director of MindFreedom Kenya, wants to learn more about the challenges that other countries experience in implementing the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Below is his appeal for information. Please respond directly to him at kenya@mindfreedom.org.

Dear All,

Greetings from non sunny Nairobi day today!

We have a challenge here in Kenya advocating for the implementation of the UN CRPD. Are other states experiencing similar challenges? What are the challenges?

I recently on a media appearence to create awareness about the work of MindFreedom Kenya & advocating for the implementation of the UN CRPD… one caller to the show reinforced the general view that persons with psychosocial disabilities have no capacity at any time to make decision (Legal capacity) though the UN CRPD guarantees legal capacity(article 12) or even supported decision making.

To quote Daniel Hazen—Human Rights and Advocacy “cease the practice of exceptionalism when it comes to human rights” meaning we cannot downplay the CRPD which is a very important rallying point for our movement.

Mental Health (MH) policies cannot be written in a vacuum…. State parties and other stakeholders should get direction that adopting certain articles of the CRPD versus the CRPD in its entirety has far reaching consequences more so article 12 (right to legal capacity) a big part of the user/survivor movement advocacy.

Lastly, why was the term psychosocial disabled adopted in the UN CRPD versus the term mentally disabled or mentally ill? Here in Africa many don’t see mental illness as a disability? Can you please help me understand how to advocate better for psychosocial disabled term to be adopted and accepted locally.

What are your views:

I am doing a Survey on supporting signing/ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by state parties without reservations.

This obligation would require that the States both refrain from actions that undermine the principles and initiate efforts which would promote them. You can also e-mail your comments directly to kenya@mindfreedom.org
Question:

As a user, a survivor. mental health worker, or human rights activist in mental health do you support the position that the CRPD is non negotiable, and that the nature of this commitment obligates state parties to completely review MH policies and legislation which relied on flawed WHO MI Principles? *

http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=cnR3dTlrTGFGRjFXY3g2YWhvTUJESUE6MA..

A few sampling of responses collected regarding the above question:

This obligation would require that the States both refrain from actions that undermine the principles and initiate efforts which would promote them.(MH Policy, legislation’s, new MH laws, civic education, more access to mental services at the community level, empowering of persons with psychosocial disabilities to participate equally in society without being discriminated based on disabilities).

Absolutely I support it!! Recently there have been reports that they are opening “behavioral” units in nursing homes in New York State–a way to lock us up again quietly so there won’t be too many complaints. Fortunately we noticed and… Read More now there’s a lawsuit. Good thing so many of us “suffer” from hypervigelance!! Anyway, so good to see that we’re coming together internationally. We can and will find our power no matter how hard the system tried to hold us down.

I am not sure that I can ask for the UN treaty to become nationalized, but I do agree with many of the tenets. I think that I can see where some conflicts of interest might be involved. So better person by person, not this group or that. That is what I think….

With kind regards,

Abdul-Jeff Maalik Makana

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Abdul Maalik bin Ali formerly,
Jeff Makana

Executive Director,
MindFreedom Kenya(MF-K)
E-mail:kenya@mindfreedom.org
website: http://www.mindfreedomkenya.interconnection.org
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FUNDING for Disability Rights Projects in India, Mexico, Ukraine (Text in English, Español, українською мовою, на русском языке)

Posted on 16 February 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Capacity Building and Leadership, Cross-Disability, Democratic Participation, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Funding, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Disability Rights Fund Releases 2009 Request for Proposals: 3 New Countries Targeted in First Round
FEBRUARY16, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund (DRF)—a groundbreaking grantmaking collaborative supporting the human rights of people with disabilities—today announced its first 2009 grants round, “Raising Our Voice,” targeted at disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) in three countries: India, Mexico and Ukraine.

The broad objective of the Fund[1]—which was officially launched in March 2008—is to empower DPOs in the developing world and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union to participate in ratification, implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD).

In 2008, the Fund made one-year grants to 33 organizations in 7 countries (Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru; Ghana, Namibia, Uganda; Bangladesh), totaling USD 800,000. Grants ranged from USD 5000 – 50,000 and supported CRPD awareness-raising, strengthening coalitions and networks, and rights advocacy.

In the first round of 2009 grantmaking, applicant organizations may apply within one of two categories: a) single organizations or partnerships and b) national DPO coalitions. Grants to single organizations will range from USD 5,000 to 30,000 and support efforts to build voice and visibility and to develop rights-based advocacy and monitoring on the CRPD. Grants to national DPO coalitions will range from USD 30,000 to 70,000 and will support advocacy toward ratification of the CRPD, passage of specific legislation to accord with the CRPD, or the production of shadow reports.

Interested organizations are urged to review the full eligibility criteria and application details posted at the Fund’s website, http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/grant.html. Any questions on the proposal process should be directed to info@disabilityrightsfund.org by March 16. The deadline for applications is April 16, 2009.

As a donor representative on the DRF Steering Committee stated, “The launch of DRF’s 2009 grantmaking process marks an exciting expansion of our grantmaking to DPOs in three new countries and an effort to support both more marginalized sectors of the disability community and national coalitions advancing the rights of persons with disabilities.”

DRF’s donors include the American Jewish World Service, an anonymous founding donor, the Open Society Institute, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, and the United Kingdom Department for International Development.

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Fondo por los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad
publica convocatoria a presentar propuestas de proyectos en 2009:
Primera ronda de financiamiento va dirigida a tres nuevos países

16 de febrero de 2009
PARA DIFUSIÓN INMEDIATA

BOSTON, MA – El Fondo por los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (DRF)—una innovadora iniciativa de colaboración que apoya los derechos humanos de estas personas—anunció hoy su primera ronda de financiamiento de 2009, “Alzando nuestra voz”, dirigida a organizaciones de personas con discapacidad (OPD) en tres países: India, México y Ucrania.

El Fondo[2]—iniciado oficialmente en marzo de 2008—tiene el objetivo amplio de empoderar a las OPD del mundo en desarrollo y Europa Oriental/antigua Unión Soviética con el fin de que participen en la ratificación, aplicación y seguimiento de la Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (CDPD).

En 2008, el Fondo brindó apoyo financiero durante un año a 33 organizaciones en siete países (Ecuador, Nicaragua, Perú, Ghana, Namibia, Uganda y Bangladés), por un total de USD 800,000. Los subsidios, de USD 5,000 a 50,000, apoyaron la toma de conciencia respecto a la CDPD, el fortalecimiento de coaliciones y redes, así como la promoción y defensa de los derechos de las personas con discapacidad.

En la primera ronda de financiamiento de 2009, las organizaciones solicitantes pueden presentar propuestas en una de las siguientes categorías: a) como OPD que trabajan independientemente o en alianza con otras organizaciones, o b) en calidad de coaliciones nacionales de OPD. Las organizaciones de la primera categoría podrán solicitar subsidios desde USD 5,000 hasta 30,000, los cuales han de utilizarse para esfuerzos encaminados a generar voz y visibilidad, como también a desarrollar promoción, defensa y seguimiento de derechos con base en la CDPD. Los subsidios para las coaliciones nacionales de OPD, que oscilan entre USD 30,000 y 70,000, apoyarán acciones de promoción y defensa a favor de la ratificación de la CDPD, la aprobación de legislación específica armonizada con la CDPD o la elaboración de informes sombra.

Se invita a las organizaciones interesadas a leer todos los criterios de selección y los detalles para solicitud de fondos que se encuentran en http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/grant_spanish.html. Cualquier pregunta relacionada con el proceso de las propuestas debe dirigirse, a más tardar el 16 de marzo, a info@disabilityrightsfund.org. La fecha límite para presentar propuestas de proyectos es el 16 de abril de 2009.

Tal como aseveró una representante de donantes en el Comité Directivo del DRF, “El lanzamiento del proceso de financiamientos del DRF en 2009 constituye una expansión emocionante de nuestro apoyo financiero a las OPD en tres nuevos países; es también un esfuerzo por apoyar tanto a un mayor número de sectores marginados de la comunidad de personas con discapacidad como a coaliciones nacionales para la promoción de los derechos de las personas con discapacidad”.

Entre los donantes del DRF figuran el Servicio Mundial Judío Americano (AJWS), un donante fundador anónimo, el Instituto de la Sociedad Abierta, el Fondo Sigrid Rausing y el Departamento para el Desarrollo Internacional (DFID) del Reino Unido.

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Фонд прав інвалідів публікує запит на грантові заявки 2009 року: для першого етапу обрано три нові країни
16 лютого 2009 р.

БОСТОН (США) – Фонд прав інвалідів (ФПI) – новаторський спільний проект з надання грантів на підтримку прав людей з інвалідністю – оголосив сьогодні про початок першого етапу виділення грантів на 2009 рік, «Піднесімо свій голос», на допомогу організаціям інвалідів (ОІ) у трьох країнах: Індії, Мексиці й Україні.

Загальним завданням Фонду[3], офіційно відкритого в березні 2008 року, є надання ОІ у країнах, що розвиваються, та Східній Європі/колишньому Радянському Союзі можливостей для участі в ратифікації, реалізації та моніторингу дотримання Конвенції ООН про права інвалідів (КПІ).

У 2008 р. Фонд надав річні гранти 33 організаціям семи країн (Еквадор, Нікараґуа, Перу; Ґана, Намібія, Уганда; Банґладеш) на загальну суму $800 000. Гранти, розміром від $5000 до $50 000, були використані на підвищення обізнаності громадськості про КПІ, зміцнення коаліцій та інших об’єднань організацій інвалідів, захисту їх прав.

Протягом першого етапу надання грантів 2009 р. організації-кандидати можуть подати заявки в одній з двох категорій: a) окремі організації чи партнерства та б) національні коаліції ОІ. Гранти окремим організаціям, розміром від $5000 до $30 000, будуть спрямовані на посилення ролі й авторитету ОІ у суспільстві та розробку системи захисту прав інвалідів і моніторингу дотримання КПІ. Гранти національним коаліціям, розміром від $30 000 до $70 000, уможливлять роботу з прискорення ратифікації КПІ, прийняття конкретного законодавства згідно з КПІ або складання «тіньових» звітів.

Зацікавлені організації можуть вивчити критерії відповідності й відбору і всі подробиці процедури подання заявок на вебсайті Фонду, http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/grant.html. Усі запитання з процедури подання заявок слід надсилати на адресу info@disabilityrightsfund.org до 16 березня. Граничний термін прийому заявок – 16 квітня 2009 р.

Як сказав один з представників організацій-донорів у Керівному комітеті ФПІ: «Початок процесу надання грантів 2009 року позначить поширення нашої діяльності на три нових країни і наших зусиль з підтримки як найбільш ізольованих груп інвалідів, так і національних коаліцій в галузі захисту прав усіх людей з інвалідністю».

Серед донорів ФПІ – Американська єврейська всесвітня служба, анонімний донор – засновник Фонду, Інститут «Відкрите Суспільство», Фонд Сіґрид Раусінґ та Британський департамент міжнародного розвитку.

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ПРЕСС-РЕЛИЗ

Фонд прав инвалидов публикует запрос на грантовые заявки 2009 года: на первом этапе выбраны три новые страны
16 февраля 2009 г.

БОСТОН (США) – Фонд прав инвалидов (ФПИ) – новаторский совместный проект по предоставлению грантов в поддержку прав людей с инвалидностью – объявил сегодня о начале первого этапа выделения грантов на 2009 год, «Возвысим свой голос», направленного на помощь организациям инвалидов (ОИ) в трех странах: Индии, Мексике и Украине.

Общей задачей Фонда[4], официально открытого в марте 2008 года, является предоставление ОИ в развивающихся странах и Восточной Европе / бывшем Советском Союзе возможностей для участия в ратификации, реализации и мониторинге выполнения Конвенции ООН о правах инвалидов (КПИ).

В 2008 г. Фонд предоставил годичные гранты 33 организациям семи стран (Эквадор, Никарагуа, Перу; Гана, Намибия, Уганда; Бангладеш) на общую сумму $800 000. Гранты, в размере от $5000 до $50 000, были использованы для повышения осведомленности общественности о КПИ, укрепления коалиций и объединений организаций инвалидов, защиты их прав.
В ходе первого этапа предоставления грантов в 2009 г. организации-соискатели могут подать заявки в одной из двух категорий: a) отдельные организации или партнерства и б) национальные коалиции ОИ. Гранты отдельным организациям, в размере от $5000 до $30 000, будут нацелены на усиление роли и авторитета ОИ в обществе, выработку системы защиты прав инвалидов и мониторинга выполнения КПИ. Гранты национальным коалициям, в размере $30 000–$70 000, будут использованы на работу по ускорению ратификации КПИ, принятию конкретного законодательства в соответствии с КПИ или созданию «теневых» отчетов.

Заинтересованные организации могут изучить критерии соответствия и отбора и все подробности процедуры подачи заявок на вебсайте Фонда, http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/grant.html. Все вопросы по процедуре подачи заявок следует направлять по адресу info@disabilityrightsfund.org до 16 марта. Конечной датой принятия заявок является 16 апреля 2009 г.

Как сказал один из представителей организаций-доноров в Руководящем комитете ФПИ: «Начало процесса предоставления грантов 2009 года знаменует расширение нашей деятельности в трех новых странах и наших усилий по поддержанию как наиболее изолированных групп инвалидов, так и национальных коалиций по защите прав всех людей с инвалидностью».

Среди доноров ФПИ – Американская еврейская всемирная служба, анонимный донор – основатель Фонда, Институт «Открытое Общество», Фонд Сигрид Раусинг и Британский департамент международного развития.

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[1] The Disability Rights Fund is a project of Tides. Back to English text
[2] El Fondo por los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad es un proyecto de Tides.Regresar a Español
[3] Фонд прав інвалідів є проектом Тайдз. українською мовою
[4] Фонд прав инвалидов является проектом Тайдз. на русском языке

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FUNDING: Campaigns to Ratify, Implement Disability Rights Treaty (CRPD)

Posted on 1 October 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cognitive Impairments, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Psychiatric Disabilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Are you a disability rights advocate working in a developing country? Is your organization trying to persuade your country’s government to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)? Or, has your country already ratified the CRPD–and you are now working on making sure the CRPD is fully implemented, so that all people with disabilities in your country have their rights respected and protected? Do you need funding support?

The grantmaking foundation, Open Society Institute, has now established the Disability Rights Initiative that supports the efforts of disability rights advocates working on ratification and implementation of the CRPD around the world. The initiative gives priority to efforts promoting the rights of people with intellectual and psycho-social disabilities. However, OSI is willing to support a range of programs and projects that advance the CRPD.

Learn more detail about this funding opportunity and how to apply for it at:

http://www.soros.org/initiatives/special/focus/disability/grants

This is an on-going funding opportunity.

Please note that all inquiries and funding applications should be directed to the Open Society Institute, NOT We Can Do.

Advocates working on issues related to implementing the CRPD in developing countries will also want to keep checking the Disability Rights Fund web site for announcements of future, additional funding opportunities there. The application deadline for their first round of grants passed in August 2008, but they will be offering more funding grants to more countries in the future. Also check the resource section of the Disability Rights Fund website for links to more possible funding sources in general.

New to the CRPD? Learn more about this international, legally-binding human rights treaty that protects the human rights of people with disabilities around the world at http://ratifynow.org/ratifynow-faq/



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CALL for Views, Information on Ratifying, Implementing, Monitoring Disability Rights Treaty

Posted on 18 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Comments or Information, Call for Papers, Human Rights, News, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The following announcement from the United Nations should be of interest to anyone who has been watching developments with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD. It is also important for anyone who wishes to be involved with implementing or monitoring the CRPD. Individuals or organizations who wish to be involved with sharing feedback might also wish to join the AdHoc_IDC email discussion group and also the IDA_CRPD_Forum email discussion group. Please note that any related feedback or queries should please be directed to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, NOT to We Can Do. The deadline for feedback is September 15, 2008.

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On 4 June 2008, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights sent a letter to non-governmental organizations in relation to Human Rights Council resolution 7/9 entitled “human rights of persons with disabilities,” requesting views and information on:

a) Legal measures for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol;
b) Legal measures for implementation of the Convention and Optional Protocol;
c) Legal measures on national monitoring, particularly in relation to Article 33 of the Convention;
d) Any other information relating to paragraph 16 of the resolution.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has the pleasure to extend the deadline for submissions and consequently would be grateful if any response could be forwarded to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, (United Nations Office at Geneva, Ch-1211 Geneva 10; Fax. + 41 22 917 90 08; email: registry@ohchr.org by September 15, 2008.)

7/9. Human rights of persons with disabilities

The Human Rights Council

Recalling the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly, the most recent of which are resolution 62/170 of 18 December 2007 on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto, and resolution 62/127 of 18 December 2007 on the implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons,

Recalling also the relevant resolutions of the Commission on Human Rights, the most recent of which is resolution 2005/65 of 25 April 2005, as well as those of the commission for Social Development of the Economic and Social Council,

Reaffirming the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of all human rights nad fundamental freedoms and the need for persons with disabilities to be guaranteed their full enjoyment without discrimination,

Recognizing that disability is an evolving concept and that disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others,

Recognizing also the importance of accessibility to the phyiscal, social, economic and cultural environment, to health, education, information and communication, in enabling persons with disabilities to enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms fully,

Recognizing further the importance of international cooperation for improving the living conditions of persons with disabilities in every country, particularly in developing countries,

Recognizing that women and girls with disabilities are often subject to multiple discrimination, and emphasizing the need to incorporate a gender perspective in all efforts to promote the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities,

1. Reaffirms the need to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity, and in this regard, calls upon Governments to take active measures:

(a) To prevent and prohibit all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities;
(b) To ensure, for persons with disabilities, full and effective participation and inclusion, respect for their individual autonomy, including the freedom to make one’s own choices; independence; and equality of opportunity;

2. Welcomes the adoption by the General Assembly on 13 December 2006 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, and expresses the hope that they will enter into force at an early date;

3. Also welcomes the fact that, since the opening for signature of the Convention and Optional Protocol on 30 March 2007, 126 States have signed and 17 have ratified the Convention, and that 71 States have signed and 11 have ratified the Optional Protocol, and calls upon those States and regional integration organizations that have not yet done so to consider signing and ratifying the Convention and the Optional Protocol as a matter of priority;

4. Further welcomes the attention that several special rapporteurs ahve paid to the rights of persons with disabilities in carrying out their mandates, and requests special procedures, in carrying out their mandates, to take into account the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities;

5. Encourages the Human Rights council Advisory committee, and other mechanisms of the Council, to integrate the perspective of persons with disabilities, as appropriate, in carrying out their work and in their recommendations so as to facilitate the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the work of the council;

6. Urges all stake holders to give consideration to the rights of persons with disabilities at all stages of the universal periodic review, including during the consultations carried out by States at the national level for the preparation of information to be submitted for the review, so as to include national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations representing persons with disabilities in such consultations;

7. Welcomes the attention pad to the rights of persons with disabilities in the work of several human rights treaty monitoring bodies and encourages all such bodies to further integrate the perspective of persons with disabilities in their work, including in their monitoring activities and through the issuing of general comments;

8. UrgesGovernments to address fully, in consultation with, inter alia, national human rights institutions and organizations of persons with disabilities, the rights of persons with disabilities when fulfilling their reporting obligations under the relevant United Nations human rights instruments, and welcomes the efforts of those Governments that have begun to do so;

9. Welcomes the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on progress in the implementation of the recommendations contained in the study on the human rights of persons with disabilities (A/HRC/7/61) and invites the High Commissioner to continue to provide adequate support for the integration of the perspective of persons with disabilities in the work of the Council and to continue the activities of her Office that contribute to raising awareness and understanding of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including in cooperation with the Department for Economic and Social Affairs of the Secretariat;

10. Encourages States to raise awareness regarding the rights of persons with disabilities, including through public awareness campaigns and training programmes, to combat stereotypes, prejudices, harmful practices and attitudinal barriers relating to persons with disabilities and to promote positive perceptions and greater social awareness of persons with disabilities;
11. Encourages the High Commissioner for Human Rights to take fully into account the progressive implementation of standards and guidelines for the accessibility of facilities and services of the United nations system, also taking into account relevant provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and underlines the need for the Council, including its Internet resources, to be fully accessible to persons with disabilities;

12. Encourages States to take appropriate measures to identify and eliminate obstacles and barriers to accessibility for persons with disabilities, in particular to ensure that persons with disabilities have access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, transportation, information and communications, and to other facilities open or provided to the public, both in urban and rural areas;

13. Welcomes the important role played by national human rights institutions and civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities, in the negotiation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and encourages relevant institutions and organizaitons to continue their efforts to promote understanding of the Convention and, where appropriate, its implementation;

14. Encourages the Office of the United Nations High commissioner to continue to strengthen its partnerships with and its outreach activities toward civil society organizations, with a particular emphasis on organizations representing persons with disabilities, so as to raise awareness among them about the work of the human rights system;

15. Decides to hold an annual interactive debate in one of its regular sessions on the rights of persons with disabilities and that the first such debate should be held at its tenth session, focusing on key legal measures for ratification and effective implementation of the convention, including with regard to equality and non-discrimination;

16. Requests the Office of the High Commissioner to prepare a thematic study to enhance awareness and understanding of the convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities, focusing on legal measures key for the ratification and effective implementation of the Convention, such as those relating to equality and non-discrimination, in consultation with States, civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities, and national human rights institutions, and requests that the study be available on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner, in an accessible format, prior to the tenth session of the Council;

17. Notes that the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly at its next session a report on the status of the Convention and the Optional Protocol and on the implementation of resolution 62/170, and that it also requested the Secretary-General to submit that report to the Council as a contribution to its discussion of the rights of persons with disabilities;

18. Invites the Special Rapporteur on disabiltiy of the Commission for Social Development to continue cooperating with the Council and to address it on activities undertaken pursuant to his/her mandate, in accordance with its programme of work.

40th meeting, 27 March 2008 [Adopted without a vote. See chap. III.]

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Estimado Señor, estimada Señora,

El 4 de junio de 2008, la Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos envió una carta a las organizaciones no gubernamentales, en relación con la resolución 7/9 del Consejo de Derechos Humanos titulada “Los derechos humanos de las personas con discapacidad,” pidiendo información referente a:

a) Medidas jurídicas esenciales para la ratificación de la Convención y el Protocolo Facultativo;
b) Medidads jurídicas esenciales para la aplicación efectiva de la Convención y el Protocolo Facultativo;
c) Medidads jurídicas esenciales para la aplicación y el seguimiento nacionales en relación con el articulo 33 de la Convención;
d) Cualquier otra información relacionada con le parrafo 16 de la resolución.

La Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos tiene el honor de prolongar el periodo para someter la correspondiente información. En consecuencia, la Oficina agradeceria que toda información en respuesta a la nota verbal se enviara a la Oficina del Alto comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechose Humanos, (Oficina de las Naciones Unidas en Ginebra, CH-1211 Ginebra 10; Fax. + 41 22 917 90 08; email: registry@ohchr.org, antes del 15 de septiembre de 2008.

7/9. Los derechos humanos de las personas con discapacidad

El Consejo de Derechos Humanos,

Recordando las resoluciones pertinentes de la Asamblea General, las más recientes de las cuales son la resolución 62/170, de 18 de diciembre de 2007, relativa a la Convención sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad y su Protocolo Faculativo, y la resolución 62/127, de 18 de diciembre de 2007, relativa a la aplicación del Programa de Acción Mundial para las Personas con Discapacidad,

Recordando asimismo las resoluciones pertinentes de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos, la más reciente de las cuales es la resolución 2005/65, de 25 de abril de 2005, y las de la Comisión de Desarrollo Social del Consejo Económico y Social,

Reafirmando la universalidad, indivisibilidad, interdependencia e interrelación de todos los derechos humanos y liberatdes fundamentales, asi como la necesidad de garantizar que las personas con discapacidad los ejerzan plenamente y sin discriminación,

Reconociendo que la discapacidad es un concepto que evoluciona y que resulta de la interacción de las personas condeficiencias y las barreras debidas a la actitud y el entorno que evitan su particiación plena y efectiva en la sociedad en igualdad de condiciones con las demás,

Reconociendo asimismo la importancia de la accessibilidad al entorno fisico, social, económico y cultural, a la salud, la educación, la información y las comunicaciones para que las personas con discapacidad puedan gozar plenamente de todos los derechos humanos y las libertades fundamentales,

Reconociendo además la importancia de la cooperación internacional para mejorar las condiciones de vida de las personas con discapacidad en todos los paises, particularmente en los paises en desarrollo,

Consciente de que las mujures y las niñas con discapacidad están sujetas a multiples formas de discriminación, y surayando la necsidad de incorporar una perspectiva de género en todas las actividades destinadas a promover el pleno goce de los derechos humanos y las libertades fundamentales por las personas con discapacidad,

1. Reafirma la necesidad de promover, proteger y asegurar el goce pleno y en condiciones de igualdad de todos los derechos humanos y liberatdes fundamentales por todas las personas condiscapacidad y de promover el respeto de su dignidad inherente y, a este respecto, pide a los Gobiernos que adopten medidas activas para:

(a) Prevenir y prohibir todas las formas de discriminación contra las personas con discapacidad; y
(b) Garantizar a las personas con discapacidad la participación e inclusión plenas y efectivas en la sociedad; el respeto a su autonomia individual, incluida la libertad de tomar sus propias decisiones; la independencia, y la igualdad de oportunidades;

2. Acoge con satisfacción la aprobación por la Asamblea General, el 13 de diciembre de 2006, de la Convencion sobre los Derechos de las personas con discapacidad y su Protocolo Facultativo, y expresa el deseo de que entren en vigor en breve;

3. Acoge con satisfacción asimismo que desde la apertura a la firma de la Convención y el Protocolo Facultativo, el 30 de marzo de 2007, hayan firmado la Convención 126 Estados y la hayan ratificado 17, y que hayan firmado el Protocolo 71 Estados y lo hayan ratificado 11, y pide a los Estados y las organizaciones de integración regional que todavia no lo hayan hecho que consideren como cuestion prioritaria la firma y la ratificación de la Convención y el Protocolo Facultativo;

4. Acoge con satisfacción además la atención prestada por varios rlatores especiales en el cumplimiento de sus mandatos a los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, y pide que todos los responsables de los procedimientos especiales, en el cumplimiento de sus mandatos, tengan en cuenta el disfrute pleo y en condiciones de igualdad de todos los derechos humanoes por las personas con discapacidad;

5. Alienta al comite Asesor del Consejo de Derechos Humanos y a los demas mecanismos del Consejo a que integren la perspectiva de las personas con discapacidad, segun proceda, en sus actividades, y en sus recomendaciones para facilitar la inclusión de esas personas en la labor del Consejo;

6. Insta a todos los intersados a que tengan en consideración los derechos de las personas condiscapacidad en todas las etapas del examen periódico universal, por ejemplo en las consultas cleebradas por los Estados a nivel nacional para preparar la información que se ha de presentar para el examen, de modo que incluyan en esas consultas a las instituciones nacionales de derechos humanos y a las organizaciones no gubernamentales que representan a las personas con discapacidad;

7. Acoge con satisfacción la atención prestada a los derechos de las personas con dicapacidad en la labor de varios órganos de supervisión de tratados de derechos humanos y alienta a estos a que sigan integrando la perspectiva de las personas con discapacidad en su trabajo, especialmente en sus activades de supervisión y al formular las observaciones generales;

8. Insta a los gobiernos a que, en consulta con las instituciones nacionales de derechos humanos y las organizaciones de personas con discapacidad, entre otros, tengan plenamente en cuenta los derechos de las personas con discapacidad cuando presenten los informes previstos en los instrumentos pertinentes de las Naciones Unidas en materia de derechos humanos, y se contratula de los esfuerzos de los gobiernos que han empezado a hacerlo;

9. Acoge con satisfacción el informe de la Alta comisionada para los Derechos Humanos sobre los progresos alcanzados en la aplicación de las recomendadiones en el estudio sobre los derechos humanos y la discapacidad (A/HRC/7/61), e invita a la Alta comisionada a que siga prestando la ayuda oportuna con miras a integrar la perspectiva de las personas con discapacidad en el trabjo del Consejo y a proseguir las activi dades de su Oficina que contribuyan a dar a conocer y explicar la Convención sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, por ejemplo en cooperación con el Departamento de Asuntos Económicos y Sociales de la Secretaria;

11. Alienta asimismo a la Alta Comisionada para los Derechos Humanos a que tenga plenamenta en cuenta la aplicacion progresiva de normas y directrices sobre la accesibilidad de las instalaciones y los servicios del sistema de las Naciones Unidas, teniendo presentes ademas las disposiciones pertinentes de la Convencion sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, y subraya la necesidad de que el Consejo sea totalmente accesible a las personas con discapacidad, incluidos sus recursos de Internet;

12. Alienta ademas a los Estados a que adopten las medidas oportunas para identificar y eliminar los obstaculos e impedimentos a la accesibilidad de las personas con discapacidad, en particular para velar por que esas personas tengan acceso, en igualdad de condiciones con las demas, al entorno fisico, el transporte, la informacion y las comunicaciones y a otros servicios abiertos o suministrados al publico, tanto en las zonas urbanas como en las rurales;

13. Se congratula por el importante papel desempenado por las instituciones nacionales de derechos humanos y las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, en particular las organizaciones de personas con dicapacidad, en la negociacion de la Convencion sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, y alienta a las instituciones y organizaciones pertinentes a que prosigan sus actividades para fomentar la comprension de la Convencion y, cuando proceda, su aplicacion;

14. Alienta a la Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos a que siga fortaleciendo sus aliaznas con las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y sus actividades de comunicacion con ellas, centrandose especialmente en las organizaciones que representan a las personas con discapacidad, para hacerlas mas conscientes de la labor del sistema de derechos humanos;

15. Decide celebrar en uno de sus periodos ordinarios de sesiones un debate interactivo anual sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, y que el primero de esos debates se celebre en su decimo periodo de sesiones y trate de las medidads juridicas esenciales para la ratificacion y la aplicacion efectiva de la Convencion, y tambien en relacion con la igualdad y la no discriminacion;

16. Pide a la Oficina del Alto comisionado que prepare un estuido tematico para mejorar el conocimiento y la comprension de la Convencion sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad centrado en las medidas juridicas esenciales para la ratificacion y la aplicacion efectiva de la convencion, como las relativas a la igualdad y la no discriminacion, en consultat con los Estados, las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, incluidas las organizaciones de personas con discapacidad, y las instituciones nacionales de derechos humanos, y pide que el estuido este disponible en el sitio web de la Oficina del Alto Comisionado en un formato acceisble antes del decimo periodo de sesiones del Consejo;

17. Toma nota de que la Asamblea General pidió al Secretario General que le presentara en su próximo periodo de sesiones un informe sobre la situación de la Convención y el Protocolo Facultativo y sobre la aplicación de la resolución 62/170, y de que tambien pidió al Secretario General que presentara ese informe al Consejo para facilitar el examen de los derechos de las personas con discapacidad;

18. Invita al Relator Especial de la Comisión de Desarrollo Social encargado de la situación de la discapacidad a que siga cooperando con el Consejo y a que le informe, de conformidad con el programa de trabajo del Consejo, sobre las actividades que haya realizado en cumplimiento de su mandato.

40a sessión, 27 de marzo de 2008. [Aprobada si nvotación. Vease cap. III.]

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Madame/Monsieur,

Le 4 juin 2008, le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droit de l’homme a envoyé une lettre aux aorganisations non gouvernementales, en référence à la résolution 7/9 du Conseil des droit de l’homme intitulée <> en demandant des informations sur les points suivants:

a) des mesures juridiques nécessaires à la ratification de la Convention et Protocole Facultative;
b) des mesures juridiques nécessaires à la mise en œuvre de la Convention et Protocole Facultative;
c) des mesures juridiques nécessaires à l’application et su suivi au niveau national (article 33 de la Convention);
d) ainsi que toute autre information se rattachant au paragraphe 16 de la résolution.

Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droit de l’homme a l’honneur de prlonger le délai pour soumettre les réponses. en conséquence, il serait utile que toute information en réponse à la note verbale soit communiquée au Haut-Commissariat aux droit de l’homme, Office des Nations Unies à Genéve, CH-1211 Genéve 10, Fax + 41 22 917 90 08; Courrier électronique: registry@ohchr.org, vant le 15 septembre 2008.

Je vous prie d’agréer, Madame/Monsieur, l’expression de mes salutations distinguées.

Ibrahim Wani, Chef, Service du développement et des questions économiques et sociales.

7/9. Droits fondamentaux des peronnes handicapées

Le Conseil des droits de l’homme,

Rappelant les résolutions pertinentes de l’Assemblée générale, dont les plus récentes sont la résolution 62/170 du 18 décembre 2007 sur la Conventoin relative aux droits des personnes handicapées et le Protocole facultatif s’y rapportant et la résolution 62/127 du 18 décembre 2007 sur la mise en œuvre du Programme d’action mondial concernant les personnes handicapées,

Rappelant également les résolutions pertineentes de la Commission des droits de l’homme, dont la plus récente est la résolution 2005/65 du 25 avril 2005, ainsi que celles de la Commission du déeleoppement social du Conseil économique et social,

Réaffirmant que tous les droits de l’homme et toutes les libertés fondamentales sont universels, indivisibles, interdépendants et intimement liés, et qu’il est indispensable de garantir aux peronnes handicapées la pleine joussance de ces droits et libertés sans discrimination aucune,

Reconnaissant que la notion de handicap évolue et que le handicap résulte de l’interaction entre des personnes présentant des incapacités et les barriéres comportementales et environnementales qui font obstacle à leur pleine et effective participation à la société à égalité avec les autres,

Reconnaissant également qu’il importe que les personnes handicapées aient accés aux équipements physiques, sociaux, économiques et culturels, à la santé, à l’éducation, à l’information et à la communication pour jouir pleinement de tous les droits de l’homme et de toutes les libertés fondamentales,

Reconnaissant en outre l’importance de la coopération internationale pour améliorer les conditions de vie des personnes handicapées dans tous les pays, en particulier dans les pays en développement,

Reconnaissant que les feemes et les filles handicapées sont souvent exposées à de multiples discriminations et soulignant la nécessité d’intégrer le principe de l’égalité des sexes dans tous les efforts visant à promouvoir la pleine joussance par les peronnes handicapées des droits de l’homme et des libertvs fondamentales,

1. Réaffirme qu’il est nvcessaire de promouvoir, de protéger et d’assurer la pleine et égale joussance de tous les droits de l’homme et de toutes les libertés fondamentales par les personnes handicapées et de promouvoir le respect de leur dignité intrinséque et, à cet égard, demande aux gouvernements de prendre des mesures énergiques pour:

a) Empêcher et interdire toutes les formes de discrimination envers les personnes handicapées; et
b) Garantir la participation et l’intégration pleines et effectives des personnes handicapées dans la société, le respect de leur autonomie individuelle, y compris leur liberté de faire leurs propres choix, le respect de leur indépendance et l’égalité des chances;

2. Note avec satisfaction l’adoption par l’Assemblée générale, le 13 décembre 2006, de la Convention relative aux dorits des personnes handicapées et de son Protocole facultatif, et exprime l’espoir que ces instruments entreront en vigueur à une date proche;

3. Note également avec satisfaction que, depuis l’ouverture à la signature de la Convention et du Protocole facultatif le 30 mars 2007, 126 États ont signé la Convention et 17 l’ont ratifiée, et que 71 États ont signé le Protocole et 11 l’ont ratifié, et demande aux États et aux organisations régionales d’intvgration qui ne l’ont pas encore fait d’envisager de signer et de ratifier la Convention et le Protocole facultatif à titre prioritaire;

4. Note en outre avec satisfaction l’attention que plusieurs rapporteurs spéciaux ont portée aux droits des personnes handicapées dans l’exercice de leur mandat et invite les titulaires de mandats relevant des procédures spéciales à tenir compte, dans l’exercice de leur mandat, de la pleine jouissance — dans des conditions d’égalité–de tous les droits fondamentaux par les personnes handicapées;

5. Encourage le Comité consultatif du Conseil des droits de l’homme et dautres mécanismes du Conseil à intégrer la question des personnes handicapées, selon qu’il convient, dans l’exécution de leur tâche et dans leurs recommandations afin de faciliter l’incorporation de cette question dans les travaux du Conseil;

6. Prie instamment toutes les parties prenantes de prendre en considération les droits des personnes handicapées à toutes les étapes de l’Examen périodique universel, notamment lors des consultations que les États ménent au niveau national pour réunir les informations à présenter à l’Examen, afin que les institutions nationales des droits de ‘lhomme et les organisations non gouvernementales représentant les personnes handicapées prennent part à ces consultations;

7. Se félicite de l’attention accordée aux droits des personnes handicapées dans les travaux de plusieurs organes conventionnels relatifs aux droits de l’homme et encourage tous ces organes à poursuivre l’intégration de la question des personnes handicapées dans leurs travaux, notamment dnas leurs activitvés de suivi et dans les observations générales qu’ils publient;

8. Prie instamment les gouvernements, en consultation avec, notamment, les institutions nationales des droits de l’homme et les organisations de personnes handicapées, de traiter en détail de la question des droits des personnes handicapées dans les rapports qu’ils sont tenus de présenter en vertu des instruments pertinents des Nations Unies relatifs aux droits de l’homme, et salue l’initiative des gouvernements qui ont commencé à le faire;

9. Accueille avec satisfaction le rapport de la Haut-Comissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme sur les progrés accomplis dans la mise en œuvre des recommandations formulées dans l’étude sur les droits de l’homme et l’invalidité (A/HRC/7/61) et invite la Haut-Commissaire à continuer à appuyer comme il convient l’intégration de la question des personnes handicapées, notamment en coopération avec le Département des affaires économiques et sociales du secrétariat;

10. Encourage les États à faire œuvre de sensibilisation au sujet des droits des personnes handicapées, y compris au moyen de campagnes de sensibilisation du public et de programmes de formation, afin de lutter contre les stéréotypes, les préjugés, les praticques dangereuses et les barriéres comportementales concernant les personnes handicapées, et à promouvoir les perceptions positives et une plus grande conscience sociale à l’égard des personnes handicapées;

11. Encourage la Haut-Commissaire aux droits de l’homme à tenir pleinement compte de l’application progressive des normes et des directives régissant l’accessibilité des lcaux et des services du systéme des Nations Unies, en tenant également compte des dispoitions pertinentes de la Convention relative au droits des personnes handicapées, et souligne que le Conseil, y compris ses rssources Internet, doit être pleinement accessible aux personnes handicapées;

12. Encourage les États à prendre des mesures appropriées pour recenser et éliminer les obstacles et les entraves à l’accesibilité pour les personnes handicapées, en particulier à veiller à ce qu’elles aient accés, à égalité avec les autres, aux équipements physiques, aux transports, à l’information et à la communication et à d’autres équipements ouverts ou destinés au public, tants dans les zones urbaines que dans les zones rurales;

13. Se félicite du rôle important joué par les institutions nationales des droits de l’homme et les organisations de la socétécivile, notamment les organisations de personnes handicapées, dans la négocation de la Convention relative aux droits des personnes handicapées, et encourage les institutions et les organisations intéressées à poursuivre leurs efforts pour faire comprendre la Convention et, le cas échéant, promouvoir sa mise en œuvre;

14. Encourage le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme à continuer de renforcer ses partenariats avec des organisations de le sociét civile, notamment les organisations et les activités de sensibilisation qu’il méne dans leur direction, en privilégiant en particulier les organisations représentant les personnes handicapées, afin de les sensibiliser aux travaux du systéme des droits de l’homme;

15. Décide de tenir tous les ans, au cours d’une de ses sessions ordinaires, un débat interactif sur les droits des personnes handicapées dont le premir devrait avoir lieu à sa dixiéme session, l’accent étant mis sur les principales mesures juridiques nécessaires à la ratification et à la mise en œuvre effective de la Convention, notamment en ce qui concerne l’égalité et la non-discrimnation;

16. Prie le Haut-Commissariat de réaliser une étude thématique visant à faire miux connaître et comprendre la Convention relative aux droits des personnes handicapées, en insistant sur les principales mesures juridiques nécessaires à la ratification et à la mise en œuvre effective de la Convention, telles que les mesures ayant trait à l’égalité et à la non-discrimination, en consultation avec les États, les organisations de la société civile, notamment les organisations de personnes handicapées, et les institutions nationales des droits de l’homme, et demande que cette étude soit disponible sur le site Web du Haut-Commissariat, dans un format accessible, avant la dixiéme session du Conseil;

17. Note que l’Assemblée générale a prié le Secrétaire général de lui présenter à sa prochaine session un rapport sur l’état de la Convention et du Protocole facultatif et sur la’application de la résolution 62/170 et l’a également prié de soumettre ce rapport au Conseil en tant que contribution à son débat sur les droits des personnes handicapées;

18. Invite le Rapporteur spécial de la Commission du développement social chargé d’étudier la situation des handicapés à continuer à coopérer avec le Conseil et à lui rendre compte des activités entreprises en application de son mandant, conformément au programme de travail du Conseil.

40e séance, 27 mars 2008 [Adoptée sans vote. Voir chap. III.]

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NEWS: 20th Nation Ratifies International Disability Rights Treaty

Posted on 4 April 2008. Filed under: Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

RatifyNow has reported that Ecuador became the 20th nation to ratify the international disability rights treaty, known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), earlier today on April 3, 2008. It also became the 13th nation to ratify the accompanying Optional Protocol. Accordingly, both the CRPD and the Optional Protocol will enter into force 30 days from now. This means that countries ratifying the CRPD will now be obligated to obey it, as will countries ratifying the Optional Protocols.

RatifyNow has a story about the newest ratification; why this is a historic milestone for the international disability community; how countries and people with disabilities will be affected; how ordinary citizens like YOU can help push for more countries to ratify the CRPD and then implement it fully; and how you can become involved in the ratification movement at:

http://ratifynow.org/2008/04/03/ecuador-the-20th-country-ratifies-the-crpd-…-now-what/

Also, the United Nationas, the International Disability Alliance, and RatifyNow are all planning events to celebrate the CRPD entering into force in both New York City and Washington DC on May 12. 2008. Return to the RatifyNow.org web site for further details.

Also, read the official United Nations (UN) story, including a quote from the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, at:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=26199&Cr=disab&Cr1=convention




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NEWS: Jordan Ratifies CRPD

Posted on 1 April 2008. Filed under: Human Rights, Middle East and North Africa, News | Tags: , , , , , , , |

RatifyNow has now announced that Jordan ratified the international disabilities rights treaty, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) yesterday, March 31, 2008.

Regular We Can Do readers will know that the CRPD is the first international legally binding human rights instrument to protect people with disabilities. It protects the rights of people with disabilities to have access to education and health services; to be free from torture and other forms of abuse; to have the right to make their own choices about what medical treatment they will accept or refuse; the right to live in the community; and more.

As of this writing (April 1 … and, no, not April Fool’s), the United Nations Enable web site has not yet announced Jordan’s ratification. But contacts within the ratification movement were able to verify the news with the UN Secretariat.

The CRPD needs to be ratified by a total of 20 countries before it can become legally enforceable, then it will go into effect 30 days later. Jordan is the 18th country to ratify since the treaty was opened for countries to sign and ratify. The other 17 ratifying countries include Bangladesh, Croatia, Cuba, El Salvador, Gabon, Guinea, Hungary, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, San Marino, South Africa, and Spain.

In addition to 18 ratifications, 126 countries have signed the CRPD. Signing an international treaty does not oblige a country to obey it. In order to be legally bound by a treaty, a country must ratify it. However, signing a treaty does send a signal that the country is interested in ratifying the treaty in the future. It also commits the country to avoiding any action that would violate the spirit of the treaty.

Keep watching this space for the next two ratifications, possibly within a week. Also watch for upcoming announcements on how RatifyNow plans to celebrate and promote the CRPD when it goes into effect 30 days after the 20th ratification.

Consult the RatifyNow FAQ to learn more about the CRPD, how it is meant to help people with disabilities, and how the ratification process works.



This text is taken with slight modifications from the RatifyNow.org web site with permission of author.

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NEWS: Philippine Initiative Promotes CRPD Ratification

Posted on 4 March 2008. Filed under: East Asia Pacific Region, Human Rights, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

A disability organization, Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas, Inc.(KAMPI), launched a new initiative in late January that promotes ratifying and implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the Philippines. The initiative has been dubbed “Ang Maykapansanan: Karapatan at Kinabukasan” (Our Rights, Our Future).

Once the CRPD enters full legal force, it will become the first legally-binding, international treaty to protect the human rights of disabled people. Other international human rights instruments either do not address disabled people, or are not legally binding, or both.

(Side note: I was reminded recently that to some people, “convention” means “meeting.” But not in this context! Here, a “convention” is an agreement! So basically, the CRPD is a legally binding agreement among the ratifying countries to pass and implement laws that protect a wide range of human rights for people with disabilities. Ratifying countries also agree to abolish laws that violate the rights of disabled people. Signing a treaty is not the same as ratifying it: signing a treaty is not legally binding, but is a first step toward ratification.)

KAMPI is a member of Disabled People International (DPI), a global federation of national organizations of people with disabilities in 142 countries and territories. DPI, a cross-disability organization, has been heavily involved in promoting the CRPD. Among other things, DPI has created a ratification toolkit and also an implementation toolkit, both targeted at grassroots disability advocates who want to persuade their governments to sign, ratify, and implement the CRPD.

Read more about the KAMPI initiative in the Philippines at

http://v1.dpi.org/lang-en/resources/details?page=901

Also learn more about the CRPD and global efforts to ratify it at www.RatifyNow.org.




We Can Do learned about the KAMPI initiative through the DPI email newsletter.

This article is cross-posted, with minor modifications, at both We Can Do and RatifyNow.org with permission of author.

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Ratifying and Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with

Posted on 11 September 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Human rights advocates now have two new tools at icrpd.net to help them ensure that the rights of disabled people are better protected in countries around the world through the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Most readers of this blog know either through first-hand experience or through observation that even the most basic human rights of people with disabilities are routinely violated. In countries rich and poor, disabled people who could have lived independently with the appropriate support system are instead locked up in institutions, have their teeth removed, are forcibly restrained or even murdered for “their own good.” In many countries, but particularly developing countries, lack of knowledge, information, and resources keep disabled children out of
school
and disabled adults out of vocational and micro-entrepreneurial
training
programs.

The recent United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an important first step toward correcting these injustices. The good news is that, so far, 102 out of 191 UN members have signed the convention. But signing the convention does not, by itself, protect disabled people from human rights violations. Two important steps still need to happen next. After signing the convention, a country must also ratify it. And after ratifying it, the country must then implement the
convention.

Disabled People International has developed two toolkits, available at icrpd.net, that activists, advocates, and allies can use to ensure that their country, too, ratifies and then implements the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Both resources are available in English, Spanish,
and French and can either be read on-line or downloaded in Word or PDF format.

People commonly believe that simply signing a convention ratifies it, but it does not. According to DPI’s CRPD Ratification Toolkit, signing the convention is a country’s way of saying that it agrees with the main idea of the convention–but without legally binding itself to comply with the convention. The convention only becomes legally binding (i.e., the country has to follow it) when a country ratifies it.

So far, five countries have ratified the CRPD: Jamaica (March 30 ’07); Hungary (July 20 ’07); Panama (August 7 ’07); Croatia (August 15 ’07); and Cuba (September 6 ’07). If your country is not in the previous sentence, then it had not yet ratified the convention as of September 11.

The first of the two toolkits from DPI is meant to help activists guide their country toward ratifying the CRPD. The ratification toolkit explains the UN disability convention and why it is needed and how activists can get the UN disability convention ratified in their country. The toolkit includes interactive learning exercises for
the members of your group.

If you are living in one of the five countries that has ratified the convention–congratulations. You are now ready to start using the implementation toolkit. “Implementation” is what brings a convention to life. Until a convention is implemented, a convention is just words on paper. Implementing the convention means that your country is taking action to ensure that the rights of disabled people are protected and respected.

DPI’s implementation toolkit explains some of the history behind the convention; the structure of the convention and how to understand it better; and how to ensure that your country implements the convention.

If you have used either of these toolkits (www.icrpd.net) please share your feedback here. Your thoughts and comments may help other people who are considering using them.



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