Civil Society Questionnaire: Human Rights and Disability

Deadline August 31, 2007



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"New" Civil society organizations are welcomed to fill in the following questionnaire in English, Spanish, or French. Please submit your answers by 31 August 2007 to the following e-mail address: crpd@ohchr.org We would be very grateful if you would disseminate this information as widely as possible.

"Nouveau" Les organisations de la société civile sont invitées à remplir ce questionnaire en Anglais, Espagnol ou Français. Veuillez envoyer vos réponses au plus tard le 31 Août 2007 à l'adresse e-mail suivante: crpd@ohchr.org. Nous vous remercions beaucoup de bien vouloir diffuser cette information le plus largement possible.

"Novedad" Se invita a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil a rellenar el siguiente cuestionario en inglés, español o francés. Apreciaríamos recibir sus respuestas para el 31 de agosto de 2007 en la siguiente dirección de correo crpd@ohchr.org. Del mismo modo rogamos distribuyan esta información lo más ampliamente posible.

Working with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights A Handbook for NGOs
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As of 2 August 2007, 101 countries have signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and 56 have signed the Optional Protocol. Two countries have ratified the Convention and one country has ratified the Optional Protocol.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education on "The right to education of persons with disabilities" (A/HRC/4/29)
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Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on progress on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the study on human rights and disability (A/HRC/4/75)
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On 30 March 2007, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol were opened for signature. 81 countries and the EC signed the Convention and 44 countries signed the Optional Protocol. One country ratified the Convention. See the updated list of signatures and ratifications.

The High Commissioner participated in the opening, congratulating civil society for the impressive role it played in the negotiation of the treaty and highlighting some of the issues that will be important for the future implementation of the Convention and its Optional Protocol".

Read the High Commissioner's opening speech and the High Commissioner's speech to the High-Level Dialogue "From Vision to Action: The Road to Implementation of the Convention".

The Convention will need 20 ratifications to come into force and the Optional Protocol will need 10 ratifications to come into force.

General Assembly adopts the International Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol.
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5 December 2006 - the High Commissioner addresses the Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly as it adopts the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
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On 25 August 2006, the Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities adopted a draft International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as a draft International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as a optional protocol to the convention.

Over 600 million people, or approximately 10 per cent of the world’s population, have a disability of one form or another. While their living conditions vary, they are united in one common experience – being exposed to various forms of discrimination and social exclusion.  

A dramatic shift in perspective has been taking place over the past two decades, and persons with disabilities are increasingly viewed as holders of rights. This shift to the human rights perspective, which is taking place in all economic and social systems, has been authoritatively endorsed by the United Nations. 

In 2000, the Commission on Human Rights asked the High Commissioner, in cooperation with the Special Rapporteur on Disability of the Commission for Social Development, “to examine measures to strengthen the protection and monitoring of the human rights of persons with disabilities”. Following to that request, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights designed a long-term plan to enhance the recognition of the human rights dimension of disability.

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