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UN CRPD Committee holds 18th Session in Geneva

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities held its 18th Session in Geneva between the 14 August and 01 September 2017. During this session, the  General Comment No. 5 on article 19 of the CRPD, “Living independently and being included in the community” has adopted. It also endorsed a draft general comment on article 5 of the CRPD, Equality and Non- discrimination, which will be posted online in the upcoming weeks. The CRPD Committee will call for written submissions from stakeholders for the purpose of this draft.

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention by the States Parties. All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially within two years of accepting the Convention and thereafter every four years. The Committee examines each report and shall make such suggestions and general recommendations on the report as it may consider appropriate and shall forward these to the State Party concerned.

The Committee meets in Geneva and normally holds two sessions per year. During this latest session, the Committee held interactive dialogues with Latvia, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, Panama, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. A list of issues prior to reporting were also issued to Argentina, Australia, Ecuador and Tunisia, under the simplified reporting procedure.

All Concluding Observations and List of Issues Prior to Reporting adopted during this session can soon be found on the UNCRPD Committee’s website.