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First report on the implementation of the UNCRPD in the European Union published

The European Union has published its first report on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

The report describes how the European Union has been implementing the UNCRPD through legislation, policy actions and funding instruments. It addresses all the rights and obligations enshrined in the Convention across a wide range of policy fields.

The European Disability Forum (EDF) has criticised the report for failing to include organisations of people with disabilities, for not addressing the diversity of people with disabilities, and for adopting a restrictive view of the EU’s obligations in the implementation of the UNCRPD. In order to address these gaps, the EDF is currently working on an alternative report in collaboration with other civil society organisations. Autism-Europe is actively involved in the drafting of this alternative report, which is expected to be published at the end of this year.

The European Union ratified the UNCRPD in 2010, it is the first time in history the EU has become a party to an international human rights treaty. All 28 Member States have signed the Convention and 25 of these have ratified it, while the remaining three (Finland, Ireland and the Netherlands) are making progress towards ratification.