On the 14 October 2015, a workshop was jointly organised by the European Disability Forum and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Regional Office for Europe (ROE). The focus of the workshop was to support Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) and self-advocates in their participation during the review process of their respective countries before the CRPD Committee. The workshop provided guidance and expertise in, among other things, drafting alternative reports, individual complaints, and organising briefing meetings with Committee members.
The workshop was designed in particular for rights-holders and DPOs representing persons with disabilities who are based/work in countries who are set to be reviewed by the CRPD Committee in the near future: Portugal, Slovakia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Serbia and Italy.
Here you can read the presentation given by An-Sofie Leenknecht, Human Rights Officer at EDF, on the role of rights holders, DPOs and CSOs in the Reporting Cycle at the CRPD Committee and how they can actively take part in the monitoring of the implementation of the UNCRPD. This presentation is useful to inform autism organisations so that they can adequately voice the concerns of people on the autism spectrum.