Ten years ago, the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into force in the European Union leading to major changes in how the rights of persons with disabilities are dealt with at international, EU and national level.
Ahead of the launch of the next EU Disability Rights Strategy, which represents a great opportunity to build the foundations for full implementation of the CRPD at the EU level, the European Disability Forum (EDF) (of which Autism-Europe is a founder member), has published a list of reasons why the UNCRPD is still needed. Furthermore, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) has also featured the impact of the Convention, from the perspective of independent living and ENIL as an organisation.
The full participation of civil society, in particular persons with disabilities and their representative organisations, is essential in the monitoring and implementation process. As such, DPOs and self-advocates should be involved in the monitoring process.
International monitoring is achieved via the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Conference of States Parties, (CRPD committee).
It is for this reason that since 2012 the European Union has set up a mechanism to monitor the implementation of the Convention, called the EU monitoring Framework. EDF is a full member of the EU Framework, together with the European Ombudsman, the European Agency of Fundamental Rights and the European Parliament.