Australia's 2013 appearance at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
About the Convention
Australia became a party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (DisCo) in mid-2008. Article 34 of the DisCO established the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Committee). The Committee is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the DisCo 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. To read Australia’s initial report click here (http://www.ag.gov.au/RightsAndProtections/HumanRights/ReportCRPD/Pages/default.aspx)
The Committee meets in Geneva normally twice a year to examine States reports and to engage in dialogue with the State. Australia’s initial report will be examined at the Committee’s 10th Session (2nd – 13th September). For more information on the Committee sessions click here http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/Sessions.aspx
The Committee also asked the Commission to provide information on the implementation of the DisCo. To read the Commission’s submission, click here.
To read the Civil Society Shadow Report, click here http://www.disabilityrightsnow.org.au/
Australia will be appearing before the Committee on the afternoon of Tuesday 3rd September and the morning of Wednesday 4th September. The live interactive dialogue can be viewed through: www.treatybodywebcast.org
Following this interactive dialogue, the Committee will meet in private session and develop Concluding Comments which will contain recommendations for the Government to implement to promote respect for and protection of the human rights of people with disability. We will provide a link to these when they become available.