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IDA Disability Rights Bulletin February 2013

IDA Disability Rights Bulletin February 2013

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IDA Disability Rights Bulletin (February 2013)Contents
Global News.............................................................................................................1New York News........................................................................................................2Geneva News...........................................................................................................3Treaty Bodies 1........................................................................................................3Human Rights Council.............................................................................................5Upcoming Meetings.................................................................................................6Treaty Bodies 2........................................................................................................6 About IDA Disability Rights Bulletin.........................................................................6
Global News
CRPD ratifications reach 129
The ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by Albania on 11 February 2013 and Barbados on 27 February 2013 bring a total of 129States Parties to the CRPD, while the Optional Protocol (OP) has 76 ratifications.The number of signatories to the CRPD is 155 while the OP has 91 signatures.List of signatories and States Parties
Leadership meeting on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015Development Agenda
The meeting, co-hosted by the governments of Denmark and Ghana together with theExecutive Directors of UNICEF and UN Women, took place in Copenhagen on 19February 2013 and was well attended by key decision-makers in governments, civilsociety and the UN. The purpose of this meeting was to review the final report of theglobal thematic consultation on addressing inequalities and present a statement andrecommendations on how to address inequalities in the post-2015 agenda.Related documents:
Online consultation for a disability-inclusive development agenda towards2015 & beyond
 As part of the preparatory process for the United Nations General Assembly High-levelMeeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD), the UN Department of Economic andSocial Affairs in collaboration with UNICEF is holding an online moderated consultation togather views from a broad range of stakeholders on how to include disability in the post-2015 development framework, in order to contribute to the ongoing work for the HLMDD.Building on the earlier online discussion on “Addressing Inequalities and Persons withDisabilities in the Post-2015 development agenda”, held on this site in November (readthe summary report here: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/304822), this consultation aims to take a closer look at the particular challenges faced by persons with
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disabilities in different regions, and to identify the specific measures and actions to betaken by different stakeholders to promote disability-inclusive societies and development.The Online Consultation will be conducted from 8 - 28 March 2013. To participate, pleasevisit the sitewww.worldwewant2015.org/enable and login or register at: www.worldwewant2015.org/register .
European Court of Human Rights
On 12 February 2013, the European Court of Human Rights handed down its judgment inthe case
(Application no 45705/07).This case concerned a wheel chair user prisoner who, in the course of carrying out his sentence, was subjected to ill-treatment inprison due to the lack of provision of reasonable accommodation. In July 2012,IDA,together with EDF and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, submitted athird partyinterventionin the case highlighting CRPD standards in relation to detention, freedomfrom torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment and non-discrimination including the obligation to provide reasonable accommodation. The Courtfound that keeping the applicant detained in conditions which were not suitable for persons with physical disabilities and "not making sufficient efforts to
reasonably accommodate
his special needs raises a serious issue under the Convention" (emphasisadded), and in these particular circumstances reaches the threshold of severity andconstitutes degrading and inhuman treatment contrary to Article 3 of the ECHR.
New York News
The 51st session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) was convened from6 - 15 February 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York. The priority theme this year was "Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, socialintegration and full employment and decent work for all." The CSocD adopted 5resolutions and all of them contain disability language. The resolution on Mainstreamingdisability in the development agenda: towards 2015 and beyondwas entirely focused ondisability and has a very strong development perspective. This resolution recognisesdisability as a cross-cutting issue, underlines the importance of a disability inclusive post-2015 process, encourages the implementation of the QCPR and has a very good gender angle. The other 4 resolutions on family, ageing, youth and Africa´s development allinclude references to persons with disabilities.Related Documents and links:
Monitoring of the implementation of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of  Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (report: E/CN.5/2013/10), which is the annual report prepared by the Special Rapporteur on Disability
Mainstreaming disability in the development agenda: towards 2015 and beyond(reportE/CN.5/2013/9), which primarily focuses on follow-up frameworks andstrategies for disability mainstreaming, and suggests that three major elements –monitoring, capacity building, coordination - be considered throughout the HLMDD
Statement made by Mr. Shuaib Chalklen(Special Rapporteur on Disability)
UN Statistical Commission
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The 44th session of the UN Statistical Commission took place from 26 February to 1March 2013. TheReport of the World Health Organization on health statistics was introduced to the Commission. The Report refers to the Washington Group, nationalsurveys on disability and a model disability survey that was presented at a Statisticalexpert meeting on 5 and 6 December 2012. The model survey will be pilot tested beforeuse in national surveys. The Report also describes the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), a framework for documenting disability, publishedby WHO in 2001.
The 57
th
session of the Commission on the Status of Women is taking place at UNHeadquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013. The priority theme this year is‘Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls’. UN Womenand IDA are co-organising a side event that will address the issue of violence againstwomen and girls with disabilities. Following an introduction from the PermanentRepresentative of El Salvador, UN Women’s Executive Director Michelle Bachelet willlead a high-level panel discussion exploring the intersection of the CRPD and theConvention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The eventwill be held on Friday 8 March 2013 at UN Headquarters in New York.
Geneva News
On 26 February, the inter-governmental process of the General Assembly on treaty bodystrengtheningheld a civil society hearing.IDA made a statementat the hearing focusing on accessibility across the treaty bodies, as well as joined in several joint NGO statementsonmembership,accessibility and visibility, andeffective reporting and follow up.  At its last session in January 2013, the
(CRCCommittee)adopted itsRules of Procedure on the third Optional Protocol to theConvention on the Rights of the Childestablishing a communications mechanism allowingfor individuals or groups of individuals to raise violations of the CRC and its twosubstantive Optional Protocols, and also an inquiry procedure. The Rules of Procedurespecifically set out that communications may be submitted by individuals “regardless of whether their legal capacity is recognized in the State party against which thecommunication is directed” (Rule 13), and guarantee that information exchanged or disseminated throughout the procedure will be provided in an appropriate and accessibleformat and, to the extent possible, adapted to the age and maturity of the author(s) (Rules14, 15, 21, 27). The third Optional Protocol will enter into force upon its tenth ratification.Currently, it has been ratified by three States (Thailand, Gabon and Germany).In follow up to the day of general discussion held at its 61
st
session in September lastyear, the CRC Committee adopted aReport on the rights of all children in the context of international migrationwhich provides an overview of the discussions and puts forwardsrecommendations to States as well as guidance to other relevant actors concerning therespect, promotion and fulfillment of the rights of children in situations of internationalmigration. In particular, the Committee calls on States to “ensure that their migrationpolicies do not discriminate against children with disabilities or children in families of parents with disabilities, and that States refrain from considering disability as grounds for the denial of an immigration application” (para 71), as well as sets standards on the right
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