United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Disability: How you can make a difference
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is an international treaty which identifies the rights of disabled people as well as the obligations on the United Kingdom to promote and protect those rights.
In October 2014 and again in April 2015, the UN Committee will examine how the UK (including Northern Ireland) is delivering on their obligations to people with disabilities .
Disabled people and representative organisations have a critical role to play in the Committee’s examination of how the Convention is being implemented in the UK. By highlighting the challenges faced by people with disabilities living in Northern Ireland, you can inform the recommendations that the UN will make to the UK to further advance disability issues.
We, as the Independent Mechanism for Northern Ireland, are continuing in our efforts to ensure your are central to our own work, but also to encourage you to directly engage with the UN Committee to drive change.
You currently have the opportunity to inform:
• a ‘list of issues’ to be raised by the Committee (likely around October 2014) with the UK Government for clarification or explanation with regards to key disability issues covered under the Convention;
• the formal examination of the UK Government (likely in April 2015) and any subsequent UN recommendations to the UK Government for action;
• the submissions that we, as part of the of the UK independent Mechanism, will make on key issues impacting on disabled people in Northern Ireland.
We are organized a series of workshops in February 2014 to provide additional information on how you can get involved in the CRPD reporting process, and also to further refine our own submissions to the UN Committee .
The three free events provided an opportunity to:
- Learn about and suggest refinements to our proposed policy submissions to the UN Committee regarding key disability issues in Northern Ireland;
- suggest refinements to disability research currently being undertaken by QUB on our behalf to examine shortfalls in public policy and service delivery;
- hear how you can best influence and directly engage with the UN Committee to advance disability issues;
- as a group, discuss the key issues that disabled people and their representative organisations may wish to raise themselves with the UN Committee.
IMNI continues to work closely with disabled people and their representatives in delivering our mandate and developing our submissions to the CRPD Committee.
We anticipate engaging with you further on key issues as we work through the UN Reporting timeline, including the key UN events in/around October 2014 and April 2015.
Speak out and shape your future
The Equality Commission would like your views on the gaps between public policy and programmes in Northern Ireland and the requirements of the UNCRPD. Contact our Discrimination Advice Team 028 90 500 600 or tweet to us @EqualityCommNI
Monitoring the implementation of UNCRPD is ongoing. We have carried out research into gaps in public policy and programme delivery in NI relative to the key requirements of the UNCRPD. Read more
In December 2013 the NIHRC and ECNI hosted a workshop for disabled people and representative organizations to provide best practice examples on how to best influence and directly engage with the UN Committee to advance disability issues.
The event was facilitated by Marianne Schulze, Chairperson of the Austrian Independent Monitoring Committee and author of an international handbook on the human rights of persons with disabilities, entitled ‘Understanding the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’. Austria has recently gone through the UN examination process and Ms Shulze was able to share lessons and best practice from their experience.
Platform Event Photo Gallery Dec 2010
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