UN special rapporteur to introduce Irish disability rights report

The UN s special rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities will today release a brand-new report by NUI Galway’s center for impairment law and policy.


The report, Article 33: Establishing a Monitoring Framework for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, was commissioned by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) and will be introduced by UN rapporteur Catalina Devandas Aguilar at IHREC s invite.

Under post 33 of the Convention, an independent tracking structure must be established to scrutinize each ratifying state’s development in executing their obligations to secure, respect and support the human rights of persons with disabilities.

The report s essential recommendation is that individuals with impairments and their organizations be involved in all aspects of the tracking procedure.

It also advises IHREC be jointly designated as the independent monitoring system with an advisory committee composed of a diverse group of persons with lived experience of impairment.

x6Chief Commissioner Emily Logan said: The goal to realize the dedications set out in the former Government’s Roadmap to Ratification by year end is attainable provided there is political will. There is now an opportunity for cooperation throughout the Houses of the Oireachtas to enact legislation that would show the values of rights and equality publicly invoked in this year of State ceremonies.

The Convention puts the complete and direct participation of people with disabilities at the center of keeping track of process. It represents a step alter away from the paternalistic, charitable and medical models to an emancipatory approach based upon self-reliance, dignity and self-advocacy.

She continued: The Convention recognizes people with impairments as active participants in their own decisions, and equal partners in State action on impairment.

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