Targeted at parliamentarians around the world, this manual explains the rationale and objectives of the CRPD and how parliamentarians can translate the treaty into action. Publication of the International Parliamentarian Union and UN. The handbook is available on-line in html format.
On sexuality-related rights, Marta Schaaf, in her article entitled Negotiating Sexuality in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, give us a critical account on the dynamics of power and discourse related to disabled sexuality, pointing out the remaining silence on the matter even after the adoption of the Convention.
The first ever World Report on disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives.
This manual can guide users in implementing the CRPD with people who have used or survived psychiatry. It highlights aspects of the CRPD that are particularly relevant to users and survivors of psychiatry. These include the areas of legal capacity; liberty; right to live in the community; freedom from forced psychiatric interventions; and the right to participate in enforcing the CRPD. The World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP) released this manual in February 2008.
Watch a three-minute video (with subtitles in English) of an interview with Khandaker Jahurul Alam, the Executive Director of the Centre for Services and Information on Disability (CSID) in Bangladesh. Discusses how the impact of disability is compounded by poverty and isolation, and what needs to happen to fully implement the CRPD.
This toolkit can be used by DPOs to understand the CRPD and plan a campaign to ratify the CRPD in their country. The first section includes both an abbreviated version of the CRPD and a more comprehensive “plain language” version. Later sections include tools such as sample letters and publicity materials that can be used in ratification campaigns or in attracting the attention of the media. Released by the Landmine Survivors Network in 2006; 71 pages.
Explains how to write shadow reports that monitor and document the human rights situation in your country. This guide is focused on monitoring the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). However, it could perhaps be adapted by DPOs for use in producing their own shadow reports in monitoring implementation of the CRPD. Available in English in either Word or PDF format (75 KB), or in Spanish in html format on-line.
Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities: its implementation and relevance for the World Bank
Written for World Bank staff to assist them in understanding the relevance of the CRPD to their work and how they can support implementation. Useful for people who work in the field of disability and development generally, but particularly for people focused on reforming laws and legislation. Released by the World Bank in June 2007; 55 pages.
Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is critical to monitoring the implementation of the CRPD. All countries that have ratified the treaty must submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights protected in the CRPD are being implemented in their countries. Under the Optional Protocol to the CRPD, the Committee also may investigate individual complaints about violations of human rights under the CRPD.
Note that this is one of 2 different documents with the same title. This 2-page handout summariz es why legal capacity is important and how to achieve it. May be helpful in understanding how to implement Article 12 of the CRPD on Equal recognition before the law. By the International Disability Caucus.
Note that this is one of two different documents with the same title. Provides an overview of how the terms “recognition everywhere as a person before the law” and “legal capacity” are used in human rights law treaties that existed before the CRPD, and in selected domestic legal system. Assesses the relationship between these two terms and other terms, such as “legal personality,” “juridical capacity,” and “capacity to act.” May be helpful in understanding and interpreting Article 12 of the CRPD on Equal recognition before the law. Produced in early 2005; 21 pages.
At this web page, you can download past issues of a newsletter from the Secretariat of the African Decade on Persons with Disabilities. Past issues have shared information about the living conditions and the status of human rights for people with disabilities throughout Africa. Some articles have also discussed the CRPD within the African context.
This electronic newsletter is disseminated by the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities. Download archived issues going back to 2006 at the link or subscribe to receive future issues.
Explains the key human rights protected in the CRPD in clear, easy-to-read language. It is especially meant for people with intellectual disabilities, their organizations, and their advocates—including self-advocates. But it can be used by anyone who simply wants an easy-to-understand version of the CRPD. Also suggests activities that groups can do together to help them understand each of the concepts presented in the handbook. Published in 2008 by the Harvard Project on Disability; 28 pages.
Handicap International has developed this collection of materials in English and French that can be used to help educate people about basic concepts of disability; human rights; the content of the CRPD; the process of implementing and monitoring the CRPD; and how civil society can become involved. Includes power point programs with suggested comments to accompany the presentation and suggested teaching points. Each unit also points readers to additional useful resources available elsewhere on the web.
At the link, find a resource library of documents and publications on the CRPD including training resources, links to more sources of information, and links that can help you learn more about people with disabilities, human rights, and legislation.