Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) congratulate Ms. Catalina Devandas on her appointment as Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities by the President of the Human Rights Council on November 6th
Ms. Devandas has worked on disability, development and human rights since early 2000. She is a Costa Rican lawyer born with spina bifida and has been directly involved as an activist with Disabled Persons’ Organizations at national, regional and international levels. She participated in the negotiation process of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Catalina has also worked at the World Bank’s Disability and Inclusive Development team for the Latin American and the Caribbean Region and for the Secretariat for the CRPD, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She has a Master’s in Disability Studies from the University of Costa Rica.
DRPI is impressed by the extensive experience of Ms. Devandas in supporting the implementation of the CRPD, promoting capacity building of DPOs, and overall commitment to human rights and wishes her all the best in promoting the rights of people with disabilities around the world.