Brussels, 30 March 2015 | This Thursday 2 April, the disability movement will be at Geneva to meet the UN Committee and discuss its concerns on how the EU implements the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).
The EU has ratified the UN Convention in 2010 making it the 1st international human rights treaty that has ever been ratified by a regional organisation. By ratifying the UN Convention, the EU has agreed to take important steps for equal rights and full inclusion of persons with disabilities in all areas of life. Find more about what the UN Convention foresees at the UN website
Last year, the EU had to submit a report to the UN Committee to explain what actions it has taken in favor of its 80 million citizens with disabilities. On 2 April 2015, the UN Committee in Geneva will examine for the first time the report by the EU. Find more about the EU review process on our website
To give the view of citizens with disabilities and cover gaps that the EU report has, EDF prepared the EDF Alternative Report on the implementation of the UN Convention by the EU, based on the expertise of its members all around Europe, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.
Throughout the EU review process, EDF will be in Geneva and follow the dialogue between the EU and the UN Committee closely. On 2 April, EDF will also meet the UN Committee. In this meeting, EDF will defend its Alternative Report and express to the UN Committee its main concerns on the implementation of the Convention by the EU.
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· Catherine Naughton | EDF director | email@example.com
· An-Sofie Leenknecht | EDF human rights officer | firstname.lastname@example.org