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The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities closes its 15th session (29 March- 21 April 2016)

During the session, the Committee held interactive dialogues with Portugal, Thailand, Chile, Slovakia, Serbia, Lithuania and Uganda, as well as adopted lists of issues on Guatemala and Bolivia.

It also held a day of general discussion on Article 19- the right to live independently and be included in the community on 19 April. The programme of the day of general discussion is available here and written contributions can be found at the Committee’s day of general discussion webpage.

The day of general discussion was preceded by a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Convention during which the campaign for universal ratification of the CRPD was launched.

Together with the Permanent missions of Germany and Israel, IDA hosted a side event on the day of general discussion on Persons with disabilities living independently and being fully included in society through the use of innovation and technology

This 15th session immediately followed the CRPD Committee’s 5th pre-session which took place from 21-24 March 2016 during which it adopted the list of issues on Ethiopia, Moldova, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Colombia.

At its formal closing, the Committee made the following announcements:

• It adopted decisions on 2 communications under its Optional Protocol (OP)

• It adopted note on all the communications received in interim period between 14-15th session

• It adopted follow up report on those decisions adopted under OP

• It considered matters pertaining to an inquiry procedure under Articles 7 & 8 of OP

• It decided to set up a second inquiry procedure

• It adopted the report of 15th session

• The 16th session will be held from 15 August- 2 September 2016 during which it will adopt the list of issues on Canada and review Bolivia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Italy, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay whose rapporteurs are as follows:

o Bolivia- Silvia Quan

o Colombia- Silvia Quan

o Ethiopia- Martin Babu Mwesigua

o Guatemala- Ana Pelaez

o Italy- Diane Kingston

o UAE- Mohamed Al-Tarawneh

o Uruguay- Carlos Parra Dusan

• The 6th pre-session will take place from 5-9 September 2016 during which it will adopt lists of issues on Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Honduras, Iran and Jordan

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Source: The International Disability Alliance
When: 27/4/2016

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