The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) is an international human rights treaty adopted in 2006 that reaffirms that all persons with disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

It clarifies that all persons with disabilities have the right to participate in civil, political, economic, social and cultural life of the community.

EU monitoring of the UN CRPD

The UN CRPD provides for the establishment of a national mechanism for independent and transparent monitoring of the country obligations under the Convention which must have a broad mandate to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the rights protected under the Convention. The continuous monitoring by this body of the national human rights situation is an incentive for the government to take seriously the obligations undertaken when ratifying the Convention and show genuine progress in fulfilling them.

The European Union set up the EU monitoring Framework to monitor the UN CRPD. EDF is a full member, together with the European Ombudsman, the European Agency of Fundamental Rights and the European Parliament. The European Commission withdrew itself from the Framework, following the recommendation in the Concluding Observations of the UN CRPD Committee to the EU.

Advocating for the UN CRPD

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How do EDF Members Campaign?

Below you will find the ways in which out member organisations campaign for the implementation of the UN CRPD. The links will open in a new window.

Lists of Issues (LOIs) are issues reported to country governments by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Our members produce their own reports, and/or answers to LOIs.

Autism Europe

The European Blind Union (EBU)

  • Report on Political Participation Rights of Blind and Partially-Sighted People in Europe
  • Report on how to implement the UN CRPD through articles 33 and 35.
  • EBU UNCRPD legislative database provides information on specific legislation relevant to blind and partially sighted people in Europe. It is intended to enable EBU member organisations to record the extent to which their country’s legislation provides the rights contained in the Convention. The database builds upon a set of articles statements developed by EBU that define the needs and characteristics of blind and partially sighted people in relation to the relevant UN CRPD articles. Statements have been prepared for 16 articles.

The European Network of (Ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP)

The European Union of the Deaf (EUD)

  • Publication on the deaf perspective on the UN CRPD implementation in Europe focused on Article 29 concerning ‘Participation in Political and Public Life’ 
  • EUD answers to the list of issues
  • Regular updates of the process in videos with sign language.

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL)

International Disability & Development Consortium (IDDC)

The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF)

Mental Health Europe (MHE)