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OHCHR organises its final validation meeting on human rights indicators for the CRPD

Group photo validation meeting OHCHR

On 24 and 25 June, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized and led in Geneva (Switzerland) it’s final consultation meeting related to the first component of Bridging the Gap project. This component, led by OHCHR, aims to develop tools to ensure the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) are guided by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), including human rights indicators on the Convention.

The workshop gathered representatives from the governments’ disability focal points, statistics offices, national human rights institutions and organizations of persons with disabilities from Ethiopia, Paraguay, Moldova, Jordan, and Nepal. Participants were also included from global civil society, counterparts from the second component —Bridging the Gap II— and from the OHCHR office to review draft human rights-based indicators on several provisions of the CRPD.

Access to justice, rehabilitation and habilitation, respect for home and family life, participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport, the right to life, freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and protecting the integrity of the person were the areas reviewed during these days.

The meeting served as a space for a rich exchange of practices and challenges from the different country and regional contexts concerning CRPD standards and implementation, and how human rights indicators can contribute to strengthening operationalization of the CRPD as well as its effective monitoring. The valuable insight from the consultative process will allow further human rights-based indicators’ review and dissemination for continued consultations.

OHCHR has begun the process of releasing its human rights indicators on a rolling basis for public consultations for all CRPD articles. You can find the indicators for the first set of CRPD articles here and provide any feedback by 25 July 2019.