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OHCHR organises a workshop on human rights indicators for the CRPD

Validation Meeting Bridging the Gap I Feb 2019

On 25 and 26 February, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized and led at Geneva (Switzerland) a consultation meeting related to the first component of Bridging the Gap project. This component, led by OHCHR aims to develop tools to ensure Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) implementation 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. 

Participation in political and public life, freedom of expression and opinion and access to information, living independently and being included in the community, equality and non-discrimination, liberty and security of the person, statistics and data collection, and national implementation and monitoring were the discussions and 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.