The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the body of 18 independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention by the States Parties. 

 

The members of the Committee serve in their individual capacity, not as government representatives. They are elected from a list of persons nominated by the States at the Conference of the State Parties for a four year term with a possibility of being re-elected once (cf. Article 34 of the Convention).

All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially within two years of accepting the Convention and thereafter every four years. The Committee examines each report and shall make such suggestions and general recommendations on the report as it may consider appropriate and shall forward these to the State Party concerned.

The Optional Protocol to the Convention gives the Committee competence to examine individual complaints with regard to alleged violations of the Convention by States parties to the Protocol.

The Committee shall meet in Geneva and normally hold two sessions per year.

How does CRPD work?

All States parties have to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights enshrined in the Convention are being implemented. States must report initially within two years of ratifying the Convention and, thereafter, every four years. The Committee examines each report and makes suggestions and general recommendations on the report. It forwards these recommendations, in the form of concluding observations, to the State Party concerned.

The Committee normally meets in Geneva and holds two sessions per year.                     

What is the Optional Protocol to the Convention?

The Optional Protocol (GA resolution A/RES/61/106) which entered into force at the same time as the Convention, establishes two additional mandates for the Committee:

  1. The receipt and examination of individual complaints (please refer to the "Petitions" section on the right-hand side of the CRPD webpage).

  2. The undertaking of inquiries in the case of reliable evidence of grave and systematic violations of the Convention

Elected Members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 

Following list of Names, Nationality and date of terms of mandate expires

 

Name

Nationality

Term expires

Mr. Mohammed AL-TARAWNEH

Jordan

31.12.2016

Mr. Danlami Umaru BASHARU

Nigeria

31.12.2018

Mr. Munthian BUNTAN

Thailand

31.12.2016

Ms. Maria Soledad CISTERNAS REYES (Chairperson)

Chile

31.12.2016

Ms. Theresia DEGENER (Vice Chairperson)

Germany

31.12.2018

Mr. Hyung Shik KIM

Republic of Korea

31.12.2018

Mr. Stig LANGVAD

Denmark

31.12.2018

Mr. Lászlo Gábor LOVASZY

Hungary

31.12.2016

Ms. Diane KINGSTON (former MULLIGAN) (Vice Chairperson)

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

31.12.2016

Mr. Martin Babu MWESIGWA (Rapporteur)

Uganda

31.12.2016

Mr. Carlos Alberto PARRA DUSSAN

Colombia

31.12.2018

Ms. Safak PAVEY

Turkey

31.12.2016

Ms. Ana PELAEZ NARVAEZ

Spain

31.12.2016

Mr. Coomaravel PYANEANDEE

Mauritius

31.12.2018

Ms. Silvia Judith QUAN-CHANG (Vice Chairperson)

Guatemala

31.12.2016

Mr. Jonas RUSKUS

Lithuania

31.12.2018

Mr. Damjan TATIC

Serbia

31.12.2018

Mr. Liang YOU

People's Republic of China

31.12.2018

Table of CRPD 2016 Elections Results

Names of candidates + CV

Nationality

Results

Term

Mr. Ahmad ALSAIF(Word)

Saudi Arabia

Elected 4-year term

Jan 2017-Dec 2020

Mr. Monthian BUNTAN (Word)

Thailand

Re-Elected 4-year term

Jan 2017-Dec 2020

Mr. Imed Eddine CHAKER 
F | E (Word)

Tunisia

Elected 4-year term

Jan 2017-Dec 2020

Mr. Jun ISHIKAWA(Word)

Japan

Elected 4-year term

Jan 2017-Dec 2020

Mr. Samuel Njuguna KABUE (Word)

Kenya

Elected 4-year term

Jan 2017-Dec 2020

Mr. Laszlo Gabor LOVASZY (Word)

Hungary

Re-Elected 4-year term

Jan 2017-Dec 2020

Mr. Robert George MARTIN (Word)

New Zealand

Elected 4-year term

Jan 2017-Dec 2020

Mr. Martin Babu MWESIGWA (Word)

Uganda

Re-Elected 4-year term

Jan 2017-Dec 2020

Mr. Valery Nikitich RUKHLEDEV
E | R (Word)

Russian Federation

Elected 4-year term

Jan 2017-Dec 2020

Source: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/Elections2016.aspx

Reporting to the Committee

Simplified reporting procedure

In September 2013, during its 10th session, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted a simplified reporting procedure, for periodic reports which are due in 2014 and beyond. According to this procedure, the Committee prepares and adopts lists of issues to be transmitted to States parties, the replies of the State party to this list of issues are deemed to constitute the State party’s report. This procedure aims to facilitate the States parties reporting process; strengthen the States parties capacity to fulfil their obligations in a timely and effective manner; provide the Committee with more targeted periodic reports; improve the effectiveness of the treaty monitoring system by reducing the need to request supplementary information before considering a report; and to allow the Committee to plan in advance its work.

See documentation about the simplified reporting procedure

How to direct complaints to Treaty Bodies

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CRPD/C/5/2/REV.1&Lang=en

Source: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/QuestionsAnswers.aspx