Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability - CRPD

Overview:

The Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) is committed to rendering Maltese society an inclusive one, in a way that persons with disability reach their full potential in all aspects of life, enjoying a high quality of life thanks to equal opportunities. In fulfilling this mission, CRPD works in order to eliminate any form of direct or indirect social discrimination against persons with disability and their families while providing them with the necessary assistance and support.

Brief history

The Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability, previously known as the National Commission Persons with Disability, was founded on the 3rd of November 1987, when the then Minister of Social Policy, the Hon. Dr Louis Galea, had made a parliamentary statement announcing that he had appointed the first KNPD members.

On the 10th of February 2000, KNPD was officially founded, this time in accordance with Act No. 1 of the year 2000, the Equal Opportunities (Persons with Disability) Act.

KNPD has a wide variety of roles which are described in detail in the Act.

The law empowers KNPD to investigate complaints it receives about breach of rights arising from discrimination, the enforcement of such rights as well as to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability and to monitor Guardianship Orders.

Amendments to the Equal Opportunities Act (Bill 115) have been proposed in the year 2015 and the bill has been enacted in 2016. These amendments will continue to strengthen the Equal Opportunities (Persons with Disability) Act and are available on the following link:

Bill 115 -Equal Opportunities (Persons with Disabilities) (Amendment No 2) Bill –http://www.parlament.mt/billdetails?bid=539&legcat=13

With these new amendments, the new name of the Commission has been changed to the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD).

Mandate Type

Combined tribunal-type and promotion-type

Litigation power:

  • Representing in front of courts
  • Bringing proceedings in own name

Activities

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups ( e.g. through trainings )
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)
Recommendations on discrimination issues
Publications and reports
Research projects (including surveys)

Our institution has a mandate to deal with:

  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Equal Opportunities (Persons with Disability) Act 2000

Other statistics:

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)244259274341351327424
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media

Management

  • Collegiate headed equality body (led by a distinct board/commission)

Management details

The Commissioner leads the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) and is appointed by the Prime Minister. The Council for the Rights of Persons with Disability of the commission is composed of not less than 14 members. This includes 9 members representing voluntary organisations, 1 member from the University of Malta, 1 member representing service providers, 1 member representing residential homes for disabled people. There is also 1 member appointed by the Government and 1 member representing the Opposition party.

Additional details

CRPD forms part of the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

Members of the Council are appointed by the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity. At least one half of the members shall be persons with disability or family members of persons with disability who cannot represent themselves. The Commissioner, who shall also be a disabled person, is appointed by the Prime Minister.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
3334444

Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body

Grounds / Fields Employment Education Housing Social Protection & Healthcare Goods and Services Other
Gender
Gender Identity
Race and Ethnic Origin
Age
Disability
Sexual Orientation
Religion & Belief

Mandate covers:

  • Public sector
  • Private sector

Operating budget in euros

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
652000713000780000800000800000920000976000

Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions)

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
500000563000630000650000650000770000820000

We are accountable to

  • National Ministry