The Disability Advisory Committee is being brought together by the Commission to support its statutory function of monitoring Ireland’s implementation of the Convention. The twelve-member Committee will be made up of a majority of persons with disabilities.
The CRPD was ratified by Ireland in 2018 more than a decade after being first signed by the State and is now in force. Ireland is expected to produce its first report to the United Nations in Geneva on its implementation of the Convention in 2020.
The recruitment to the Advisory Committee comes alongside new research, published by the Commission and the ESRI entitled “Disability and Discrimination in Ireland” which highlights a substantial discrimination gap between people with and without disabilities.
The findings of the report include:
Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission stated:
Over 13% of Ireland’s population have a disability, that signifies over 643,000 people who are looking to this Convention, and Ireland’s implementation of it, to ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.
Viewing disability from a human rights perspective involves an evolution in thinking and acting by States and all sectors of society so that persons with disabilities are no longer considered to be recipients of charity or objects of others’ decision-making but as active participants in the exercise of their rights. It is about celebrating human diversity.
Co-author of the report, Dr. Joanne Banks of the ESRI stated:
Although there has been a considerable reduction in the prevalence of discrimination among people with disabilities, there remains a substantial ‘discrimination gap’ between those with and those without disabilities. The findings point to the need for greater awareness among policy makers and service providers of discrimination in social settings such as accessing health services.
On 3-4 October 2018, the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) and the European Network of Equality Bodies’ (Equinet) host a training event for equality bodies and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) on the Engagement of the article 33(2) Independent Monitoring Mechanisms (IMMs) with the UNCRPD Committee and Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs).
The aim of the training session is to increase and support strategic capacity of equality bodies and NHRIs to engage with the UNCRPD Committee and DPOs.