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Advancing the UN CRPD

ARCH continues its work in advancing the rights framework set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) through law reform, public legal education and litigation.

Submission of Canadian Civil Society Organizations to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On the List of Issues Prior to Reporting [Canada] to be adopted during the 22nd Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

July 26, 2019

ARCH and numerous disability organizations and groups prepared a submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“Committee”) on July 26, 2019.  The submission provides the Committee with a range of issues regarding each article in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“CRPD”) as it prepares a List of Issues Prior To Reporting (“list of issues”) which will be the questions that Canada will have to respond in its second review of CRPD implementation.

Available in PDF and RTF formats.

Disponible en français sous les formats PDF et RTF.

Access Awareness 2017 – The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The View from Canada

June 6, 2017

The 2017 Access Awareness event theme was on the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ first review of Canada. The UN Committee heard not only from representatives of the Canadian government, but also from delegates representing a number of disability rights organizations in Canada. Several members of that delegation participated in our Access Awareness panel discussion.  The panelists discussed the UN Committee’s process and how the Committee’s Concluding Observations can be used to advance disability rights in Canada. The event was well attended, with 140 participants registered to attend in person and over 400 via webcast.

To watch the webcast, go to www.archdisabilitylaw.ca/get-involved/events/access-awaress

You can read about this event in our ARCH Alert, Volume 18, Issue 2.

Canadian Civil Society Parallel Report Group Submission to UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

March 20, 2017

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international human rights law which protects and promotes the rights of persons with disabilities. Canada ratified the CRPD in 2010.

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a group of independent experts who monitor the implementation of the CRPD. The Committee reviewed Canada’s implementation of the CRPD in early April 2017.

To read the reports that were submitted to the Committee, including Canada’s report and the reports of disability organizations, go to: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1141&Lang=en

The report posted here was written by the Canadian Civil Society Parallel Report Group, an ad hoc group of 16 disabled peoples organizations and supporters, including ARCH, representing a cross-section of Canadians with disabilities, including persons with mobility disabilities, persons who are culturally Deaf, deaf and hard of hearing, persons with vision disabilities, persons labelled with psycho-social and/or developmental disabilities, persons with dementia, women with disabilities, children with disabilities and Indigenous persons with disabilities.

Available in PDF and RTF formats.

Disponible en français sous les formats PDF et RTF.

ARCH’s Submission on the Government of Canada’s Accession to the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

March 15, 2017

The Optional Protocol (OP) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) provides two procedures by which the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities can oversee implementation of Convention rights: a complaints procedure for individuals on violations of their CRPD rights by Canada, and an inquiry procedure for investigating serious or widespread violations. Following a review of Committee decisions, ARCH supports Canada’s accession to the Optional Protocol.

In this submission, ARCH Disability Law Centre provides comments in response to the Government of Canada’s public consultation on Canada’s accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Available in PDF and RTF.

Discussion Paper on Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

February 08, 2017

This paper addresses an important legal issue ARCH recommended the Government to address as it developed the proposed federal accessibility legislation: the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its relationship with the planned federal accessibility legislation.

In this paper ARCH provides a legal analysis of the role that the Convention has played in Canadian jurisprudence until 2016 and makes recommendations for strengthening the relationship between the Convention and the proposed federal accessibility legislation.

ARCH’s Discussion Paper on Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was presented to government in its consultation process as it developed the new accessibility legislation in 2016.

This resource is also part of ARCH’s Advocating for an Accessible Canada initiative. For more information about this initiative, go to: www.archdisabilitylaw.ca/initiatives/advocating-for-accessibility-in-canada

Available in PDF and RTF.



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