Persons with disabilities are still often ‘invisible’ in society, either segregated or simply ignored as passive objects of charity. They are denied their rights to be included in the general school system, to be employed, to live independently in the community, to move freely, to vote, to participate in sport and cultural activities, to enjoy social protection, to live in an accessible built and technological environment, to access justice, to enjoy freedom to choose medical treatments and to enter freely into legal commitments such as buying and selling property.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities sets out international human rights standards for all persons with disabilities in the world. (You can check if your country has signed and ratified this convention by going to this website: It views persons with disabilities as having legal rights and protects them from discrimination. It requires States, the private sector and others to take on the responsibility of respecting, protecting and fulfilling those rights. It promotes international cooperation towards development and humanitarian assistance. It requires national and international independent monitoring. The The Optional Protocol on the Rights of People with Disabilities to the Convention provides a means for individuals to complain when their rights are not respected.
Guidelines on Reporting to the CRPD Committee are published to give guidance for State Reports.
Within 2 years of ratifying the CRPD, a country must submit a an Initial Country Report. Civil Society and DPO’s can contribute to this and also submit a parallel or shadow Report.
In 2008, WNUSP published: CRPD Implementation Manual for Users and Survivors of Psychiatry