The Committee on Rights of Persons With Disabilities adopted at its 16th session the Guidelines on independent monitoring mechanisms and their participation in the work of the Committee
Please also find attached the GANHRI submission to the CRPD on its Draft Guidelines on the establishment of Independent Monitoring Frameworks and their participation in the work of the Committee
At the invitation of the
Committee on the Rights of Persons with disabilities (Committee), the
International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion
and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) on 4 April 2014 formally met with
Committee members to discuss ways and opportunities for strengthening the cooperation between national human right institutions
(NHRIs) and the Committee.
In the statement
presented to the Committee, the ICC offered initial suggestions and recommended
the development by the Committee of guidelines for the participation of NHRIs
in the Committee's work in close consultation with NHRIs.
In implementing this
recommendation, the Committee in partnership with the ICC and the Office of the
High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) hosted a meeting in Septemebr 2014 between the
Committee, NHRIs, independent monitoring mechanisms designated under article 33.2 (IMMS) of the Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities (Convention) and organisations of
persons with disabilities (DPOs) to exchange views.
The meeting, which
brought together 100 participants from NHRIs, IMMs and DPOs from all regions,
concluded with a final Outcome document and concrete proposals towards the development of
guidelines with a focus on:
scope of article 33.2 of the Convention,
including the formal appointment of a monitoring framework and the compliance
of the Monitoring framework with the Paris Principles;
of NHRIs and IMMs in the proceedings of the
Committee’s support to monitoring activities at the national level.
In July-August 2015,
the Committee Secretariat in cooperation with the ICC conducted a survey and
invited all NHRIs and national monitoring mechanisms for comments on the I)
development of guidelines; and ii) a mapping exercise.
questionnaire was structured in two parts:
- In Part I, NHRIs were consulted about: a proposed consultation process, a proposed timeline and a proposed content of the Guidelines. The aim of this first section was to
ensure that the drafting process of the Guidelines met the expectation of NHRIs
- In Part II, additional information on the engagement of
NHRIs with the Committee and national monitoring activities of the Convention,
was requested in order to have an overview of the current NHRIs’ engagement
with the Committee and the implementation of the articles 33.2 and 37.2 of the
The survey was
sent by the ICC to all NHRIs. A total of 15 responses were received from
NHRIs across all regions, including two responses from B
The REPORT of the SURVEY is available here.
forward: implementing the results of the survey
Informed by the results of the
survey, the Committee and the ICC agreed on the following drafting and
consultation process for the Guidelines:
- The first draft will be considered and endorsed
by the Committee during the Committee's forthcoming 15th Session,
which will be held in Geneva from 29 March to 21 April 2016.
- A lunch briefing
for representatives of NHRIs, IMMs and CSOs, who plan to attend the 15th
Session, will be held as part of the consultation process. The exact date and
time will be communicated by the Committee Secretariat at an early stage.
- After the Committee’s endorsement of the first draft of the guidelines, the
draft will be shared with NHRIs for consultation round between mid -April to mid-June
- A further consultative meeting with representatives of NHRIs for validation of the Guidelines will be considered.
- A report of the consultation exercise will be published prior to the 16th Session of the Committee (15 August- 2 Sept. 2016).
- The formal adoption of the guidelines will take place during the
Committee's 16th session (15 August- 2 Sept. 2016).
Photo: Meeting between the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and NHRIs, 25 September 2014.