Guidelines on the participation of national human rights institutions and national independent monitoring mechanisms appointed under article 33.2 of the Convention in the work of the Committee​ 



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 Guidelines.doc

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 ​FINAL Submission GANHRI CLEAN.pdf FINAL Submission GANHRI CLEAN.doc

Introduction and background

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.

P1012338.JPGThe 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:

  • the 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;
  • participation of NHRIs and IMMs in the proceedings of the Committee; and
  • the Committee’s support to monitoring activities at the national level.


The Survey

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.

The 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 and IMMs.  
  • 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 Convention.

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 Status NHRIs. 

The REPORT of the SURVEY is available FINAL Report - Survey Consultation process CRPD Guidelines.pdfFINAL Report - Survey Consultation process CRPD Guidelines.docxhere.

Moving 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 2016.
  • 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.