Article on 7th Session of the Committee

May 9, 2012

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The 7th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was held in Geneva, from 16-20 April. The Committee considered the initial report of Peru and adopted lists of issues regarding the initial reports of Argentina, China and Hungary. The Committee also discussed ways to strengthen cooperation with United Nations bodies, specialized agencies, non-governmental organizations, including disabled persons’ organizations. The Committee also reviewed the progress of work of the various working groups established to draft the general comments decided on by the Committee, and endorsed the outcome document of the Dublin II meeting on the strengthening of the treaty bodies and the draft guidelines on the independence and impartiality of members of treaty bodies. The Committee adopted, for the first time, Views on a Complaint Submitted under the Optional Protocol to the Convention. Also, for the first time, the session was webcast live at http://www.treatybodywebcast.org with the support of IDA. The Committee also decided to hold a half day of general discussion on the situation of women and girls with disabilities during its 9th session, in April 2013. More information: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/Session7.aspx