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Update 16 August 2017


Disability activists from Northern Ireland will join other activists from across the UK in Geneva in August, presenting evidence of ongoing human rights violations to the UN Committee on the Rights of Disabled People.  


Four people from NI will be taking part in a closed session with the Committee on Monday 21st August to highlight how the rights of disabled people here are not being upheld and are often violated. 


If you want to find out more about the whole process of the CRPD then our lovely friends at Disability Wales have produced a fantastic guide.


This is the final part of this examination process and the Committee will then produce what are called Concluding Observations. We will update this section again after this has happened.


You can follow what is happening on social media - we will be posting regular updates on facebook and twitter. We will also write a blog on our return to update you on how things have gone.


The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Consortium will be live streaming the State examination on Wednesday 23 August (2pm - 5pm) and Thursday 24 August (9am - 12pm). You can also watch the livestream from anywhere on the following link. The livestream is captioned and signed. If you use social media please use the #crpdni and #crpd17 to get in touch.


Live Stream of the UK's Session on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please note the sessions take place in two seperate venues. Wednesday 23 August 2pm yo 5pm, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, 39 North Street, Belfast. Thursday 24th August 9am 10 12 noon, Human Rights Consortium, Community House, 6A Albert Street, Belfast. To attend please RSVP to

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Update August 2017

UNCRPD - Preparation for Geneva 

Further report on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in Northern Ireland. 

Following on from our update last month we have now had sight of the UK State's response to the List of Issues. This can be found here:

We have submitted a Northern Ireland response to this document, updating the draft document we had previously submitted. We have also worked with colleagues across the UK to produce a single UK wide response to the State's response. 

We will be attending the session in Geneva later this month. Karen Hall and Patrick Malone from Disability Action, along with Tony O'Reilly from the North West Forum of People with Disabilities and June Best, the Northern Ireland representative to the UK wide Office of Disability Issues will be representing disabled people in Northern Ireland and will be making strong arguments on your behalf. ~

We will have the opportunity to meet with members of the United Nations Committee on the Convention and will suggest questions they could ask the UK State about the treatment of disabled people in Northern Ireland. If anyone wants to suggest a question to be asked of the UK State, or wish for any more information on any aspect of this please contact Patrick Malone on 02890 297880 or at  you can also get involved on social media using the hashtag #crpdni. 

The UK state Examination will be Broadcast online and the Human Rights Commission will also be streaming it from their offices so people can come and watch together.  We’ll send you further information on this nearer to the time.

Report on the Implementation of the UNCRPD in Northern Ireland

Update March 2017

Further report on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in Northern Ireland.

Following on from our previous update on the UNCRPD in December 2015, we have now submitted an updated report to the UN on how the UNCRPD is being implemented and adhered to in Northern Ireland. A copy of our report can be found here.

There will be an evidence gathering session by the UN in Geneva on 13 March which will look at the issues which are currently outstanding in respect of the implementation and compliance by the UK as a whole to the UNCRPD. The Committee will then produce a list of issues to raise with the UK , and which the UK must respond to before the examination in the summer.

As a constituent part of the UK, the Northern Ireland Executive has to adhere to and implement the UNCRPD.

Four people from NI will be attending the session in Geneva and we will ensure that a strong voice argues on behalf of the rights of disabled people. We are also working with our colleagues from organisations from across the UK. We will provide a further update upon our return but you can also follow our visit on social media.

Should anyone wish for more information on any of this, please contact Patrick Malone on 02890 297880 or at

Update December 2015

Over the last number of years we have been developing a report on the implementation of the UNCRPD in Northern Ireland.  We started the process in 2014 as the examination of the UK State report by the Committee was due to take place later that year.  Unfortunately this has been delayed and the Committee is not likely to examine the UK until 2017. 

This report is in draft format.  We have decided to publish the report in December 2015 as a draft so that people can make use of the report now.  The report will need updated again nearer the time by disabled people and their organisations.

There is a main report which looks at each of the articles under the UN Convention and aSummary Report which highlights the main priorities set out by disabled people.

How Information was gathered

The information for this report was compiled through engaging with over 400 people with disabilities, including our member organisations and other representative groups, through;

  • A conference in 2014
  • An accessible questionnaire
  • A general call for information
  • Wide ranging discussions with people with disabilities in Northern Ireland.

Desktop research was carried out into relevant programmes and policies in Northern Ireland and reference made to previous research.

Priority Areas

The priority areas (which are inter-related) are:

1.   Article 8:   Awareness Raising
2.   Article 9:  Accessibility
3.   Article 19: Independent Living & being included in the community.
4.   Article 21: Freedom of Expression and opinion and access to information.
5.   Article 29: Participation in Public and Political Life
6.   Article 31: Statistics and Data Collection

There were also concerns around the monitoring and reporting process (Article 33).

Next Steps

The summary and full draft report will need to be updated again before the UK Examination.  This is not likely to be until 2017. 

Due to limited resources it is not our intention to update the report until the date of the UK examination is confirmed.  However, we would like to make the report available to others so that when evidence is available to be used, for example, to inform policy or practice.

We are currently examining ways in which we can do this. 

Thank You

We would like to thank all of the people who have participated in the development of this report.  In particular we would like to thank disabled people who attended engagement events and provided evidence and guidance through the process.  The Centre on Human Rights Advisory Group, the REAL Network and Disability Action's Strategic Advisory Group have been a great support in developing the report and providing guidance along the way.

There are a number of organisations who helped with the engagement process and submitted evidence for the report.  We have referenced not just the reports but the comments from individuals which have helped shape the report. 

Read the summary report

Read the full report

Useful Documents

Below are some links to useful documents.

The full UNCRPD Convention be found at

The IMNI 2010 report:

The IMNI 2014 Reprt:

Report on the Implementation of the UNCRPD in Northern Ireland (December 2015)

Report on the Implementation of the UNCRPD in Northern Ireland (March 2017)


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