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National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism

National Monitoring Mechanism for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism is an independent body which promotes respect of the rights of people with disabilities and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in Germany.
Article 33, paragraph 2 of the UN convention requires its signatory states to establish an independent monitoring body. The German government therefore established the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism at the German Institute for Human Rights in May of 2009.

How does the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism work?

By carrying out scientific studies, regularly meeting with disability advocacy organizations and people with disabilities, visiting care facilities and consulting with experts, the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism generates a broader picture of the situation of people with disabilities in Germany.
It advises politicians at the federal and state level, ministry and agency officials and the courts on issues relating to the UN CRPD. The National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism issues statements and recommendations concerning political, administrative and judicial decisions and – when necessary– issues calls urging for compliance with the UN convention.
It organizes events addressing important issues relating to the UN CRPD and educates the public about the rights of persons with disabilities through press releases and outreach activities.
The National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism also makes information on CRPD issues (LINK) available to interested persons on its website and in the library of the German Institute for Human Rights.

Who does the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism work with?

The National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism works closely with the key federal and state ministries involved in the implementation of the convention and with the federal and state officials responsible for affairs relating to persons with disabilities, as well as with disability advocacy organizations (see also Civil Society Consultations LINK). The National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism also exchanges information on disability-related issues with other European national human rights institutions on a regular basis.
Another of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism's duties is to report on Germany's implementation of the convention to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This Geneva-based committee reviews the implementation of the convention on a regular basis.

No advising on individual cases

The National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism does not investigate specific complaints or provide legal advice in individual cases – it does not fulfil the functions of an ombudsman. To the best of its ability, though, the staff of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism will respond to inquiries by referring people to appropriate advisory services. The Monitory Body currently has a staff of six.

Further information:

  • Brief description of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism (PDF, 53 KB) LINK
  • Frequently asked questions
  • "Monitoring – Indispensable contribution to national implementation of the UN CRPD" Positions No. 1 (PDF, 335 KB, in German only) LINK

Contact:

German Institute for Human Rights
- National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism -
Zimmerstraße 26/27
10969 Berlin

Telephone: 030 25 93 59 - 450 (Cathrin Kameni, executive assistant, National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism)
Fax: 030 25 93 59 - 459
E-mail: un-brk(at)institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de

Directions to the institute and information about accessibility

Directions to the institute
Accessibility at the institute

Contact

Dr. Valentin Aichele, LL.M.
Head of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism
Phone: +49 30 25 93 59 - 450
e-mail: un-brk(at)institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de

Cathrin Kameni
Assistant to the Head of the National Monitoring Mechanism  
Phone: +49 30 25 93 59 - 450
Fax: +49 30 25 93 59 - 459
e-mail: un-brk(at)institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de

Lea Beckmann
Policy Adviser
Phone: 030 25 93 59 - 463
e-mail: beckmann(at)institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de

Dr. Sabine Bernot
Policy Adviser
Phone: 030 259 359 - 448
e-mail: bernot(at)institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de

Portrait Catharina Hübner

Catharina Hübner, LL.M.
Policy Adviser
Phone: 030 25 93 59 - 413
e-mail: huebner(at)institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de

Dr. Susann Kroworsch
Policy Adviser
Phone: 030 259 359 - 444
e-mail: kroworsch(at)institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de

Dr. Britta Leisering
Policy Adviser
Phone: +49 30 25 93 59 - 451
Fax: +49 30 25 93 59 - 459
e-mail: leisering(at)institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de

Portrait

Peter Litschke
Policy Adviser
Phone: +49 30 25 93 59 - 457
e-mail: litschke(at)institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de

Meike Nieß
Policy Adviser
Phone: +49 30 25 93 59 - 442
e-mail: niess(at)institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de

Dr. Leander Palleit
Policy Adviser
Phone: +49 30 25 93 59 - 458
Fax: +49 30 25 93 59 - 459
e-mail: palleit(at)institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de

Dr. Judith Striek
Policy Adviser
Phone: 030 25 93 59 - 468
e-mail: striek(at)institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de