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Decisions of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concerning individual complaints from Germany

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View of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted on 04 April 2014 in the case Liliane Gröninger et al. vs. Germany (PDF, 137 KB, not barrier-free)


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Studies by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights relating to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Thematic Study 2016: Equality and Non-Discrimination:
Equality and non-discrimination under article 5 of the convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (PDF, 283 KB, not barrier-free)

Thematic Study 2015: Rights of Persons with Disabilities in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies:
Thematic study on the rights of persons with disabilities under article 11 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies (PDF, 345 KB, not barrier-free)

Thematic Study 2014: Right to live independently and be included in the community:
Thematic study on the right of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community (PDF, 229 KB, not barrier-free)

Thematic study on the right of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community (Word, 165 KB, not barrier-free)

Thematic Study 2013: Right to education:
Thematic study on the right of persons with disabilities to education (PDF, 357 KB, not barrier-free)

Thematic study on the right of persons with disabilities to education (Word, 264 KB, not-barrier-free)

Thematic Study 2012:
Thematic study on the work and employment of persons with disabilities (PDF, 498 KB, not barrier-free)

Thematic study on the work and employment of persons with disabilities (Word, 154 KB, not barrier-free)

Thematic Study 2011:
Thematic study by the Office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights on participation in political
and public life by persons with disabilities* (PDF, 535 KB, not barrier-free)

Study 2010: Implementation of Article 32 (International cooperation):
Thematic study by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the role of international cooperation in support of national efforts for the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities (PDF, 120 KB, not barrier-free)

Study 2009: Implementation of Article 33 (National implementation and monitoring):
Thematic study by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the structure and role of national mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PDF, 106 KB, not barrier-free)

Study 2009: Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
Thematic Study by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on enhancing awareness and understanding of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PDF, 99 KB, not barrier-free)


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Reports by various UN special rapporteurs relating to disability

2013: Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez:
Abuse in health-care setting (PDF, 649 KB, not barrier-free)

2008: Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Manfred Nowak: Protection of Persons with disabilities from torture:
Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
or punishment (PDF, 118 KB, not barrier-free)

2007: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Vernor Muñoz:
The right to education of persons with disabilities (PDF, 104 KB, nicht barrierefrei)

2005: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of health, Paul Hunt:
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Paul Hunt (PDF, 123 KB, not barrier-free)


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Important "General Comments" by UN treaty bodies relating to disability

2009: UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR):
General Comment No. 20 - Non-Discrimination in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (art. 2, para. 2) (Word, 119 KB, not barrier-free)

2007: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC):
General Comment No. 9 (2006) The rights of children with disabilities (PDF, 104 KB, not barrier-free)

1991: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW): CEDAW:
CEDAW: General Recommendation No. 18 (tenth session, 1991)
Disabled women (PDF, 19 KB, not barrier-free)


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