Since the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came into effect in Germany in 2009, a number of measures have been introduced at various state levels in the country. For example, action and policy plans have been implemented and equality laws have been partially reformulated by individual states. The goal of these measures is to offer better protection for the rights of people with disabilities.
The National Monitoring Mechanism for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) observes these developments with an eye to progress at the state and federal levels. At times these developments can appear unclear, as the procedures are complex. Parallel processes often exist; at times they are ongoing in all sixteen German federal states simultaneously.
Human rights assessments must first recognise these developments, observe them over the long term and register them in a systematic manner. This approach is derived from the mandate of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism.
In the menu item "Monitoring", we provide an up-to-date overview of individual themes, currently concerning the following four topic areas: coalition agreements, action and policy plans, equality laws and right to vote. Further topics will be systematically presented in the future. These reports are not comprehensive and contain no human rights assessments, but rather offer slightly simplified descriptions of the topics at issue. Their goal is to provide easy-to-understand summaries of developments at the state and federal levels in Germany, making key background information available to anyone who is interested.
We work hard to update these summaries as and when necessary. We are thankful for any suggestions, criticisms and tips you may have to offer. Please e-mail your comments to: un-brk(at)institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de
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Additional information on the topic of monitoring can be found in our publication Position Paper No. 1: "Monitoring – an Indispensable Contribution to State Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" (in German only, also available in easy German language) (2010)