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Article 35 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires that all signatory states submit reports (state party reports) on CRPD implementation in their country. Along with other information, these reports must include a description of measures the States parties have taken to implement the Convention. All United Nations human rights conventions provide for this medium of the State party reports, and for review of these reports by the relevant UN human rights treaty body.

The "simplified reporting procedure" which was established to make the review more efficient has four steps:

  1. Provision by the treaty body of a List of Issues Prior to reporting
  2. Submission of the State party report by the State under review on the basis of the List of Issues prior to reporting
  3. Consideration by the treaty body within the framework of a "constructive dialogue" with the State under review
  4. Publication of the Concluding Observations

Article 35 para. 1 of the UN CRPD requires every signatory state to submit an initial report within two years after the Convention enters into force in that state. Germany did this in its first State party report (Word, 403 KB) in 2011. After publication of the list of issues prior to reporting, the Committee asked Germany to present its combined second and third State party report by 1 October 2019. The "constructive dialogue" is expected to take place in spring or autumn 2020. However, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the treaty body for the UN CRPD) is entitled to request another report at any time, independently of the periodic reporting cycle (also Article 35 para. 2 of the UN CRPD).

The Committee had issued reporting guidelines advising (Word, 296 KB) states on the form and content of their reports in 2009. In the meantime the Committee has reviewed its reporting guidelines and published an updated version on 17 November 2016 which also takes account of the simplified review procedure:

Guidelines on periodic reporting to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including under the simplified reporting procedure

At its 20th meeting the Committee published the list of issues prior to reporting (Word, 52 KB) on Germany. This meeting, which was not open to the public, took place on Friday 21 September 2018, in the Palace of Nations in Geneva.

Participation of persons with disabilities

The Committee relies on information from various players in reviewing the implementation of the CRPD in a State party. In addition to the report of the State party undergoing review, the Committee also makes use of documents submitted by National Human Rights Institutions, independent monitoring mechanisms in accordance with Article 33(2), organisations of persons with disabilities, among other things.

The reports from persons with disabilities are of special importance because they know best from their own experience how well the Convention is being implemented and what aspects the Committee should pay special attention to.

Organisations of persons with disabilities (DPO) and civil society organisations (CSO) can participate both through written reports (parallel, alternative or shadow reports and contributions to the list of issues) as well as orally during negotiations in Geneva. In the simplified reporting procedure for Germany several organisations compiled a contribution the list of issues and explained it in more depth in Geneva.

Once Germany has submitted its State report in October 2019, DPO and CSO are invited to submit their own parallel reports on the implementation of the CRPD in Germany. When compiling the contribution, the updated reporting guidelines mentioned above should be followed.

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