In 2013 and 2014, the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism supported the Government of the Land of Brandenburg in an advisory capacity in connection with the implementation of its package of disability policy measures.
The ministry of social affairs (MASGF) of the Land of Brandenburg requested the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism to advise it on ways to strengthen civil society participation in the implementation of the measures in the package and on how its internal controlling could be structured more effectively. The Monitoring Mechanism was also requested to examine a selection of individual issues and explain the requirements arising from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) that they involve.
At the core of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism’s mandate was the evaluation of the package of measures itself. This evaluation was to focus on the package's objectives, assess the scope of its impact, and consider its sustainability. Accordingly, the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism first analysed the basic thrust of the package and its key parameters and then examined whether the package was in line with the fundamental principles expressed in the UN CRPD and the fundamental requirements for human rights action plans that follow from them.
The mandate issued to the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism did not encompass a fact-based baseline study or an evaluation of individual measures with respect to their quality from a human rights perspective or with respect to their effect. The Monitoring Mechanism therefore did not examine whether individual measures contained in the package of measures are well-suited to the purpose of achieving in practice the aims defined in the package of measures.
The National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism report published here contains the key results of our work on the package of disability policy measures and its implementation by the Government of the Land of Brandenburg. It includes recommendations for action, which are intended to lend impetus to further human-rights oriented political and social discourse.
Summary:As the basis for action on the part of the Land Government, Brandenburg's package of measures lends important impetus to the Land's efforts to firmly establish its mandate to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the domains of policymaking, administration and civil society. This set of measures has already served as the foundation for useful processes initiated in Brandenburg that have considerably advanced the Land along the path towards CRPD implementation, both objectively and relative to other Länder. Nonetheless, a great deal remains to be done over the short, medium and long term in order for the rights of persons with disabilities to be fully realised in Brandenburg.
Therefore, the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism's report to the Land of Brandenburg contains the recommendation that the Land Government assign even greater political priority to the implementation of the Brandenburg package of measures in its work during the current 6th electoral period. The National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism also recommends substantive changes in the package of measures implementing the individual recommendations contained in the report, in order to ensure that further progress, in terms of both scope and sustainability, towards UN CRPD implementation is achieved in Brandenburg.