At the beginning of March 2017 the German Institute for Human Rights intensified its efforts to track and monitor the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in North Rhine-Westphalia. The Land of North Rhine-Westphalia and the German Institute for Human Rights have signed an agreement to this end for an indefinite period of time in accordance with Article 11 of the Act on the Principles of Inclusion of North Rhine-Westphalia (Inklusionsgrundsätzegesetz NRW (IGG NRW)).
The tasks of the National CRPD Monitoring Mechanism of the Institute include, for example, advising the regional government on legislative procedures which affect persons with disabilities. The Monitoring Mechanism also advises authorities and committees who organise the inclusion of persons with disabilities at various levels, including local head organisations and regional authorities, the State commissioner for matters relating to persons with disabilities, and the Advisory Committee on Inclusion.
In 2016 North Rhine-Westphalia was the first federal state to create a comprehensive legal framework for the implementation of the CRPD in regional legislation. With the Act on the Principles of Inclusion of North Rhine-Westphalia (IGG NRW), the Land is enshrining principles which "promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity" (Article 1).
News: Disability rights organisations from North Rhine-Westphalia call on politicians to show more commitment in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (27.04.2018, in German only)