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  Wednesday 17 April 2013

Tuesday 16 April 2013
 
The 9th session of the CRPD Committee continued its review of Paraguay in the morning before moving into a closed session to discuss communications or individual complaints made to the CRPD Committee under the Optional Protocol to the CRPD. 
 
The Austrian DPO representatives conducted their side-event during the lunch break for the CRPD Committee on the List of Issues of issues for Austria.
 
Following is a summary of today's meetings from representatives of the Australian CRPD Parallel Report Group, Therese Sands and Damian Griffis at the UN and in other areas of Geneva:
 
“We had a very productive meeting with the Deputy Permanent Representative, Ms Ruth Stone from the Australian Permanent Mission in Geneva. We discussed our respective roles and plans for the review of Australia to be held in September and how we could work collaboratively and transparently to achieve outcomes for people with disability in Australia.
 

Left to Right: Damian Griffis (Australian CRPD Civil Society Parallel Report Group representative), Phil Lynch (Director of International Service for Human Rights), Gayle Rankine (Chair of First Peoples Disability Network) and Therese Sands (Australian CRPD Civil Society Parallel Report Group representative).
Left to Right: Damian Griffis (Australian CRPD Civil Society Parallel Report Group representative), Phil Lynch (Director of International Service for Human Rights), Gayle Rankine (Chair of First Peoples Disability Network) and Therese Sands (Australian CRPD Civil Society Parallel Report Group representative).
We expect to maintain contact and provide information to the Australian Permanent Mission in the lead up to the September review. We also invited the Australian Permanent Mission to the Australian side-event.
 
We met with one of the three Vice-Chairs of the CRPD Committee, Mr Carlos Rios Espinosa from Mexico. He has a strong interest in Indigenous rights and we were able to provide information on a range of issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with disability. We highlighted the indefinite detention in prisons of Aboriginal people with disability without conviction. We also discussed other areas of interest to him such as the practice of involuntary or coerced sterilisation and the health requirement under the Migration Act and its negative impact on people with disability, including refugees. He has asked for some additional information to be emailed to him.
 
Later in the afternoon, we met with Ms Kristen Pratt from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to discuss their plans to highlight issues for indigenous people with disability. We also provided WHO with a copy of Disability Rights Now and discussed the September review of Australia. Kristen provided us with information on their work in mainstreaming disability across WHO and an update on the WHO statement on involuntary or coerced sterilisation.
 
Our final meeting was with Ms Roisin Fegan from the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). At this meeting, Ms Fegan was interested in the work of DPOs in Australia to contribute to the Australian parallel report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. We highlighted the importance of providing issues regarding children with disability in both the CRC parallel report and the CRPD parallel report, emphasising that the CRPD contained a specific article on children with disabilities.” Following these meetings, final preparations were made for the Australian side-event taking place on Wednesday 17 April.
 
The public sessions of the CRPD Committee are being webcast live by IDA at www.treatybodywebcast.org
 
Wednesday 17 April
  • 12-1pm - Half day of general discussion on women and girls with disabilities
  • 1.15-2.45pm - IDA & Disability Rights Fund side event on indigenous women and girls with disabilities
  • 3-6pm - Half day of general discussion on women and girls with disabilities (cont'd)
Geneva is eight hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Thanks
Therese Sands
On behalf of the Australian CRPD Civil Society Parallel Report Group
People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
www.pwd.org.au (02) 9370 3100 1800 422 015