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.
Geneva is eight hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.