The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is currently finalizing a General Comment on the Right to Equality and Non-Discrimination. AGE provided written input shedding a light on the discrimination faced by older persons with disabilities.
General Comments are texts adopted by the Committee that monitors the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), where the content of a right and how it can be applied in practice by governments is explained. The CRPD Committee is currently preparing a General Comment on article 5 of the Convention, which is about equality and non-discrimination.
The Committee notes that persons with disabilities are faced with discrimination leading to continued exclusion, segregation and lack of redress, particularly women, children and older persons with disabilities, persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities and those with high support requirements and those whose disabilities are not visible. The differential treatment of people with disabilities contravenes the Convention and its principles, including the respect for the inherent dignity, autonomy, and freedom to make one’s choices. Such practices are often wrongly justified as normal or legitimate and remain unchallenged.
The CRPD Committee will revise the draft General Comment based on the comments received by civil society, States and other stakeholders. Explaining State obligations to end discrimination against persons with disabilities, the General Comment – once finalized and adopted – will guide the implementation of this right by national governments.
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- AGE Position on Structural Ageism
- AGE contribution to the draft outline of the GC on article 5
- AGE response to UN Special Rapporteur on Disability call for submissions on the right of persons with disabilities to social protection
- AGE submission on draft General Comment on article 19
- AGE submission to consultation on article 19