Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities : Concluding observations on the initial report of South Africa

South Africa became a State party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 30th November 2007. In accordance with article 35, paragraph 1, of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities , each State Party undertakes to submit to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, for consideration by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a report on measures taken to give effect to its obligations under the Convention: (a)  an initial report within two years after the entry into force of the Convention for the State concerned, and (b) thereafter a periodic report  at least every four years and whenever the Committee so requests.

The report preparation process thus offers an occasion for each State Party to:

      (a)           Conduct a comprehensive review of the measures it has taken to harmonize national law and policy with the provisions of the treaty;

      (b)           Monitor progress made in promoting the enjoyment of the rights set forth in the treaty in the context of the promotion of human rights in general;

      (c)           Identify problems and shortcomings in its approach to the implementation of the treaty;

      (d)           Plan and develop appropriate policies to achieve these goals.

On 26th November 2014, South Africa submitted its initial report to the Committee on the Rights of Persons of Disabilities, responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Convention. The report highlighted specific information relating to the implementation, in law and in fact, of the Convention, taking into account analytical information on recent developments in law and practice affecting the full realization of the rights recognized in the Convention by all persons, with all forms of disabilities in South Africa. It contained detailed information on substantive measures taken towards the aforementioned goals and the resulting progress achieved. You can find a copy of the report submitted by South Africa on the website of the UN office of theHigh Commissione for Human Rights (OHCHR)  below; https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CRPD%2fC%2fZAF%2f1&Lang=en

The Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities considered the initial report of South Africa at its 399th and 400th meetings held on 28 and 29 August 2018. It adopted the present concluding observations below at its 413rd meeting, held on 7 September 2018. It is therefore important for South Africa to implement the recommendations to advance the promotion, protection and fulfilment of the rights of persons with disabilities. You can please find a copy of the concluding observations on the rights of persons with disabilities on the website of the OHCHR below; https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CRPD%2fC%2fZAF%2fCO%2f1&Lang=en