New Zealand's second review against the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The List of Issues for New Zealand has been released by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 March 2018, Geneva time). This starts New Zealand's second review against the Disability Convention.

What does the List of Issues say?

Every government that has ratified the Convention has to provide regular progress reporting to the UN. The ‘List of Issues’ is the list of questions the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities wants the government to report back on.

This List of Issues (2018) has 100 questions which cover most articles in the Convention. For example, the List of Issues asks for information about education, employment, accessibility, health, data, seclusion and restraint. 

You can find the List of Issues on the UN website here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/TreatyBodyExternal/Countries.aspx?CountryCode=NZL&Lang=EN

You can read Minister Sepuloni's, the Minister for Disability Issues, media release here: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/united-nations-review-opportunity-improve-rights-disabled-people

What happens next?

The New Zealand government has drafted a response to the List of Issues called a 'State Party Report'. This report is due to the UN Committee on 9 March 2019.

The Office for Disability Issues has drafted the report which is currently open for public feedback until 9 November 2018. This will allow anyone to provide feedback on the draft State Party Report and the issues it raises.

Read more about the consultation at www.odi.govt.nz/whats-happening/the-disability-convention-provide-your-comments-to-the-report-to-the-un/

The UN review process - key stages

  1. The National Human Rights organisation provides a 'Shadow Report' to the UN Committee to help them decide what questions they should ask in the List of Issues
  2. The 'List of Issues prior to reporting' (the list of questions) is released by the UN Committee - 13 March 2018
  3. The 'State Party Report' (a report) is due to the UN Committee - 9 March 2019
  4. New Zealand government delegation appears before the UN Committee (the review in Geneva) - September/October 2019 (date not confirmed)
  5. 'Concluding Observations' (recommendations) released by the UN Committee - October/November 2019 (date not confirmed)
  6. Follow up response by New Zealand government to Concluding Observations (a report) - November 2019 onwards

You can Read the Convention here.

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