The CRPD and it‘s impact on library 
services – 
a perspective from the CRPD Committee 
Theresia Degener 
IFLA Session, Ly...
Agenda 
1. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 
(CRPD) 
2. Relevant articles relating to libraries 
...
1. The Convention on the Rights of 
Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) 
Adopted: 13 December 
2006 (A/RES/61/106) 
 Entry in...
Theresia Degener 2014 
Medical Model of 
Disability 
Human Rights Model 
of Disability 
Social Model of 
Disability 
- 197...
2. CRPD articles 
 Article 9:Accessibility (“… to ensure to persons with 
disabilities access, on an equal basis with othe...
CRPD articles 
Article 5: Equality and non discrimination (“…prohibit all 
discrimination on the basis of disability …”) 
...
3. Monitoring the CRPD 
International Monitoring 
• CRPD Committee 
• State Party Conference 
National Monitoring 
• State...
CRPD Committee 
 18 Independent Experts 
 Procedures 
 State Party Reports 
 Individual 
Communications  
Inquiries 
 Gene...
CRPD Committee 
 Interaction with State Parties, Civil Society, UN 
Organisations, National Human Rights Institutes 
 13 C...
Libraries as promotors of the CRPD 
 Access to library services is a human right 
 „Respect for difference and acceptance ...
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  1. 1. The CRPD and it‘s impact on library services – a perspective from the CRPD Committee Theresia Degener IFLA Session, Lyon, 17 August 2014 UN CRPD Committee
  2. 2. Agenda 1. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) 2. Relevant articles relating to libraries 3. Monitoring the CRPD Theresia 2 Degener 2014
  3. 3. 1. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Adopted: 13 December 2006 (A/RES/61/106) Entry into force: 3 May 2008 Ratification status: 148 State Parties (July 2014) Theresia 3 Degener 2014
  4. 4. Theresia Degener 2014 Medical Model of Disability Human Rights Model of Disability Social Model of Disability - 1970s - 1980s - 2000 4
  5. 5. 2. CRPD articles Article 9:Accessibility (“… to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communication technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public …”) Article 21: Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information … “provide information intended for the general public to persons with disabilities in accessible formats and technologies appropriate to different kinds of disabilities (Art. 21 (a)).” Article 30: Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport …“enjoy access to places for cultural performances or services, such as theatres, museums, cinemas, libraries …” (Art. 30 (c)) Theresia 5 Degener 2014
  6. 6. CRPD articles Article 5: Equality and non discrimination (“…prohibit all discrimination on the basis of disability …”) Article 2: Definitions … “Discrimination on the basis of disability …includes all forms of discrimination, including denial of reasonable accommodation Universal design means the design of products, environments, programmes and services to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design” Article 8: Awareness - raising … “Encouraging all organs of the media to portray persons with disabilities in a manner consistent with the purpose of the present Convention..” Theresia 6 Degener 2014
  7. 7. 3. Monitoring the CRPD International Monitoring • CRPD Committee • State Party Conference National Monitoring • State Focal Point(s) • Coordination Mechanism • Independent Monitoring Mechanism (National Human Rights Institutes (NHRI)) Theresia 7 Degener 2014
  8. 8. CRPD Committee 18 Independent Experts Procedures State Party Reports Individual Communications Inquiries General Comments Theresia 8 Degener 2014
  9. 9. CRPD Committee Interaction with State Parties, Civil Society, UN Organisations, National Human Rights Institutes 13 Concluding Observations, 6 Cases (Nyusti et al v Hungary CRPD/C/9/D/1/2010 ), 2 General Comments (GC No 2 Accessibility) http://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/crpd/pages/crpdinde x.aspx Theresia 9 Degener 2014
  10. 10. Libraries as promotors of the CRPD Access to library services is a human right „Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity” (3 (d)) Non-discrimination, Accessibility, and Universal Design Services Allies: CRPD Committee, NHRIs and DPOs Theresia 10 Degener 2014

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