Ethiopia’s record on rights of persons with disabilities faces review by UN Committee

Europe, August 15 2016

GENEVA: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will review Ethiopia on 16 and 17 August in sessions that will be webcast live.   Ethiopia is one of the 166 States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and so is required to submit regular reports to the Committee on how it is implementing the Convention.

The CRPD, which is composed of 18 international independent experts, will engage in a dialogue with a delegation from the Ethiopian Government and also hear from disabled persons organisations (DPOs), NGOs and other organisations representing disabled persons.

Venue: Palais Wilson, Geneva

Time: 16 August 15:00 to 18:00 (16:00 to 19:00 in Addis Ababa)  and 17 August 10:00 to 13:00 (11:00 to 14:00). The sessions will be webcast here at

More information about Ethiopia and the other countries being reviewed – Uruguay, Bolivia, UAE, Guatemala, Colombia and Italy here: The Committee will publish its findings on these States at this link on 2 September.

CRPD members are also set to publish two General Comments on 26 August, giving their authoritative interpretation of the Convention regarding two key issues: the situation of women and girls with disabilities (Article 6) and the right to inclusive education (Article 24).


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