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IACHR Calls for Participation in Public Consultations Launched by the Unit on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

May 16, 2018

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Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) calls on civil society organizations, States and any other users of the Inter-American Human Rights System to take part in public consultations launched by the Unit on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that is set to be held on June 22, 2018 in Lima, Peru.

The main goal of these consultations is to receive input to draft the Thematic Unit’s first work plan. The methodology and schedule for these consultations are available on this link .

During the event, organizers hope to promote debate among participants concerning the following themes and any others proposed through the registration form: (1) legal capacity; (2) access to justice; (3) independent living and inclusion in the community; (4) violence, discrimination and personal integrity; (5) financial, social and cultural rights (for example, the rights to social security, health, employment); (6) inclusive education; (7) political participation; (8) others.

These public consultations develop further the participatory process to build the IACHR’s Strategic Plan 2017-2021, with the aim of deepening debate on this Thematic Unit’s work plan and ensuring that the Commission promotes relevant actions for the effective enjoyment of the human rights of persons with disabilities in the region.

Anyone interested in taking part in this consultation process should fill out this registration form by June 10, 2018. If you are unable to access the form or have trouble registering, please email [email protected], stating your name and, if applicable, the institution you represent.

The interested organization or person will need to cover any expenses they incur in to take part in these in-person public consultations. Consultations will be held in Spanish.

A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.

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