The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC or Commission) will host a workshop on the establishment of an Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) under Article 33 (2) of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The workshop forms part of the Commissions ongoing project on the establishment of an IMM that started in 2019.
The European Union Funded project came as a result of the United Nations (UN) Committee on Persons with Disabilities 2018 concluding observations on South Africa’s initial state report submitted in 2015. The Committee recommended that government should expedite the designation of IMM, proposing SAHRC as the most suitable institution. The SAHRC has since collaborated with the government and organisations representing persons with disabilities in conducting a study tour in Spain, Ireland, and Belgium to gather information on best practices in relation to the function and operation of an IMM, and the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the monitoring of the implementation of the CRPD.
This workshop is targeted towards providing feedback to representatives of the disability sector in South Africa on the findings of the study tour. It further seeks to create awareness about the mandate and work of the Commission, the function of the IMM itself, and to engage the sector on the proposed model for inclusion of persons with disabilities in the monitoring activities of the IMM.
The details of the workshop are as follows:
Date: 30 January 2020 09h30-15h00
Venue: South African Human Rights Commission Head office
Forum 3 Braampark Office Park
33 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein
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