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  • UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities discussed at round table in Nur-Sultan
18 November, 2019 16:33

UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities discussed at round table in Nur-Sultan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan hosted a round table on November 14 this year chaired by the Ministry’s Ambassador-at-large Usen Suleimen to address the topic of the formation of an inclusive society in Kazakhstan, Strategy2050.kz informs referring to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities discussed at round table in Nur-Sultan  | Strategy2050.kz

The event touched upon the possibilities of introducing an independent monitoring mechanism to assess progress in achieving the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified in 2015.

The Convention’s Article 33-2 provides for a control mechanism, therefore the round table focused on a comprehensive exchange of views on what a control mechanism should look like.

The attendees included Parliament deputies Aigul Kapbarova and Dinar Nuketayeva, Commissioner for Human Rights in Kazakhstan Elvira Azimova, representatives of willing Kazakh government bodies and non-governmental organizations working in the field of assistance to persons with disabilities, as well as the international experts, including the representatives of the OSCE, UNDP, OHCHR, UNFPA offices, the Soros Foundation and the US Embassy in Kazakhstan.

The round table saw the proposal of two options for a control mechanism in accordance with the Convention: a monitoring mechanism at the office of the Commissioner for Human Rights and the establishment of a separate national monitoring chamber. The parties agreed on the need to carefully study both, as well as additional options to meet the Paris principles regarding the status and functioning of national institutions for the protection and promotion of human rights.

The event was held jointly with the NGO "Association of Women with Disabilities "Shanyrak".

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