Volume 9 Issue 4 - May 01, 2012

O.H.C.H.R.’s compilation on India’s U.P.R. mentions N.D.N.’s submission

D.N.I.S. News Network, India: The date for Indias second cycle of Universal Periodic Review (U.P.R.) has been set for May 24. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (O.H.C.H.R.) has released Indias National Report along with the Summary of the Stakeholders Information. In the latter, which is compiled by O.H.C.H.R., the submission made by National Disability Network (N.D.N.) finds mention under the category of persons with disabilities. This is the first time that the disability sector in India has made a submission for U.P.R.

U.P.R. is a unique mechanism where the human rights performance of any State which is a member of the United Nations (U.N.) is reviewed by its peers every 4 years irrespective of whether that nation has ratified any human rights treaty or not.

However, disability does not find any significant mention in the Summary of Stakeholders Information, besides a few lines under the category of persons with disabilities, in the entire report. This goes on to show how low disability is in the priorities of even the international community, especially the U.N.

Shivani Gupta, noted disabled activist and accessibility expert, was nominated by N.D.N. last month to meet various Country Missions in Geneva to motivate them to ask the Indian delegation questions on disability. She has received fairly good responses so far. It is hoped that Indias dismal performance on disability issues will get highlighted at the U.P.R.

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