Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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  states parties
  states that signed, but have not ratified
  states that have not signed
Drafted 13 December 2006
Signed 30 March 2007
Location New York
Effective 3 May 2008
Condition 10 ratifications and entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Signatories 92
Parties 85
Depositary Secretary-General of the United Nations
Languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish

The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a side-agreement to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It was adopted on 13 December 2006, and entered into force at the same time as its parent Convention on 3 May 2008.[1] As of September 2014, it has 92 signatories and 85 parties.[2]

The Optional Protocol establishes an individual complaints mechanism for the Convention similar to those of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. But this Protocol also accepts individual rights on economic, social and cultural rights like Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Parties agree to recognise the competence of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to consider complaints from individuals or groups who claim their rights under the Convention have been violated.[3] The Committee can request information from and make recommendations to a party.[4]

In addition, parties may permit the Committee to investigate, report on and make recommendations on "grave or systematic violations" of the Convention.[5] Parties may opt out of this obligation on signature or ratification.[6]

The Optional Protocol required ten ratifications to come into force.[7]

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  1. ^ "Landmark UN treaty on rights of persons with disabilities enters into force". Scoop. 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  2. ^ "UN Treaty Collection: Parties to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities". United nations. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  3. ^ Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 1.
  4. ^ Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Articles 3 & 5.
  5. ^ Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 6.
  6. ^ Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 8.
  7. ^ Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 13.

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