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International law materials

CRPD - the treaty and its monitoring body

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (2006) - see also General InformationNegotiation ArchivesConference of States Parties (annual event at UN headquarters in NY, or virtual), Ratifications and signatures of CRPD and OP

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - see also Sessions page (for past and future country reviews)

General Comment No. 1 on Article 12 (equal recognition before the law) and Corrigendum (2014) 

Guidelines on Article 14 - liberty and security of the person (2015)

General Comment No. 5 on Article 19 (living independently and being included in the community)

Other General Comments

Concluding Observations on country reports, see most recent compilation searchable by article of CRPD

Jurisprudence (enter 'CRPD' in 'symbol' field) (decisions in cases under Optional Protocol)

Other UN human rights mechanisms

Human Rights Council


Thematic study on legislative implementation of CRPD A/HRC/10/48 (2009)

Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

UN basic principles and guidelines on remedies and procedures for arbitrary deprivation of liberty A/HRC/30/37 (2015)

Special Rapporteur on Torture

Thematic report on torture and persons with disabilities A/63/175 (Nowak, 2008)

Thematic report on torture in health-care context A/HRC/22/53 (Méndez, 2013)

Thematic report on psychological torture A/HRC/43/49 (Melzer, 2021)

Special Rapporteur on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Special Rapporteur on Health

Regional human rights mechanisms

CEDDIS - OAS Committee for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities

General Observation No. 1 on legal capacity (2010) in Spanish

Practical Guide on establishment of supports in exercise of legal capacity (2021) in SpanishEnglishPortuguese

National law reforms implementing CRPD


Legislative decree No. 1384 - legal capacity reform (2018) in Spanish and in English with commentary

Mental health regulations (applying legal capacity reform) in Spanish


Law 1996 - legal capacity reform (2019) in Spanish

Other useful thematic instruments

UN basic principles and guidelines on right to remedy and reparation (2005)