The Mine Ban Treaty and the CRPD—September Update

Posted on September 3, 2013

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On 2 September 2013, Kerry Brinkert, the Director of the Implementation Support Unit of the Mine Ban Treaty addressed the 10th session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, “highlighting collaboration in the pursuit of the common aims of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).”

Download the full statement here: CRPD Committee 10th Session ISU 2013-09-02

“Soon after the entry into force of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention in 1999, its State Parties recognized that what they call ‘victim assistance’ lies within the broader contexts of disability, healthcare, social services, rehabilitation, reintegration, employment, development, human rights, and gender equality.”

The statement highlighted the fact that the Mine Ban Treaty States Parties—the majority of which are also parties to the CRPD—have formally recognized that their “landmine victim assistance” efforts should promote the development of services, infrastructure, and policies to address the rights and needs of all women, girls, boys, and men with disabilities, regardless of the cause of the disability.

The statement included an update on information reported during the 9th session in April, and gave 3 examples from 2013 of how the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) supports Mine Ban Treaty States Parties to meet their obligations to assist survivors in a manner that is integrated into national efforts to implement the CRPD:

1) Having supported national workshop in Peru to initiate revisions to Peru’s national action plan for the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities.

2) Supporting Ethiopia’s efforts to formally integrate victim assistance into its national approach to disability.

3) In June 2013, assisting Thailand in convening an international symposium that  focused significantly on links between the Mine Ban Treaty and broader international cooperation efforts to advance the full and effective participation of all persons with disabilities .

The ISU is currently in discussions with Colombia regarding a possible high-level conference on 3-4 April 2014 in Medellin, Colombia which will focus on building bridges between the world of landmines and broader domains such as disability, health, education, employment, development and poverty reduction The Medellin conference could build upon aspects of the September high level meeting on disability and development in New York.

For more detailed information in the full statement: click here.

Image courtesy (c) Convention ISU