The annual Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the rights of People with Disabilities took place at the UN in New York last week (13-15 June), preceded by the CRPD Civil Society Forum (12 June). Article by Jeff Meer.
Because humanitarian actors lack information and knowledge about available or appropriate tools to collect data on persons with disabilities, they do not know how many refugees with disabilities are in refugee camps and urban areas.
On 31 May, IDDC, EDF and Human Rights Watch organised a breakfast meeting on the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action.
The launch of the Charter on the inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian action generated a historical momentum to engage all stakeholders to commit for disability inclusion.
The memorandum was signed on the 23rd March 2017, in Geneva, by representatives of both organisations.
Ahead of this week’s Summit, 160 NGOs signed a joint statement to remind EU leaders of their commitments to European values and call them to uphold them in the response to migration.
The Syrian crisis has generated the largest refugee movement since the Rwandan genocide and is described as the defining refugee crisis of our era. Within this refugee population older, disabled and injured refugees face specific challenges that contribute to their vulnerability.