Topic: United Nations Activities and Reports

Factsheet: Violence and Abuse Against Persons with Disability

Background Evidence demonstrates that people with disability frequently experience sustained and repeated episodes of violence and abuse.[i] Women and girls with disability are at far greater risk of violence, particularly sexual violence, and experience significantly higher levels of all forms of violence by a greater number of perpetrators compared to their peers.[ii] Children and young…

Factsheet: Discrimination Against Migrants and Refugees with Disability

Background People with disability, and families who have members with disability, consistently have their visa applications denied because they are unable to meet the strict health requirement under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth).[i] An individual or family could have been living in Australia for many years, contributing to the economic and social life of the…

ICCPR Delegation Meet with Australian Government Delegation

On Tuesday 17 October DPO Australia representatives, along with our NGO delegation colleagues, met with the Australian Government Delegation in Geneva at the office of the Australian Permanent Mission. The meeting provided an important opportunity for the NGO delegation and Australian Government representatives to meet and discuss key themes that are included in the Australian Government report and the NGO…

DPO Australia Formal Briefing with Human Rights Committee (ICCPR)

Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) formally briefed the UN Committee on Civil and Political Rights in Geneva on Monday 16 October in regard to the protection of the rights of people with disability. The DPO Australia briefing focused on high level key issues  including all forms of violence, denial of legal capacity, substitute decision-making regimes, migration laws, restrictive practices, mental health…