Mexico and the CRPD
Mexico was an early and longtime supporter of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The country signed both the Convention and it’s Optional Protocol (which allows the CRPD committee to hear individual complaints from Mexico) on March 30, 2007 when the treaty was first opened for signature. Mexico ratified the CRPD and the Optional Protocol by the end of 2007 on December 17.
Mexico’s next round of state reports, shadow reports, and hearings is due to take place in 2017.
CRPD Report Process
- Under Article 35 of the Convention, parties to the CRPD must submit State Reports to the CRPD Committee within two years of ratification. These State Reports are to contain positive developments as well as challenges that the country is having in meeting the obligations of the CRPD.
- Additionally, Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in the country have the ability to submit alternative reports, also known as Shadow Reports, to the CRPD Committee for consideration along with the official State Report.
- In accordance with Article 36 of the Convention, the CRPD Committee reviews these reports and issues Concluding Observations to make suggestions and recommendations to the country in order to help them meet their obligations under the CRPD.
- After this initial State Report, parties must submit follow up State Reports to the CRPD Committee at least every four years.
The below documents include Mexico’s February 7, 2013 state report, and various “Shadow” or “Alternative reports that were submitted later in February 2013 by DPOs and other human rights organizations. Some of these reports are very specific, focusing for example on the implementation in Mexico of Article 12 of the CRPD on legal capacity of individuals with disabilities. Others are broader, such as the “Mexico Alternative State Report” which is signed by many Mexican DPOs and state and national human rights organizations. The List of Issues and Concluding Observations provide a useful snapshot of the Committee’s opinion on Mexico’s progress toward meaningful implementation the CRPD at that point in time.
We have included these documents in both Spanish and in English whenever we have been able to find both translations.