Handbook for Parliamentarians on the CRPD

Title of the handbook in red on a black background, and a graphic of a lock.

This handbook is meant to help parliamentarians in any country’s government learn about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and how they can play a role in its ratification, implementation, and monitoring. The handbook:

  • Provides an overview of the challenges that confront people with disabilities and why the CRPD was needed to resolve these challenges
  • Reviews the contents of the CRPD and the mechanisms used to monitor the CRPD and the Optional Protocol
  • Discusses how parliamentarians can incorporate the CRPD into their country’s laws and how to implement the CRPD in areas such as habilitation and rehabilitation, accessibility, education, work and employment, and legal capacity
  • Reviews how their country can create national institutions to implement and monitor the CRPD

This handbook was produced by the United Nations, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic.

Other handbooks for parliamentarians on various topics related to human rights and other issues are available on the Inter-Parliamentary Union website linked below. All the handbooks are available in English and a few are available in Spanish and other languages.