Concluding Observations by the UNCRPD Committee

A List of Issues was submitted by South African Civil Society in response to the South African Baseline Country Report on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The Government of South Africa appeared before the CRPD Committee in August 2018 to respond to the List of Issues.  Down Syndrome South Africa made submissions to the List of Issues under the South African Disability Alliance (SADA) and R2E CWD Alliance dealing specifically with article 24.

Africa Disability Protocol (ADP)

In the spirit of National Disability Rights Awareness Month 2018 – “A Disability Inclusive, Barrier Free South Africa 2030” and in honour of the centenary of the late Mr Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, DSSA calls upon all governance structures and Cabinet to approve the Africa Disability Protocol. If South Africa is to move towards a disability inclusive and barrier free society by 2030 what better way to show commitment than by South Africa becoming the first country in signing and ratifying the Africa Disability Protocol.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)


The UNCRPD was adopted by the UN in December in 2006. South Africa signed and ratified both the Convention and the option protocol in 2007.

The purpose of the Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities. It covers a number of key areas such as accessibility, personal mobility, health, education, employment, habilitation and rehabilitation, participation in political life, and equality and non-discrimination. This Convention is the first new human rights treaty of the 21st century and will mark a major shirt in the way the worlds 1 billion people with disabilities are treated. 

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The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities For People with Down Syndrome

This Guide is the vehicle of expression of a group of young people with intellectual disabilities who, with the support provided by their membership to Project Amigo, decide to start working together on the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Their purpose is not just to understand what it is about, but to analyze themselves in order to identify, even with much uncertainty and facing how cruel the reality may be, the way these rights have been and continue to be violated.