DPI e-update - 3 February 2011

February 7, 2011


DPI's E-news for Week ending 4 February 2011

Welcome to Disabled Peoples International's (DPI's) E-news. Please continue to send your activities, conference information, and publications news to Dr. Cassandra Phillips at info@dpi.org.

More on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has recently published its Thematic Study on The Role of International Cooperation in Support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Human Rights Council in its resolution 13/11 requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a study on this topic to be presented at the 16th session of the Council in March 2011. The study analyzes international cooperation under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, sets out examples of international cooperation involving states, international and regional organizations and civil society organizations and identifies challenges to international cooperation. For a copy of the advanced edited version please contact Cassandra at info@dpi.org since it is not yet posted on the UN website.

To read UN studies and reports on the Convention in English, French, Spanish and other languages, please follow links at  


Disability Rights Monitoring Sample Facts Sheet

Disability Rights Promotion International Canada (DRPI-Canada) would like to share information from its monitoring project in St. John's, NF, Canada. The fact sheet presents a summary of the findings of disability rights monitoring which focuses on the individual experiences of persons with disabilities. Reports of denials and violations of human rights were in general more prevalent than reports of people being able to access and exercise their rights.

To read in English go to http://www.yorku.ca/drpi/CanadaFactStJohnsEn.html

To read in French, go to http://www.yorku.ca/drpi/CanadaFactStJohnsFr.html


Report Against Sheltered Workshops*

In the USA, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has just released a report titled, Segregated and Exploited -Call to Action: The Failure of the Disability Service System to Provide Quality Work on Sheltered Workshops.

The report calls for the end of sub minimum wage workshops and the financial exploitation of people with disabilities. According to the authors, "sheltered workshops are just another institution segregating people with disabilities." To read in full, please go to



Call for Grant Applications

The Emirates Foundation, one of the leading philanthropic institutions in the United Arab Emirates, is inviting disability-related organizations to apply for grants through its 2011 "Disabilities Promoting Inclusion Programme" which aims to develop and strengthen the inclusion into society of persons with disabilities. To read more, go to http://www.ameinfo.com/254248.html


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