Catalina Devandas Aguilar is an independent expert appointed by the United Nations. As Special Rapporteur, she works with the international community to realize the rights of persons with disabilities and promote their inclusion in development. Catalina works with governments and global institutions to make sure that their initiatives and efforts reach persons with disabilities themselves. Her vision is that disability is a part of human diversity.

Priority Areas

Annual reports

The right to health

2018-09-07

In her latest report, the Special Rapporteur examines the challenges experienced by persons with disabilities in their interactions with health providers and services, and how those challenges hinder development at personal and societal levels.

Universal legal capacity, to ensure equal recognition of persons with disabilities before the law

2018-02-20

Around the world, experiences of peer support, advanced directives, advocacy and other support measures are showing the way to allow persons with disabilities to make their own decisions on all aspects of their lives. This is essential for living with dignity, according to one's values and preferences. The principle of Universal legal capacity protects this fundamental right, and ensures that all persons--with or without disabilities--enjoy the same rights and are equal before the law.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and young women with disabilities

2017-08-28

Around the world, young women and girls with disabilities face great restrictions to access to services and education that are essential for leading healthy lives and minimize risks of gender-based violence. Protecting their right to decide over their own bodies and sexuality is critical in the global fight to end violence, exploitation and abuse against women.

Country visits

2017-12-15

Kazakhstan

Steps to reform Kazakhstan’s social protection system and provide universal health coverage are a clear indication of the country's committment to the rights of persons with disabilities. But more efforts are required to include them in society, particularly in the areas of education and political participation. Legal capacity laws need to be reformed, and the country must move towards ending institutionalization and involuntary treatment.

2017-11-20

France

France is a country with a strong tradition of republican and democratic values, resting on the ideals of ‘freedom, equality and fraternity’. Disability policies in France need to embrace these ideals to guarantee the full inclusion of all people with disabilities.

2017-05-29

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)

The Governmnet of the DPRK has taken positive steps on disability issues, but there is still a long way to go to realize the rights of persons with disabilities: “I hope that my visit will generate further opportunities for constructive engagement to advance the human rights of persons with disabilities in the DPRK.”

Catalina Devandas Aguilar is the first UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Since 2014, she was appointed by the United Nations to help realize the rights of persons with disabilities. Her appointment acknowledged a lifelong commitment to the promotion of human rights, and her trajectory defending the rights of persons with disabilities.

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2018-06-29

UN Secretary General: "We need comprehensive review of System's responses to disability"

UN Secretary General: "We need comprehensive review of System's responses to disability"

In his opening remarks at the 11th UN Conference of State Parties to the CRPD, Mr. Guterrez endorsed the need for a new policy and accountability framework to guide the UN's support for the rights of persons with disabilities.

2018-06-05

Progress so far: an overview of the first 3 years of mandate

Progress so far: an overview of the first 3 years of mandate

Ms. Devandas is in her 3rd year as UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities; a mandate she will hold until November 2020. This is a summary of the priorities and strategies established to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, and of the progress made.

2018-03-09

Progreso hasta hoy: un balance de los 3 primeros años de gestión

Progreso hasta hoy: un balance de los 3 primeros años de gestión

A tres años de su designación, Catalina Devandas está comenzando su segundo y último período como Relatora Especial de la ONU sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad. Para conmemorar la ocasión, su equipo elaboró un resumen de lo acontecido hasta el día de hoy, centrándose en las prioridades y estrategias que se establecieron al inicio del mandato, y el progreso realizado.

Working together

To improve the situation of persons with disabilities, we need to work together. The inclusion of persons with disabilities in human rights and development work can only come about through shared understanding and cooperation.

For inquiries related to the work of the Special Rapporteur, please contact sr.disability@ohchr.org

To communicate information regarding specific cases of violations of the rights of persons with disabilities, please go to the following section of the website of the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights:

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Office of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities:

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CH 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland

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