Communication

What are the Special Rapporteur's communications?

2018-01-22

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On occasions, the Special Rapporteur receives information regarding alleged violations of the rights of persons with disabilities. An important aspect of her mandate is to act on this information, seeking clarifications and/or further information from the relevant authorities and when needed, urging for the alleged human rights violation to cease. To this end, she prepares urgent appeals and communications, sometimes jointly with other Special Rapporteurs or human rights mandate holders, that are sent to the authorities, and which become public six months after the date of submission.
 
What are Communications?

Communications are letters sent by the Special Procedures to Governments and others, such as intergovernmental organisations, businesses, military or security companies. 
In these letters, the experts report on allegations of human rights violations they have received, regarding:
  • past human rights violations – which can be the object of a letter of allegation;
  • on-going or potential human rights violation – which can be the object of an urgent appeal;
  • concerns relating to bills, legislation, policies or practices that do not comply with international human rights law and standards.

The expert(s) present the allegations and request clarifications on them. Where necessary, they request that the concerned authorities take action to prevent or stop the violation, investigate it, bring to justice those responsible and make sure that remedies are available to the victim(s) or their families. The experts also recall the applicable human rights provisions in these letters.

You can follow the links below to learn about the Communications sent by Ms. Devandas to governments and authorities, most of which were supported and co-signed by other Special Rapporteurs or bodies in charge of overseeing human rights treaties. 

Argentina: presunta falta de operatividad del derecho a la educación inclusiva sin discriminación por motivo de discapacidad, al denegar al Sr. Alan César Rodríguez, un joven con síndrome de Down, del título oficial de terminación de estudios secundarios en igualdad de condiciones con
los demás estudiantes. (Alegato conjunto). Ver más...

Australia: Information received concerning a range of severe alleged human rights violations perpetrated against children with disabilities in public and private educational institutions in Australia. The allegations of violence and abuse, including sexual violence, which may constitute a form of torture or other ill-treatment, documented between 2008 to 2016, concern fifty-five autistic children in six of Australia’s eight States and Territories. (Joint Allegation Letter). More...

Australia: Alleged ill-treatment and lack of adequate medical care of a prisoner with mental disabilities at Yalata Labour Prison. According to the information received, Mr. X, a 29-year-old United States citizen, has been subjected to ill-treatment and has not received adequate mental health care in detention. (Joint Urgent Appeal). More... 

Azerbaijan: Information received on the situation of Ms. Konul Adilova and Ms. Zuleykha Hidayat Javadova whom the Working Group met at the Psycho-neurological Boarding Home No. 8 in Khanlar region (former Goygol Region) on 20 May 2016. (Joint Urgent Appeal). More...

Bahrain: Information received concerning the arbitrary arrest and detention of six individuals, including one person with an intellectual disability and two minors, for exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. (Joint Urgent Appeal). More...

Brazil: Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary detention and discrimination on the basis of disability of more than 500 persons with psychosocial disabilities in conflict with the law who have been placed under “security measures” in the States of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro. (Joint Urgent Appeal) More...

Burundi: Allégations d’exécutions arbitraires et de menaces de mort contre des personnes atteintes d’albinisme. (Joint Urgent Appeal). Voir plus...

El Salvador: Alegaciones sobre el presunto asesinato de dos defensores, padre e hijo, de los derechos de las personas con discapacidad en El Salvador. (Alegato Conjunto). Ver más...

France: Allégations concernant le refus du droit à l’éducation et menaces d’institutionnalisation forcée d’un enfant autiste. (Joint Urgent Appeal). Voir plus... 

France: Suivi d'un appel urgent concernant des allégations de refus du droit à l'éducation et menaces d'institutionnalisation forcée d’un enfant autiste. (Joint Urgent Appeal). Voir plus...

France: Réponse à la lettre du 27 mars 2015 du Gouvernement français concernant la situation d’un enfant autiste à risque d’être placé de force dans un Institut Médico-Educatif. (Joint Allegation Letter). Voir Plus...

France: Lettre concernant l’adoption prochaine de l’amendement No. 1219 à la loi No. 2005-102 pour l’égalité des droits et des chances, la participation et la citoyenneté des personnes handicapées en France. (Urgent Appeal). Voir plus...

France: Informations reçues concernant à l’usage excessif de la force par la police contre trois personnes d’origine Africaine. (Joint Allegation Letter) Voir plus...

France: Informations reçues concernant la décision du Conseil d'Etat du jeudi 10 novembre 2016 interdisant la diffusion d’un message vidéo de sensibilisation à la situation des personnes handicapées, réalisé par l’Association Coordown. (Joint Letter). Voir plus...

Greece: Allegations of extremely alarming living and care conditions of the internees of the Disability Branch of the Centre of Social Welfare of Western Greece, formerly known as the Children’s Care Centre of Lechaina. (Joint Urgent Appeal). See more... 

Guatemala: Información recibida en relación al fatídico incendio que se produjo en el Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción, en el municipio de San José Pinula, departamento de Guatemala, el 8 de marzo de 2017, el cual resultó en la muerte de al menos 40 niñas. (Alegato Conjunto). Ver mas...

Israel: Information received concerning Mr. Bara Farid Abudhier, a twenty-six year old Palestinian man with a disability, who was reportedly arrested without an arrest warrant on 30 May 2016 and gave a forced signed confession following torture and ill-treatment, and who is currently awaiting trial before a military tribunal. (Joint Urgent Appeal). See more...

Malawi: Allegations of violations of the right to life of persons with albinism. Joint Urgent Appeal. See more...

Norway: Information received concerning the alleged unlawful and arbitrary deprivation of liberty of Mr. X on grounds of his psychosocial disability and administration of forced psychiatric treatment. (Joint Urgent Appeal). See more...

Others: Letter to the Committee on Development Effectiveness of the World Bank recommending the inclusion of a number of references to persons with disabilities and a disability perspective in the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies and in its draft “Environmental and Social Standards”. (Allegation Letter). See more...

Other Actors: Alleged imminent execution of a man with a psychosocial disability who is reportedly at risk of imminent execution in the autonomous region of Somaliland, in Somalia. (Joint Urgent Appeal). See more...

Pakistan: Alleged torture in prison and imminent execution of a detainee with a physical disability. (Jount Urgent Appeal). See more...

Pakistan: Alleged imminent execution, torture and ill-treatment of a person with a psychosocial disability. (Joint Urgent Appeal). See more...

Pakistan: Alleged torture and imminent execution of a person with disabilities. (Joint Urgent Appeal). See more...

Pakistan: Information received concerning the situation of Mr. Imdad Ali, a Pakistani national with a psychosocial disability, who is reportedly at risk of imminent execution. (Joint Urgent Appeal). See more...

Philippines: Information received concerning the pending adoption of a Mental Health Act (Senate Bills No. 1190). See more...

Rep. of Moldova: Alleged forced eviction and continued residency in an institutional setting for 14 persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities in the city of Balti who have, until now, benefited from a supported housing programme administered by the city. (Joint Urgent Appeal). See more...

Rep. of Moldova: Alleged deletion of two key provisions from an omnibus legislative bill concerning persons with disabilities, which will be subject to a second reading in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova on 7 May 2015. (Allegation Letter). See more...

Rep, of Moldova: Allegations concerning a draft bill amending the 2002 Civil Code provisions related to incapacitation and adult guardianship, which would discriminate against persons with disabilities. (Allegation Letter). See more...

Rep, of Moldova: Urging the Government to declare as unconstitutional the relevant Civil Code and Civil Procedure Code provisions which deprive persons with disabilities of their legal capacity and hinder them from the realization of their right to seek justice before courts. See more...

Romania: Information received concerning the alleged arbitrary detention and other human rights violations perpetrated against at least 48 persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities placed at the State-run Maciuca institution. (Joint Urgent Appeal). See more...

Serbia: Information received concerning the alleged discriminatory billing against the Roma residents of Crvena Zvezda in Nis by an electricity company. (Joint Urgent Appeal). See more...

Somalia: Alleged imminent execution of a man with a psychosocial disability who is reportedly at risk of imminent execution in the autonomous region of Somaliland, in Somalia. (Joint Urgent Appeal). See more...

South Africa: Information received concerning the death, since March 2016, of at least 37 persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities after they were relocated from Life Healthcare Esidimeni Hospital. (Joint Urgent Appeal). See more...

Spain: Presuntas restricciones del acceso a un aborto legal y seguro por parte de las menores y mujeres con capacidad legal modificada. (Alegato Conjunto). Ver mas... 

Spain: Presuntas violaciones del derecho a la educación inclusiva y discriminación de una niña autista. (Llamado Urgente Conjunto). Ver mas...

Spain: Seguimiento a la presunta exclusión de facto del sistema general educativo, discriminación e impacto negativo en el estado de salud físico y mental de una niña autista, así como a la respuesta del Gobierno de España a una primera comunicación sobre el caso. (Alegato Conjunto). Ver mas...

Sudan: Alleged imposition of the death penalty against 22 South Sudanese nationals on charges not meeting the threshold of most serious crimes, and sentencing to life imprisonment of three others by the Sudanese Anti-Terrorism Court, after judicial proceedings that did not fulfil the most stringent guarantees of fair trial and due process. (Joint Urgent Appeal). See more...

United Kingdom: Alleged negative impact of the Welfare Reform and Work Act on the human rights of persons living in poverty, particularly children, large families, single parents and persons with disabilities. (Joint Allegation Letter). See more...

United Kingdom: Information received concerning the alleged violation of Mr. Anton Carpena’s right to effective and efficient access to justice, exposure to forced medical treatment and breach of his rights. (Joint Urgent Appeal). see more...

United States of America: Information received concerning allegations of discrimination, ill-treatment, excessive use of force, lack of medical attention, food, and water, death in custody, and prolonged solitary confinement of prisoners with psychosocial disabilities in prisons and jails in the United States of America. (Joint Allegation letter). See more...