Ms. Catalina Devandas, Ms Ikponsowa Ero, the EU welcomes your reports presented to this Council, and seizes this opportunity to interact with your mandates, which the EU fully supports.
Ms Devandas, the EU in 2016 has kept up with its endeavours to advance the disability agenda internally. Following the EU’s review in 2015 with the CRPD Committee and its concluding observations, the EU has withdrawn the European Commission from the independent monitoring frameworks so as to ensure compliance with the CRPD as well as the Paris Principles.
Regarding our international cooperation, we are glad to announce that the EU funds the OHCHR’s programme that aims at operationalising indicators for Human Rights of persons with disabilities in the SDG’s framework.
Turning to the report you present today, we are pleased you recalled that the provision of appropriate support is not only a premise for the realization of Human Rights of persons with disabilities, but also a State’s obligation under CRPD. We are also thankful for the recommendations you set out in your report, which will help us to guide our legislation and our policies. You also affirm that State’s should include support services in their Social Protection Programmes, highlighting the importance of providing a community approach.
We would like to hear more about the actual implementation of this approach, bearing in mind that our State’s systems of Social Protection are, quoting your words, “personalised”.
Ms Ero, the EU supports your continuous pledge for the development of a cross-cutting and cooperative strategy, that ensures that persons with albinism fully realise their human rights, in security and without discrimination.
Let me express the EU’s full support to your efforts to address the wide range of violations and abuses of human rights faced by persons with albinism, as well as the attacks and barbaric acts of violence, including towards very young children.
Ms. Ero, your report focus on harmful practices and witchcraft as key root causes of the cruel attacks that persons with albinism continue to face, fuelled by a wide range of erroneous beliefs, misinformation and criminal activities linked to the trafficking in body parts. You also put forward a wide range of recommendations to States, the international community and civil society to address these issues. We would be interested in hearing your views on how you intend to work further on the enforcement of these recommendations and which actions you think should be prioritised.