GANHRI calls on States to include persons with disability in COVID-19 recovery plans at COSP15 

New York, June 15th, 2022 – The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) delivered a statement at the 15th Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which took place on 14 to 16 June 2022 in New York.  

The statement delivered by Ekaterine Skhiladze, Deputy Public Defender of Georgia, on behalf of GANHRI, called the attention on the necessity of having persons with disabilities at the forefront of ongoing responses to the risks posed by COVID-19 to avoid that their rights and voices remain in the margins. 

“This is the time to invest in accessibility in its broadest sense and in affirmative actions that address the drivers of poor socio-economic outcomes” – GANHRI Statement 

GANHRI called on all states to commit to fundamental structural changes for the full realisation of human rights of persons with disability and to facilitate their meaningful involvement throughout the cycle of response, recovery and advance planning. 

As a global community of national human rights institutions, with a broad human rights mandate and functions, we reiterated our commitment to protecting and promoting the human rights of all, and work to advance the realisation of the full human rights of persons with disabilities. 

GANHRI Statement at COSP15