Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ Visit to Kazakhstan
Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, made an official visit to Kazakhstan. Trained as a lawer and a human rights defender, Ms. Devandas-Aguilar has worked in the field of the rights of people with disabilities for many years; she is a World Bank’s consultant on the rights of people with disabilities in the Caribbean region; is the first holder of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities since December 1, 2014.
This is Ms. Devandas-Aguilar’s first visit to Kazakhstan and to our region. She held a number of meetings with the government, visited several institutions where people with disabilities live or are receiving services, and also met with non-governmental organizations, initiative groups and individual activists in the field of the rights of disabled people.
In March 2018, a review of the Special Rapporteur on the results of the visit and on the implementation by Kazakhstan of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (ratified by Kazakhstan in 2015) will be presented, the conclusions and recommendations in which will help improve the situation for 627,000 people with disabilities in Kazakhstan.
The UN Special Rapporteurs are independent human rights experts authorized to prepare reports and advise on the human rights situation in a particular country or on a specific subject. There are 44 rapporteurs on various subjects currently working in the world. Special rapporteurs are not employed by the UN system, and fulfill their functions without any consideration, which ensures the impartiality and independence of their work.