The online review of #France by the UN Disability Committee starts today at 12.30 pm CET. You can watch the dialogue live in English, French and International Sign. #CRPD25 #CRPDNow

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L'évaluation de la France par le Comité ONU sur le handicap commence aujourd'hui, en ligne, à 12h30. Vous pouvez suivre la session en anglais, français et langue des signes internationale. #CDPH25

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Review of France starts now with an introduction by French delegation and presentation of the French report by the Secretary of State in charge of People with Disabilities @s_cluzel. Today the Committee will ask questions on articles 1 to 10 of the UN Convention. #CRPD25
@s_cluzel .@Defenseurdroits welcomes commitments made by the French government on the rights of persons with disabilities. However, there are various areas in which challenges remain: human rights based approach to disability, accessibility, barriers in education, health, employment. (1/2)
Discrimination and stereotypes against persons with disabilities are still taking place. There is also a lack of data and statistics disaggregated by disability. (2/2)
.@CNCDH raises concerns about guardianship regimes and other measures for substituted decision makings, issues in access to justice, involuntary treatments and deprivation of liberty.
The Committee rapporteur for France @JonasRuskus welcomes the French delegation and thanks organisations of persons with disabilities for their reports submitted to the UN Committee. (1/2)
.@JonasRuskus congratulates France for measures on employment and its national disability plan. However, all measures are not in line with the CRPD. They are not rights-based. A medical model is still applied, for ex in relation to autism, intellectual & psychosocial disability.
.@JonasRuskus informs about the Committee concerns on involuntary treatment and placements and opposition to the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention. He asks what is the position of France on the protocol. (2/2) #WithdrawOviedo
A. Gamio asked about measures taken by France to align its legislation with the UN Convention, in particular when it comes to independent living and desinstitutionalisation.
G. Dondovdorj asks about measures to withdraw laws contrary to the Convention, and measures to ensure the implementation of the 2000 Hague Convention on vulnerable adults is implemented in line with the Convention and EU Council conclusions adopted in 2021. (1/2)
G. Dondovdorj also requested information on the participation of persons with disabilities, including budget, in the national consultative council of persons with disabilities. (2/2)
R. Martin requested info on involvement of persons with intellectual disabilities, training on the Convention in the government and judiciary, and accessibility of information (braille, easy to read, sign language).
M. Schefer asks about invocability of the Convention in individual cases (before a court) and on measures to support victims with disabilities in line with the Convention and the EU Victims' Rights Strategy.
.@gofefoame asks about the rights of women and girls with disabilities and accessibility, including in relation to the commitment made on women's rights and accessibility of platform after failure to ensure accessibility of the Generation Equality Forum in Paris in June 2021.
O. Fitoussi requests info on services provided to parents of children with autism, policies to support children with intellectual disabilities and measures to prevent murders of children with autism.
France continues to support the adoption of the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention on involuntary treatment and placement in psychiatry.

The representative said that in their views "it does not violate the CRPD" despites the position expressed by the Committee.
French representatives says that national consultative council has a specific budget for travels and accessibility and that summaries are published in Easy to read. Persons with disabilities not part of the Council can participate in other bodies to raise their voice.
France announces that it is investing in accessibility and availability of digital services, platforms, and the digital space as an all, including online voting platform. "There are a lot of objectives to deliver in 2021 and 2022."
France confirms that the Convention has a direct effect in the French legal system. The Court of Cassation (French higher court) should "remind lower courts of this, if needs be." In addition, training and awareness raising is available for the judiciary.
According to France, hotlines to report violence and shelters for victims are accessible to victims with disabilities.
Since 2014 #women have a role in the consultative and representatives bodies. Women should be allowed to freedom of choice regarding "the path they want to follow".
The French representative mentions the organsiation @FDFA_Contact as supporting the rights of women and girls with disabilities.
The French government said it put in place services to support parents of children with disabilities, including single parents. (No details on the specific services)
In 2017 France reviewed its policies on #autism and a national strategy was adopted in 2018. "There are now more significant financial means to implement the strategy with 5 main commitments including regarding children such as early screening and schooling."
The gov said that France is committed to support parents of autistic children and that more children with autism are included in mainstream schools (in 2020, there was 42.000).
Instead of sending children to Belgium, France is trying to "find solution within its territory". Children with disabilities cannot be "sent or placed somewhere without consent". The focus is to provide tailored solution within France, says the French representative.
France is also trying to support the return of children and adults in institutions in Belgium back to France. Now "no forced exile can occur".
France explains that its objective is mass schooling and access to mainstream schools for children with disabilities. Since 2017, there is an increase of 25% of access to education by children with disabilities. "There is still a lot to be done."
Committees members asked questions on articles 11 to 20 to which the French governments will have to reply on Friday, at 12.30 pm CET. #CRPD25 #CRPDNow
V. Torrijos asked about the situation of children with disabilities in medico-social institutions and the hospitalisation of children with autism. She also asked about #COVID19 vaccination of persons with disabilities.
R. Martin asked about measures taken to ensure that the ratification of the 2000 Hague Convention on vulnerable adults does not lead to more substituted decision making. He also asked about measures for people with disabilities to live in the community, where and how they want.
S. Kabue requested info on access to justice, mentioning issues faced by #Deaf people not having access to interpreters and even Deaf suspect being detained longer because of it.
.@AmaliaGamio asked what make France believe that the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention is not in violation of the #CRPD? Is France finally going to oppose to its adoption? #WithdrawOviedo (1/2)
.@AmaliaGamio also asked about coercion against people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities, and about measure to prevent violence, especially when service providers are the perpetrators. (2/2)
M. Kim requested info on cases of abuses against persons with disabilities, especially women and girls, and measures and policies to combat violence, involuntary treatment and placement, including retrains.
M. Gabrilli asked about accessibility and reasonable accommodation in shelters for victims and action plan to make a correlation between gender based violence and violence faced by persons with disabilities.
M. Schefer requested information about #Roma and #Travellers with disabilities: does France collect information and data? What measures are in place to protect their rights and combat discrimination?
D. Basharu asked about mobility, including access to mobility devices, by persons with disabilities.
.@JonasRuskus asked followed up questions on articles 5, 6, 7 and 10 of the Convention, including anti discrimination law, number of women with disabilities, measures to tackle bullying of children, high suicide rate, and deaths in institutions.

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The online review of #France by the UN Disability Committee continues today at 12.30 pm CET. You can watch the dialogue live in English, French and International Sign. #CRPD25 #CRPDNow


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The public meeting between the Committee and the French representatives resumes now.

Today the Committee will examine the implementation by France of articles 11 to 21 of the UN Convention and follow-up on issues raised during the dialogue on Wednesday. #CRPD25 #CRPDNow
France says that since 2017, non-discrimination is at the heart of the gov policies. According to the representative, accessible helplines are available for victims with disabilities.
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