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CRPD List of Countries: Convention, Optional Protocol Signatures, Ratifications

  • Published: 2014-09-22 (Rev. 2016-03-26) - Contact: United Nations Human Rights Commissioner at UNHRC
  • Synopsis: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Information and list of ratified countries.

Definition: CRPD

The United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the year 2006. The CRPD was officially opened for nations to sign on March 30th of 2007; it is now 2011. The Convention, 'entered into force,' meant it became law for nations that ratified it on May 3rd, 2008. America signed the CRPD on July 30th, 2009 - joining more than one-hundred and forty other nations that had already signed the treaty. Signing of the treaty creates the obligation to not violate the object and purpose of it, yet State Parties are not bound to uphold the specific obligations of the CRPD until they ratify it.

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"The CRPD noted that the Convention had promoted increasing awareness of the importance of the involvement of persons with disabilities in decisions affecting their lives and rights."

Ratification of UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities Reaches 150 Countries

Guyana became the latest state to ratify the Convention, which has been in force since 2008 and has seen one of the fastest rates of ratification of any of the international human rights treaties.

"The 150th ratification is evidence of the commitment by the international community to promote and protect the human rights of persons with disabilities," said Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes on behalf of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which monitors how states implement the Convention.

"This Convention, in force for just six years, has been ratified across all regions and cultures, and is on the way to becoming universally recognized. We call on those states still to ratify to do so," said Cisternas, who chairs the CRPD.

The rapid and widespread ratification of the Convention, according to Cisternas, "highlights the growing awareness that people with disabilities suffer serious gaps in the enjoyment of their rights and that these gaps need to be addressed."

The Convention sets out the obligations of States Parties to promote, protect and ensure the rights of all people with disabilities and promotes equal rights in all areas of life.

"There is still much to be done but the Committee believes that the decision by states to ratify the Convention is a good basis for seeing progress in vital areas, such as addressing the barriers people with disabilities face in accessing services and information," said Cisternas.

The CRPD noted that the Convention had promoted increasing awareness of the importance of the involvement of persons with disabilities in decisions affecting their lives and rights.

"A key message from persons with disabilities is that there should be 'nothing about us without us', and we in the Committee aim to foster this view in our dealings with States Parties, civil society, national human rights institutions and regional monitoring bodies, as well as with other UN agencies," said Cisternas.

NOTE: Table Below Added by Disabled World
(Current as at 15 Feb. 2015)

CountryConvention Signature DateProtocol Signature DateConvention Ratification DateProtocol Ratification Date
AfghanistanN/AN/A18-9-201218-9-2012
Albania22-12-2009N/A11-2-2013N/A
Algeria30-3-200730-3-20074-12-2009N/A
Andorra27-4-200727-4-200711-3-201411-3-2014
AngolaN/AN/A19-5-201419-5-2014
Antigua and Barbuda30-3-200730-3-2007N/AN/A
Argentina30-3-200730-3-20072-9-20082-9-2008
Armenia30-3-200730-3-200722-9-2010N/A
Australia30-3-2007N/A17-7-200821-8-2009
Austria30-3-200730-3-200726-9-200826-9-2008
Azerbaijan9-1-20089-1-200828-1-200928-1-2009
Bahamas24-9-2013N/AN/AN/A
Bahrain25-6-2007N/A22-9-2011N/A
Bangladesh9-5-2007N/A30-11-200712-5-2008
Barbados19-7-2007N/A27-2-2013N/A
Belgium30-3-200730-3-20072-7-20092-7-2009
Belize9-5-2011N/A2-6-2011N/A
Benin8-2-20088-2-20085-7-20125-7-2012
Bhutan21-9-2010N/AN/AN/A
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)13-8-200713-8-200716-11-200916-11-2009
Bosnia and Herzegovina29-7-200929-7-200912-3-201012-3-2010
Brazil30-3-200730-3-20071-8-20081-8-2008
Brunei Darussalam18-12-2007N/AN/AN/A
Bulgaria27-9-200718-12-200822-3-2012N/A
Burkina Faso23-5-200723-5-200723-7-200923-7-2009
Burundi26-4-200726-4-200722-5-201422-5-2014
Cambodia1-10-20071-10-200720-12-2012N/A
Cameroon1-10-20081-10-2008N/AN/A
Canada30-3-2007N/A11-3-2010N/A
Cape Verde30-3-2007N/A10-10-2011N/A
Central African Republic9-5-20079-5-2007N/AN/A
Chad26-9-201226-9-2012N/AN/A
Chile30-3-200730-3-200729-7-200829-7-2008
China30-3-2007N/A1-8-2008N/A
Colombia30-3-2007N/A10-5-2011N/A
Comoros26-9-2007N/AN/AN/A
Congo (Republic of the)30-3-200730-3-20072-9-20142-9-2014
Cook IslandsN/AN/A8-5-20098-5-2009
Costa Rica30-3-200730-3-20071-10-20081-10-2008
Cote d Ivoire7-6-20077-6-200710-1-2014N/A
Croatia30-3-200730-3-200715-8-200715-8-2007
Cuba26-4-2007N/A6-9-2007N/A
Cyprus30-3-200730-3-200727-6-201127-6-2011
Czech Republic30-3-200730-3-200728-9-2009N/A
Denmark30-3-2007N/A24-7-200923-9-2014
DjiboutiN/AN/A18-6-201218-6-2012
Dominica30-3-2007N/A1-10-20121-10-2012
Dominican Republic30-3-200730-3-200718-8-200918-8-2009
DPR of Korea3-7-2013N/AN/AN/A
Ecuador30-3-200730-3-20073-4-20083-4-2008
Egypt4-4-2007N/A14-4-2008N/A
El Salvador30-3-200730-3-200714-12-200714-12-2007
Estonia25-9-2007N/A30-5-201230-5-2012
Ethiopia30-3-2007N/A7-7-2010N/A
European Union30-3-2007N/A23-12-2010N/A
Fiji2-6-20102-6-2010N/AN/A
Finland30-3-200730-3-2007N/AN/A
France30-3-200723-9-200818-2-201018-2-2010
Gabon30-3-200725-9-20071-10-200726-6-2014
Georgia10-7-200910-7-200913-3-2014N/A
Germany30-3-200730-3-200724-2-200924-2-2009
Ghana30-3-200730-3-200731-7-201231-7-2012
Greece30-3-200727-9-201031-5-201231-5-2012
Grenada12-7-2010N/A27-8-2014N/A
Guatemala30-3-200730-3-20077-4-20097-4-2009
Guinea16-5-200731-8-20078-2-20088-2-2008
Guinea-Bissau24-9-201324-9-201324-9-2014N/A
Guyana11-4-2007N/A10-9-2014N/A
HaitiN/AN/A23-7-200923-7-2009
Honduras30-3-200723-8-200714-4-200816-8-2010
Hungary30-3-200730-3-200720-7-200720-7-2007
Iceland30-3-200730-3-2007N/AN/A
India30-3-2007N/A1-10-2007N/A
Indonesia30-3-2007N/A30-11-2011N/A
Iran (Islamic Republic of)N/AN/A23-10-2009N/A
IraqN/AN/A20-3-2013N/A
Ireland30-3-2007N/AN/AN/A
Israel30-3-2007N/A28-9-2012N/A
Italy30-3-200730-3-200715-5-200915-5-2009
Jamaica30-3-200730-3-200730-3-2007N/A
Japan28-9-2007N/A20-1-2014N/A
Jordan30-3-200730-3-200731-3-2008N/A
Kazakhstan11-12-200811-12-2008N/AN/A
Kenya30-3-2007N/A19-5-2008N/A
KiribatiN/AN/A27-9-2013N/A
KuwaitN/AN/A22-8-2013N/A
Kyrgyzstan21-9-2011N/AN/AN/A
Lao Peoples Democratic Republic15-1-2008N/A25-9-2009N/A
Latvia18-7-200822-1-20101-3-201031-8-2010
Lebanon14-6-200714-6-2007N/AN/A
LesothoN/AN/A2-12-2008N/A
Liberia30-3-200730-3-200726-7-2012N/A
Libya1-5-2008N/AN/AN/A
Lithuania30-3-200730-3-200718-8-201018-8-2010
Luxembourg30-3-200730-3-200726-9-201126-9-2011
Madagascar25-9-200725-9-2007N/AN/A
Malawi27-9-2007N/A27-8-2009N/A
Malaysia8-4-2008N/A19-7-2010N/A
Maldives2-10-2007N/A5-4-2010N/A
Mali15-5-200715-5-20077-4-20087-4-2008
Malta30-3-200730-3-200710-10-201210-10-2012
MauritaniaN/AN/A3-4-20123-4-2012
Mauritius25-9-200725-9-20078-1-2010N/A
Mexico30-3-200730-3-200717-12-200717-12-2007
Micronesia (Federated States of)23-9-2011N/AN/AN/A
Monaco23-9-2009N/AN/AN/A
MongoliaN/AN/A13-5-200913-5-2009
Montenegro27-9-200727-9-20072-11-20092-11-2009
Morocco30-3-2007N/A8-4-20098-4-2009
Mozambique30-3-2007N/A30-1-201230-1-2012
MyanmarN/AN/A7-12-2011N/A
Namibia25-4-200725-4-20074-12-20074-12-2007
NauruN/AN/A27-6-2012N/A
Nepal3-1-20083-1-20087-5-20107-5-2010
Netherlands30-3-2007N/AN/AN/A
New Zealand30-3-2007N/A25-9-2008N/A
Nicaragua30-3-200721-10-20087-12-20072-2-2010
Niger30-3-20072-8-200724-6-200824-6-2008
Nigeria30-3-200730-3-200724-9-201024-9-2010
Norway30-3-2007N/A3-6-2013N/A
Oman17-3-2008N/A6-1-2009N/A
Pakistan25-9-2008N/A5-7-2011N/A
Palau20-9-2011N/A11-6-201311-6-2013
Panama30-3-200730-3-20077-8-20077-8-2007
Papua New Guinea2-6-2011N/A26-9-2013N/A
Paraguay30-3-200730-3-20073-9-20083-9-2008
Peru30-3-200730-3-200730-1-200830-1-2008
Philippines25-9-2007N/A15-4-2008N/A
Poland30-3-2007N/A25-9-2012N/A
Portugal30-3-200730-3-200723-9-200923-9-2009
Qatar9-7-20079-7-200713-5-2008N/A
Republic of Korea30-3-2007N/A11-12-2008N/A
Republic of Moldova30-3-2007N/A21-9-2010N/A
Romania26-9-200725-9-200831-1-2011N/A
Russian Federation24-9-2008N/A25-9-2012N/A
RwandaN/AN/A15-12-200815-12-2008
Samoa24-9-2014N/AN/AN/A
San Marino30-3-200730-3-200722-2-200822-2-2008
Saudi ArabiaN/AN/A24-6-200824-6-2008
Senegal25-4-200725-4-20077-9-2010N/A
Serbia17-12-200717-12-200731-7-200931-7-2009
Seychelles30-3-200730-3-20072-10-2009N/A
Sierra Leone30-3-200730-3-20074-10-2010N/A
Singapore30-11-2012N/A18-7-2013N/A
Slovakia26-9-200726-9-200726-5-201026-5-2010
Slovenia30-3-200730-3-200724-4-200824-4-2008
Solomon Islands23-9-200824-9-2009N/AN/A
South Africa30-3-200730-3-200730-11-200730-11-2007
Spain30-3-200730-3-20073-12-20073-12-2007
Sri Lanka30-3-2007N/AN/AN/A
St. Lucia22-9-2011N/AN/AN/A
St. Vincent and the GrenadinesN/AN/A29-10-201029-10-2010
State of PalestineN/AN/A2-4-2014N/A
Sudan30-3-2007N/A24-4-200924-4-2009
Suriname30-3-2007N/AN/AN/A
Swaziland25-9-200725-9-200724-9-201224-9-2012
Sweden30-3-200730-3-200715-12-200815-12-2008
SwitzerlandN/AN/A15-4-2014N/A
Syrian Arab Republic30-3-2007N/A10-7-200910-7-2009
Thailand30-3-2007N/A29-7-2008N/A
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia30-3-200729-7-200929-12-201129-12-2011
Togo23-9-200823-9-20081-3-20111-3-2011
Tonga15-11-2007N/AN/AN/A
Trinidad and Tobago27-9-2007N/AN/AN/A
Tunisia30-3-200730-3-20072-4-20082-4-2008
Turkey30-3-200728-9-200928-9-2009N/A
TurkmenistanN/AN/A4-9-200810-11-2010
TuvaluN/AN/A18-12-2013N/A
Uganda30-3-200730-3-200725-9-200825-9-2008
Ukraine24-9-200824-9-20084-2-20104-2-2010
United Arab Emirates8-2-200812-2-200819-3-2010N/A
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland30-3-200726-2-20098-6-20097-8-2009
United Republic of Tanzania30-3-200729-9-200810-11-200910-11-2009
United States of America30-7-2009N/AN/AN/A
Uruguay3-4-2007N/A11-2-200928-10-2011
Uzbekistan27-2-2009N/AN/AN/A
Vanuatu17-5-2007N/A23-10-2008N/A
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)N/AN/A24-9-201324-9-2013
Viet Nam22-10-2007N/A5-2-2015N/A
Yemen30-3-200711-4-200726-3-200926-3-2009
Zambia9-5-200829-9-20081-2-2010N/A
ZimbabweN/AN/A23-9-201323-9-2013

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