International Cooperation in Disability Issues

International NHRI cooperation

ENNHRI CRPD Working Group

The CRPD Working Group operates under the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI). The HRC is actively involved in the working group.

The purpose of the working group is to:

  • Serve as a point of contact on disability rights among national human rights institutions (NHRIs), equality bodies and other independent monitoring mechanisms.
  • Identify, develop and promote good practice guidance on the role and actions of NHRIs in promoting, protecting and monitoring implementation of the CRPD in the European Network and internationally.
  • Coordinate participation of ENNHRI concerning CRPD at the UN Human Rights Council, the CRPD Committee, Conferences of State Parties and other CRPD-related events
  • Support the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) as necessary in relation to its role in the EU-level promotion and monitoring of CRPD implementation.


The Global Alliance of Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) is the international coordinator of the work of national human rights institutions.

The HRC participates in GANHRI activities and works to ensure that the rights of persons with disabilities be highlighted in GANHRI’s activities more strongly than is currently the case.

The HRC supports the establishment of a working group for disability rights in the GANHRI as well. It would, inter alia, facilitate enhanced information sharing with and learning from Australia and New Zealand, which ratified the CRPD much earlier than Finland did.