Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities




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8-Participation au QATARen tant que membre du comité des droits des personnes handicapées à l'ONU, au séminaire par les parlementaires des Pays Arabes à propos de la nouvelle convention des droits des personnes handicapées-Doha- 14 au 15 Janvier 2009

9-Diffusion du contenu de la convention internationale des droits des personnes handicapées auprés des Personnes Handicapées, des professionnels du handicap, des parents et des ONG en Tunisie sur l’internet.

Liste des publications les plus récentes du candidat dans ce domaine:

1- Atlas Mondial des ressources en déficience intellectuelle.OPS/OMS-2007

2-Les Nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication aux services des personnes handicapées- Handicap et Prévention -3 Décembre 2005

3-L’accessibilité pour les personnes handicapées facteur d’intégration socio-professionnelle-Revue Handicap et Prévention – N° 21 -29 Mai 2006

4-Les activités sportives chez les personnes handicapées en Tunisie-Revue Handicap et Prévention – 5-10 N° 22 -3 Décembre 2006

5-Nouvelle procédure pour l’octroi de la carte de handicap-Journal d’ORL,de Chirugie cervico-faciale et d’Audiophonologie-2007-

6-Production de spots de sensiblisation sur le handicap à la télévision tunisienne

7-Conception d’un CD-ROM traitant des technologies de l’information et de la communication adaptées pour les personnes handicapées -distribué à l’occasion du sommet mondial des technologies de l’information et de la communication tenue sous l’égide des Nations-Unies à Tunis en 2005



Edah Wangechi Maina (Kenya)

Biographical data form of candidates to human rights treaty bodies

Name and first name: MS. MAINA WANGECHI EDAH

Date and place of birth: 18TH OCTOBER 1972, NAIROBI, KENYA

Working languages: ENGLISH, KISWAHILI and KIKUYU

Current position/function:

  1. Inaugural Vice President to the UNCPRD Committee and Rapporteur for the year 2010.

  2. Chair of the Working Group of the UNCRPD Committee charged with formulating a General Comment on Article 12.

  3. Consultant in areas of intellectual, mental and psychosocial disabilities recognized internationally.

Main professional activities:

  1. Consultant in the joint comparative study between KSMH and University of Cambridge on participation of persons with intellectual disabilities in the electoral processes.

  2. Envisioned and developed highly innovative tools for the implementation of National HIV/AIDS programme for persons with intellectual disabilities based on Augmentative and Alternative Modes of Communication and with Article 12 of the UNCRPD in practice.

  3. Achieved successful inclusion of persons with intellectual, mental and psychosocial disabilities in the electoral process for the first time in Kenya

  4. Consultant in supported access to the administrative, legal and judicial processes by persons with intellectual, mental and psychosocial disabilities.

  5. Actively involved in the implementation and monitoring of the UNCRPD in Africa.

Educational background:

  1. Gold Medal Holder, in Accounts, IMIS, UK (Year 1996 – 1997)

  2. Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (IMIS) UK

  3. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, JKUAT, Kenya

  4. Diploma in Business Management, Kenya School of Professional Studies

  5. Diploma in Special Education, Kenya Institute of Special Education

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned:

  1. Played an active role in the development of the core documents for the UNCRPD Committee among them, rules of procedures, working methods and reporting guidelines.

  2. Panelist on Article 12 of the UNCRPD in the address to the 10th Session of the Human Rights Council at Geneva.

  3. Panelist on Article 12 of the UNCRPD in the address to the 2nd Conference of State Parties to the CRPD in New York.

  4. Expert interviewee in the ILO Documentary on Opening Pathways to Training and Employment for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Africa, Lusaka, Zambia.

  5. Addressed the Conference of the European Ministers in the Council of Europe on participation of people with disabilities in political processes at Strasbourg, France.

List of most recent publications in the field:

  1. Media Articles and publications on Key areas of Disability in Kenya and the world.

  2. Know Your Rights in Augmentative & Alternative Modes of Communications (AAC).

  3. Participation of People with Intellectual Disabilities in the Electoral Process.

  4. Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Experience in the Kenyan Judicial Process.

  5. Gaps in laws of Kenya affecting persons with intellectual disabilities in the Disability Act.



Ronald Clive Mc Callum (Australia)

Biographical data form of candidates to human rights treaty bodies

Name and first name: McCallum, Ronald Clive

Date and place of birth: 8 October 1948, Melbourne, Australia

Working languages: English

Current position/function: Professsor of Labour Law at the University of Sydney

Main professional activities:

I have worked largely in my chosen occupation of legal academia. In 1993, I was appointed the Blake Dawson Waldron Professor in Industrial Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney. I was the first totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship in any faculty at any Australian university. From July 2002 to September 2007, I served as Dean of Law, University of Sydney, a position that afforded strong managerial and financial experience. Again, I was the first blind person to become Dean of any Faculty in Australia. I was the inaugural President of the Australian Labour Law Association and I served from mid-2001 to November 2009. From September 2006 to September 2009, I served as the Asian Regional Vice-President of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law.

Educational background:

B Juris. 1970 (Monash University); LLB (Hons) 1972 (Monash University); LLM 1974 (Queens Ontario).

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned:

As a person with a life-long disability, I have an understanding of what exclusion means and thus know the urgent need for making all human rights accessible for and inclusive of persons with disabilities. In November 2008 I was elected as a member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for a period of two years, and I am the 2010 Committee Chairman. In this role I have worked hard to contribute to the global effort to make information, education and employment available to all (see more information at www.ag.gov.au/mccallum). I have been a Director, and since 2006, a Deputy-Chair on the Board of Vision Australia, Australia's largest organisation for the blind where I have been especially involved in promoting computer-based assistive technologies for blind and vision impaired persons. Since 2003, I have been the Chair of the Board of Directors of Radio for the Print Handicapped of New South Wales Cooperative Ltd which operates Radio 2RPH. This radio station which operates a free to air channel, reads out newspapers, magazines and books for blind, vision impaired and other print handicapped persons. In September 2008, I was appointed as an inaugural member of the National Disability and Carer Council which was established by the Australian Government as an advisory body.

List of most recent publications in the field:

I have published extensively, writing books and more than 100 chapters, journals, articles and papers. My most recent publications in the field include: “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Some Reflections” (March 3, 2010) Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/30, and “In Search of Origins: Blindness in History and Law”, the 2nd Matt Laffan Lecture in Social Justice, University of Sydney, 27 April 2010, available at < http://sydney.edu.au/law/video/ > and shortly in the Australian Bar Review Vol 33.



Mwanalushi Muyunda (Zambia)

Name and first name: Mwanalushi, Muyunda (Prof)

Date and place of birth: 5th May, 1944, Mongu, Zambia

Working languages: English

Current position/ function:

I am a Chancellor for the Copperbelt University-Zambia. I run a consultancy firm which provides a wide range of services in General and Human Resource Management, Quality Management, Productivity Improvement, and Organization Development.

Main professional activities:

Taught at the University of Zambia (UNZA) and the Copperbelt University and also worked for the former Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM) limited. Among the positions held include, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNZA; Chief Industrial Psychologist and Senior Manager-Management Services Research and Industrial Relations in ZCCM; Chairman of a Commission of Inquiry; Chairman of three Boards of Directors; Vice Chairman for the University of Zambia Council; founder Chairman of the Zambia Institute of Public Policy Analysis (ZIPPA); President of the Southern African Universities Social Science Conference. I provide consultancy to both local and international organizations. Furthermore, I have authored four books, chapters in five books, numerous articles for both academic and professional journals, conference papers, technical reports and book reviews.

Educational background:

Ph.D. (Psychology-University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 1974

B.A (Psychology & Sociology), University of Zambia, 1971

Diploma in Social Work, 1967.

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned:

Advisor – Zambia Human Development Report Advisory Committee, (UNDP) Country Mission (January, 2009 to date); Chairman of the National Trust for the Disabled (September, 1999); Vice Chairman- National Economic Advisory Council (March 2000- ); Chairman- National Indaba on the Global Economic Crisis: A Wake-Up Call for the Zambia’s Economic Transformation (April 2009); Core-Chairman- Commonwealth Workshop on Constitution Making Process: SADC Region (July 2005).

I have been a member of the following associations: the Psychological Association of Zambia, the Institute of Human Resources management, the Zambia Chapter of the Professors’ World Peace Academy, the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, and the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Most recent publications in the field:

  1. University and Society: The Role of the University in National Development (1995)

  2. Motivation for Development: Enhancing Organizational Effectiveness (1992)

  3. Youth and Society in Zambia- Growing Up in a Changing Society (1990)

Berta Luz Pascual Melara (El Salvador)

Last name and first name: Pascual Melara, Berta Luz

Place and date of birth: San Salvador, El Salvador. March 16, 1985

Languages of work: Spanish, Salvadorian Sign Language (LESSA)

Current work position or duty: Chairman of the Salvadorian Deaf Association (A.S.S.) and teacher of Salvadorian Sign Language (LESSA).

Principal profesional activities:

  • Chairman of the Salvadorian Deaf Association (A.S.S.).

  • Head Councilor of the Deaf Sector before the National Consul of Integral Attention to the Disability Person (CONAIPD).

  • Unified work with other Organizations of and for the Disability Person.

  • Member of the Permanent Table of Human Rights of the Disability Person before the Governments Office of Civil Rights.

  • Candidate of the Disability Person Sector for the Expert Committee of the UN Convention.

Academic titles: Teacher Degree in Social Science for elementary school and high school.

Other principal activities related to the field in the corresponding government body:

  • Central American Training Workshop of Leadership, organization and pacification. (1999)

  • Regional Meeting of Deaf of Central America and the Caribbean.(2004)

  • First Encounter of Interpreters of Central America and the Caribbean.(2004)

  • Mini-Congress “Challenges for the Education and Culture of the Deaf People of Central America and the Caribbean”. (2004)

  • VIII Meeting of Deaf Associations of Central America and the Caribbean, Worldwide Federation of Deaf.(2006)

  • Project ACCESO National Forum of Community Based Rehabilitation. (2007)

  • Assistant of the Organization Committee of the XV Worldwide Congress of the Worldwide Federation of Deaf in Madrid, Spain.(2007)

  • Conference of Sexual Education for Disability People San Salvador, Santa Ana, San Miguel.(2007)

  • Conference about the Convention of the Rights of the Disability Person and its Enforcing Protocol.(2008-2009)

  • VI National Congress of the Current Situation of Deaf in Colombia “Past, Present and Future”. (2009)



Silvia Judith Quan Chang (Guatemala)

Silvia Judith Quan is a 40-year old visually disabled woman. Born in Guatemala, her academic qualifications include: a pre-graduate degree in Mathematics, a graduate degree in Chemistry, Post-graduate degrees in Social Management and in Gender Studies, and a M.A. in Human Rights.

Her work experiences includes: Academic and research work in Guatemala’s Universidad del Valle, social management in Guatemalan Foundation for Deaf-blind Children. She has also been researcher at the International Disability Rights Monitoring sponsored by Center for International Rehabilitation CIR(USA), and coordinator of the projects for research on disability and sexuality, and on gender and disability, both sponsored by the Guatemalan National Council for the Disabled (CONADI).

Since 2003 she is the Director of the Disability Rights Advocacy Unit at the Guatemalan Ombudsman’s Office (NHRI); she represents the Ombudsman´s Office at CONADI and does advocacy and promotion of human rights of people living with disabilities. She was instrumental for the Guatemalan Ombudsman´s resolutions declaring that human rights of people with disability had been violated, specifically: the rights to health, to accessible transportation, to education, to social security, to freedom of association, as well as labor rights. She has also promoted mediation as a successful conflict resolution methodology in those cases she has been required to intervene. In her advocacy work she has paid particularly attention to and promoted civil society demands

She played an important role in the UN Ad Hoc Committee which drafted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, serving as advisor to the Guatemalan delegation, and as member of the lobbying team representing the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development (IIDI). After the international treaty’s adoption, she has promoted and followed up on Guatemala’s ratification, and is currently monitoring the different processes that the government institutions have started to comply with the Convention’s provisions.

Her role as advocate with a gender perspective has also been outstanding at regional and international levels. She’s an active collaborator of the Latin-American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS). She has also been a speaker in conferences throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, in North America and Europe.

She’s a member of the Boston-based Disability Rights Fund’s (DRF) Global Advisory Panel and Steering Committee. The DRF is a collaborative project aimed at supporting persons with disabilities in the advancement of the UN Convention, by providing grants to organizations in developing countries in the Global South and in Eastern Europe.
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