Launch of the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor Dashboard
Since 20 April 2020, through a global survey, the COVID-19
Disability Rights Monitor (DRM) has been gathering data
to conduct rapid independent monitoring of state measures concerning persons
with disabilities in the context of the pandemic.
Today, the initiative reaches a new milestone with the launch of the COVID-19 DRM Dashboard that allows the
public to explore the survey’s preliminary results. The Dashboard highlights the voices of persons with disabilities and provides a
vivid picture of the extent to which countries have responded to the specific
impacts of the virus on persons with disabilities.
With over 1,600 responses already received
from more than 120 countries worldwide, the information shows a failure by many
States to adopt disability-inclusive responses to the pandemic and guarantee
protections for fundamental rights to life, health, safety, information and
support as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with
“I am a disabled person living alone. I have to take care of myself, I do this with the help of stores that allow ordering. I do not receive any financial or other support. They contacted me on the phone, they could help me get food and / or medicine once a week if I wanted to. In addition, no assistance was provided by the government or any other institution. I live in a condominium, I would use the stair railings for transportation, but I don’t dare because I don’t know if anyone would disinfect them,” person with disabilities, Hungary
“I am concerned about people in institutions, many of them are probably abandoned, due to the lack of interest in their health and well-being, regardless of the pandemic. These people do not interest the population, nor the institutions,” family member of person with disabilities, Mexico
The survey is currently available in 22
languages and will remain open until 31 July 2020.
The coalition coordinating the initiative are
calling on governments and national monitoring bodies to show their commitment
to persons with disabilities by completing the survey and explaining what
measures they have been taking to mitigate the worst impacts.
The DRM Dashboard features an interactive
map and country pages, provides aggregated data on responses to key thematic
questions, and provides weekly briefings on the crucial issues shared by respondents.
Emerging themes include intense feelings of isolation, concerns over discriminatory
barriers to accessing healthcare services, the lack of accessible information and
increasing evidence of the enhanced dangers in residential facilities,
institutions and care homes.
“The government’s focus is in urban areas. People in rural and remote areas in the highlands of Lesotho have been generally neglected. There are soldiers and police to force them to stay in their homes. This applies to persons with disabilities,” Human Rights Organisation, Lesotho
“There has been no mention of people with disabilities living in residential facilities at all,” Organisation of Persons with Disabilities, South Africa
“No personal protective equipment for homecare workers, little controls or protocols at retirement or group homes,” family member of a person with disabilities, United States of America
The initiative also aims to collect data
from governments and independent monitoring bodies and to increase public
awareness of the need for urgent actions to protect human rights.
Coordinated by a coalition of seven leading organisations promoting
the human rights of persons with disabilities, the initiative has been endorsed
by Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities, Dainius Pūras, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health,
and Ikponwosa Ero, UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by
persons with albinism. It has also been welcomed by the Director-General of the
World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus.
The Validity Foundation – Mental
Disability Advocacy Centre is an international
non-governmental human rights organisation which uses legal strategies to
promote, protect and defend the human rights of persons with intellectual
disabilities and persons with psychosocial disabilities in Europe and Africa.
Validity holds special consultative status with ECOSOC and participatory status
at the Council of Europe. Website: www.validity.ngo.
The European Network on Independent
Living (ENIL) is an international network of
disabled people, with members throughout Europe. ENIL is a forum for all
disabled people, Independent Living organizations and their non-disabled allies
on the issues of Independent Living. ENIL represents the disability movement
for human rights and social inclusion based on solidarity, peer support,
deinstitutionalization, democracy, self-representation, cross disability and
self-determination. Website: www.enil.eu.
The International Disability Alliance
(IDA) is an Alliance of 14 global and regional
organisations of persons with disabilities. Together, the IDA Members promote
the rights of persons with disabilities across the United Nations’ efforts to
advance human rights and sustainable development. IDA supports organisations of
persons with disabilities to hold their governments to account and advocate for
change locally, nationally and internationally. Website:www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org.
Disability Rights International (DRI) is a human rights advocacy organization dedicated to the
protection and full community inclusion of children and adults with
disabilities worldwide. DRI documents human rights violations, educates and
engages the public through media campaigns, trains and supports activists
working to bring change, and conducts strategic litigation to enforce the
rights of people with disabilities. DRI’s Worldwide Campaign to End the
Institutionalization of Children is dedicated to promoting the recognition and
enforcement of the right of all children to live and grow up with a family and
not in any form of institution, orphanage, or group home. DRI is an
organization led by people with disabilities and their families. Website:www.driadvocacy.org.
The Disability Rights Unit at the Centre
for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, is
committed to finding evidence-based ways of addressing the rights of persons
with disabilities on the African continent. This includes conducting research
on international disability rights standards and instruments, building capacity
among governments, national human rights institutions, academia, civil society
and communities, and engaging with judicial, quasi-judicial and non-judicial
redress mechanisms. Website:https://www.chr.up.ac.za/units/disability-rights-unit.
The International Disability and
Development Consortium (IDDC) is a global consortium
of 31 disability and development non-governmental organisations (NGOs),
mainstream development NGOs and representative organisations of persons with
disabilities (DPOs) supporting inclusive international development and
humanitarian action with a special focus on the full and effective enjoyment of
human rights by all people with disabilities in more than 150 countries around
the world. Website: www.iddcconsortium.net.
The Disability Rights Fund (DRF), and its sister
organization, the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF), are pooled
funds and participatory grantmakers, bringing together global disability rights
activists and donors to resource organizations of persons with disabilities
across Africa, Asia, Pacific and Caribbean to advocate for advancement of the
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at national and
local levels. With more than 50% of grants supporting organizations of persons
with disabilities marginalized within the disability movement, DRF supports
persons with disabilities around the world to build diverse movements, ensure
inclusive development agendas, and achieve equal rights and opportunity for
all. DRAF supports work to advance legal frameworks to realize rights.