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Important Notice: As of 1 November 2023, Ms. Heba Hagrass (Egypt) has been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as the current Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. This site now serves as an archive of the work and contributions of Mr. Gerard Quinn during his tenure. For the latest updates and official communications from the Special Rapporteur, please visit the UN Special Rapporteurs Page.

How the work is done

How the work is done

At the start of his mandate, Gerard presented his vision of how to carry out his mandate. In that presentation, he explains thematic priorities and a methodology of work based on understanding the many intersectional aspects of discrimination and stigma.  You can read it here.

As UN Special Rapporteur, Gerard's main duties are:

Reporting global progress and challenges: Like all UN Mandate holders, Gerard reports to the Human Rights Council and to the UN General Assembly once a year respectively, on issues that are important to the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities. The information and recommendations included in those reports can be used by States to change harmful policies and practices, and they also help organizations and advocates to inform their discussions with governments to advance inclusive practices that protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities.

Supporting national implementation of the CRPD: Gerard visits 2 countries signatories of the treaty every year, to examine with authorities, civil society organizations and individual experts the progress made in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities, make suggestions and provide technical advice. Learn about his country visits.

Calling on authorities to take action against human rights violations: Like all UN Mandate holders, Gerard can be securely contacted to submit information regarding human rights violations. Once they review the information, they decide on the best way to act, such as sending urgent appeals and communications to concerned States to clarify and/or bring the information to their attention. Find out about Submitting Complaints here.