Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Hungary (CRPD 20 May 2022)

1. The Committee considered the combined second and third periodic reports of Hungary1 at its 555th, 557th and 559th meetings, held in a hybrid mode on 8, 9 and 10 March 2022. It adopted the present concluding observations at its 582nd meeting, held in a hybrid mode on 25 March 2022.

2. The Committee welcomesthe combined second and third periodic reports of Hungary, which were prepared in accordance with the Committee’s reporting guidelines and in response to its list of issues prior to reporting.

3. The Committee commends the State party for having agreed to having its combined second and third periodic reports reviewed in hybrid format, given the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. It appreciates the fruitful and sincere dialogue held with the State party’s delegation in Geneva and connected online from the capital, and commends the State party for its diverse and multisectoral delegation, which included representatives of relevant government ministries. The Committee also appreciates the participation of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights in his capacity of independent monitoring mechanism, pursuant to article 33 (2) of the Convention.

Concluding observations on the combined second and third
periodic reports of Hungary

III. Principal areas of concern and recommendations

A. General principles and obligations (arts. 1–4)

9. The Committee recalls its general comment No. 7 (2018) and urges the State party to:

(a) Strengthen mechanisms for the effective involvement of persons with disabilities through their representative organizations in public decision-making processes by adopting measures to safeguard their independence from public authorities and with the participation of the full range of organizations of persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, persons with intellectual disabilities, persons with psychosocial disabilities, intersex persons, women with disabilities, persons with disabilities living in rural areas, autistic persons, Roma and gender diverse persons with disabilities, those requiring high levels of support and refugees and migrant persons with disabilities;

(b) Provide organizations of persons with disabilities with accessible information, including information in Easy Read and other accessible formats, and with timetables of the consultation processes concerning any law and policy reforms related to persons with disabilities;

(c) Recognize the role of civil society organizations as human rights defenders, prohibit any reprisals against individuals and organizations promoting the rights of persons with disabilities and take measures to protect the civic space.

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