Side Event on Children with Disabilities during COSP 12

In cooperation with Disability Rights International (DRI) and Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI), ENIL is organising a side event during the 12th Conference of States Parties (COSP 12) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New York (10 – 13 June 2019).


Topic: Right to Family for Children and Placement in Residential Care/Group Homes: Implications of the CRPD for international standards and practice

Time and place: 10th June 2019, 18:30 – 20:30, Room CR11

Description: Throughout the world, millions of children with and without disabilities grow up without family in orphanages and institutions. In recent years, internationally-funded reform programs have moved children from large institutions to residential care and group homes. The UN General Comment No.5 states that, for children, the right to community integration entails a right to live in a family. GC#5 says smaller institutions, residential care and group homes are no substitute for family. UN standards to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), such as the Guidelines on Alternative Care, allow placement in residential care and group homes. As the international community celebrates the 30th anniversary of the CRC, common standards and understandings are needed to inform international practice. Panelists will examine the requirements of international law, findings from scientific research and disability experiences. Sign language and English-Spanish interpreters provided.


Catalina Devandas Aguilar, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Robert Martin, Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Eric Rosenthal, Executive Director, Disability Rights International
Nadia Hadad, Board member, European Network on Independent Living
Dr. Joan Kaufman, John Hopkins University and Kennedy Krieger Institute
Ignacio Campoy Cervera,  CRPD-CRC Committee Working Group
UNICEF representative (to be confirmed)

Contact person: Eric Rosenthal,

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