13 September 2012
Dr Lovászy from Hungary elected to the CRPD Committee
World Federation is pleased to congratulate Dr László Gábor Lovászy from Hungary on his election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The election took place on Wednesday at the Fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COP5) held in New York,USA where Dr Lovászy stood for election along with 21 other candidates. The Committee consists of 18 independent disability rights experts from all over the world.
Dr Lovászy is the first hard of hearing Committee member ever to join the CRPD Committee. Dr Lovászy has a wide experience and knowledge in disability and human rights law and has established close relationship with the deaf community. He has a strong understanding of sign language and deaf rights and WFD looks forward to working with Dr Lovászy and other members of the Committee to ensure the full implementation of the UN CRPD articles dealing with sign language and deaf culture.
WFD President Mr Colin Allen has invited Dr Lovászy to join the Board’s next meeting in Geneva, Switzerland in November. WFD President’s interview with the newly elected committee member will be published shortly at the WFD website. More information on Dr. Lovászy can be found at: http://lovaszy.webnode.hu/
World Federation of the Deaf is an international non-governmental organisation representing and promoting approximately 70 million Deaf people’s human rights worldwide. The WFD is a federation of 133 nations; its mission is to promote the human rights of deaf people and full, quality and equal access to all spheres of life, including self determination, sign language, education, employment and community life. WFD has a consultative status in the United Nations and is a member of International Disability Alliance (IDA).