Abstract or Executive Summary:
- Key issues of concern and recommendations
- Methodology used to prepare report
- Who was involved in drafting the report
- How DPOs were involved and to what extent in the preparation of State Party Report
Key Issues and Principle Concerns:
- Purpose, definitions, general principles and general obligations (Articles 1-4)
- Specific rights covered under Articles 5 & 8-30
- Situation of women and children (Articles 6 & 7) and other groups
- Statistics and data collection, international cooperation and national implementation and monitoring (Articles 31-33)
- Limited number of time-bound recommendations
- Follow-up by DPOs at national level
Information in the parallel report should draw upon a wide range of sources such as: legislation and regulations and government reports on their implementation, domestic case law and published research and books. The report should reflect the experience of persons with disabilities throughout the State Party.
The report should not be worded in a tone that may be considered to be overly political and subjective opinions should not be included. The aim is for a constructive dialogue rather than conflict. On the other hand, do not hesitate to point out problems and suggest concrete measures to be taken. The report may also include suggested questions that could be raised by the Committee during the dialogue with the State Party.
The parallel report should ideally be submitted within six months of the State Party report.