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    27 August 2013

    Reissued as received

    Media Advisory

    UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Review Austria

    Media invited to join the public sessions on 2-3 September live in Geneva or via webcast

    VIENNA/GENEVA, 27 August 2013, (UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) - The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is due to review Austria's record on 2 and 3 September in sessions that will be webcast live.

    As one of the 133 States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Austria is required to submit regular reports to the Committee.

    The CRPD, which is composed of 18 international independent human rights experts, will also engage in a dialogue with the delegation from the Austrian Government. It will also hear from organizations representing disabled persons, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and national human rights institutions.

    The sessions will take place on Monday 2 September from 15:00 to 18:00 and on Tuesday 3 September from 10:00 to 13:00 Geneva time (CEST) at Palais Wilson in Geneva.

    Austria's report and the issues likely to be discussed can be found here:

    Live webcasts of the public sessions can be viewed on:

    The Committee will also be reviewing Australia and El Salvador during this session and the concluding observations on all three countries will be made available on 13 September at:

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    For more information about the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

    To arrange an interview with a Committee member, please contact:

    Jorge Araya
    Telephone: (+41 22 917 9106)
    Email: jaraya[at]

    For more information and other media requests, please contact:

    Liz Throssell
    Telephone: (+41 (0) 22 917 9434)
    Email: ethrossell[at]