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The IDRM reports are important because they achieve awareness-raising through the research...and they support disability advocates in their work by improving the quality of available information. The disability advocates can use the report as a very effective tool of advocacy, in order to demonstrate how the state is either complying or not with the International Human Rights Law, what kind of policies and practices related to people with disabilities have been adopted and to lobby for changes in laws and policies."

- Eirini-Maria Gounari, Researcher and Writer, IDRM Greece Regional Report
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Regional Reports

The primary focus of the International Disability Rights Monitor (IDRM) project is a series of regional reports. From time to time, the IDRM will also produce reports with a specific theme, for example, after the natural disaster of the tsunami in December 2005, the IDRM produced a report that documented Disability and Early Tsunami Relief Efforts. To date, the project has completed regional reports on the Americas, Asia, and its latest report on Europe. The IDRM regional reports are compiled by local IDRM researchers in each of the countries included in the report.

The IDRM country reports focus on several key areas such as legal protections, education, employment, accessibility and health and housing services for people with disabilities. IDRM regional reports include a collection of country reports and also a report card which allows comparsion of progress made by countries across the region.

IDRM reports can be downloaded from this website, if you would like a printed copy you can order them from here.

IDRM Regional & Themed Reports
 
Image of the IDRM Regional Report of Europe cover. IDRM: Regional Report of Europe
Completed in 2007, the IDRM: Regional Report of Europe is the first report of its kind to be published following the passage of the International Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. Researchers from 14 European countries contributed to this report that outlines the level of inclusiveness of people living with disabilities from across a wide geographical region. The findings from this report will play a key role to upcoming discussions during the United Nation's 2008 Human Right's calendar.

Download: Regional Report of Europe 2007 
(English, PDF, 5.79MB)

 
Image of the IDRM Regional Report of Asia cover. IDRM: Regional Report of Asia
The second IDRM regional report was released in August 2005. IDRM: Regional Report of Asia was presented to the United Nations in August 2005 during the 6th meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee that debated the proposed international convention on the rights of people with disabilities. The report was produced in partnership with Disabled Peoples International and included country reports on Cambodia, China, India, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Download: Regional Report of Asia 2005 
(English, PDF, 4.72MB)

 
Image of the IDRM Regional Report of the Americas cover. IDRM: Regional Report of the Americas
The CIR published the first regional report, IDRM: Regional Report of the Americas, in August of 2004. This report was formally presented to the UN during the 4th Ad Hoc Committee meeting. The situation of people with disabilities is comprehensively described and documented for 24 countries in the region. The IDRM research network in the Americas is now in the process of updating that report.

Download: Regional Report of the Americas 
(English, PDF, 9.8MB)


Download: Regional Report of the Americas 2005 
(Spanish, PDF, 9.8MB)

 
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IDRM: Disability and Early Tsunami Relief Efforts in India, Indonesia and Thailand
The most recent IDRM thematic report, IDRM: Disability and Early Tsunami Relief Efforts in India, Indonesia and Thailand, was released in September 2005. The report is a joint project of the CIR and the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability. The project evaluated the availability and accessibility of critical services for people with disabilities during the phases of relief and reconstruction after the December 2004 tsunami. The resulting report provides a look at how governments, international relief organizations and local disability organizations responded to the needs of people with disabilities in the aftermath of the tsunami.

Download: Disability and Early Tsunami Relief Efforts in India, Indonesia and Thailand
(English, PDF, 1.2MB)

  International Disability Rights Compendium
In June 2003, the CIR published the International Disability Rights Compendium. The Compendium is a comparative analysis of the living conditions and legal protections of people with disabilities in 52 countries around the world.

Download: International Disability Rights Compendium
(English, PDF, 3.5MB)
 
  International Disability Rights: An Overview and Comparative Analysis of International and National Initiatives to Promote and Protect the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
On March 30, 2005, the CIR hosted a joint workshop at the Law Library of Congress. The proceedings, entitled International Disability Rights: An Overview and Comparative Analysis of International and National Initiatives to Promote and Protect the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, contain a follow-up to the 2003 International Disability Rights Compendium. This publication contains legal research on 16 countries around the world. Taken together, the legal analysis of these reports acts as an important counterpoint to the IDRM regional reports, which document the results of such legal initiatives.

Download: International Disability Rights: An Overview and Comparative Analysis of International and National Initiatives to Promote and Protect the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(English, PDF, 2.2MB)

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