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CHAPTER IV
HUMAN RIGHTS
15 .a Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
New York, 13 December 2006
Entry into force
:
3 May 2008, in accordance with article 13(1).
Registration :
3 May 2008, No. 44910
Status :
Signatories : 92. Parties : 80
Text :
Note :
The above Optional Protocol was adopted on 13 December 2006 during the sixty-first session of the General Assembly by resolution A/RES/61/106.  In accordance with its article 10, the Optional Protocol shall be open for signature by all signatory States and regional integration organizations of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at United Nations Headquarters in New York as of 30 March 2007.
Participant
Signature
Formal confirmation(c), Accession(a), Ratification
Afghanistan
  18 Sep 2012 a
Algeria
30 Mar 2007
 
Andorra
27 Apr 2007
11 Mar 2014
Antigua and Barbuda
30 Mar 2007
 
Argentina
30 Mar 2007
 2 Sep 2008
Armenia
30 Mar 2007
 
Australia
  21 Aug 2009 a
Austria
30 Mar 2007
26 Sep 2008
Azerbaijan
 9 Jan 2008
28 Jan 2009
Bangladesh
  12 May 2008 a
Belgium
30 Mar 2007
 2 Jul 2009
Benin
 8 Feb 2008
 5 Jul 2012
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 1
13 Aug 2007
16 Nov 2009
Bosnia and Herzegovina
29 Jul 2009
12 Mar 2010
Brazil
30 Mar 2007
 1 Aug 2008
Bulgaria
18 Dec 2008
 
Burkina Faso
23 May 2007
23 Jul 2009
Burundi
26 Apr 2007
 
Cambodia
 1 Oct 2007
 
Cameroon
 1 Oct 2008
 
Central African Republic
 9 May 2007
 
Chad
26 Sep 2012
 
Chile
30 Mar 2007
29 Jul 2008
Congo
30 Mar 2007
 
Cook Islands
   8 May 2009 a
Costa Rica
30 Mar 2007
 1 Oct 2008
Côte d'Ivoire
 7 Jun 2007
 
Croatia
30 Mar 2007
15 Aug 2007
Cyprus
30 Mar 2007
27 Jun 2011
Czech Republic
30 Mar 2007
 
Djibouti
  18 Jun 2012 a
Dominica
   1 Oct 2012 a
Dominican Republic
30 Mar 2007
18 Aug 2009
Ecuador
30 Mar 2007
 3 Apr 2008
El Salvador
30 Mar 2007
14 Dec 2007
Estonia
  30 May 2012 a
Fiji
 2 Jun 2010
 
Finland
30 Mar 2007
 
France
23 Sep 2008
18 Feb 2010
Gabon
25 Sep 2007
 
Georgia
10 Jul 2009
 
Germany
30 Mar 2007
24 Feb 2009
Ghana
30 Mar 2007
31 Jul 2012
Greece
27 Sep 2010
31 May 2012
Guatemala
30 Mar 2007
 7 Apr 2009
Guinea
31 Aug 2007
 8 Feb 2008
Guinea-Bissau
24 Sep 2013
 
Haiti
  23 Jul 2009 a
Honduras
23 Aug 2007
16 Aug 2010
Hungary
30 Mar 2007
20 Jul 2007
Iceland
30 Mar 2007
 
Italy
30 Mar 2007
15 May 2009
Jamaica
30 Mar 2007
 
Jordan
30 Mar 2007
 
Kazakhstan
11 Dec 2008
 
Latvia
22 Jan 2010
31 Aug 2010
Lebanon
14 Jun 2007
 
Liberia
30 Mar 2007
 
Lithuania
30 Mar 2007
18 Aug 2010
Luxembourg
30 Mar 2007
26 Sep 2011
Madagascar
25 Sep 2007
 
Mali
15 May 2007
 7 Apr 2008
Malta
30 Mar 2007
10 Oct 2012
Mauritania
   3 Apr 2012 a
Mauritius
25 Sep 2007
 
Mexico
30 Mar 2007
17 Dec 2007
Mongolia
  13 May 2009 a
Montenegro
27 Sep 2007
 2 Nov 2009
Morocco
   8 Apr 2009 a
Mozambique
  30 Jan 2012 a
Namibia
25 Apr 2007
 4 Dec 2007
Nepal
 3 Jan 2008
 7 May 2010
Nicaragua
21 Oct 2008
 2 Feb 2010
Niger
 2 Aug 2007
24 Jun 2008
Nigeria
30 Mar 2007
24 Sep 2010
Palau
  11 Jun 2013 a
Panama
30 Mar 2007
 7 Aug 2007
Paraguay
30 Mar 2007
 3 Sep 2008
Peru
30 Mar 2007
30 Jan 2008
Portugal
30 Mar 2007
23 Sep 2009
Qatar
 9 Jul 2007
 
Romania
25 Sep 2008
 
Rwanda
  15 Dec 2008 a
San Marino
30 Mar 2007
22 Feb 2008
Saudi Arabia
  24 Jun 2008 a
Senegal
25 Apr 2007
 
Serbia
17 Dec 2007
31 Jul 2009
Seychelles
30 Mar 2007
 
Sierra Leone
30 Mar 2007
 
Slovakia
26 Sep 2007
26 May 2010
Slovenia
30 Mar 2007
24 Apr 2008
Solomon Islands
24 Sep 2009
 
South Africa
30 Mar 2007
30 Nov 2007
Spain
30 Mar 2007
 3 Dec 2007
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  29 Oct 2010 a
Sudan
  24 Apr 2009 a
Swaziland
25 Sep 2007
24 Sep 2012
Sweden
30 Mar 2007
15 Dec 2008
Syrian Arab Republic
  10 Jul 2009 a
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
29 Jul 2009
29 Dec 2011
Togo
23 Sep 2008
 1 Mar 2011
Tunisia
30 Mar 2007
 2 Apr 2008
Turkey
28 Sep 2009
 
Turkmenistan
  10 Nov 2010 a
Uganda
30 Mar 2007
25 Sep 2008
Ukraine
24 Sep 2008
 4 Feb 2010
United Arab Emirates
12 Feb 2008
 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
26 Feb 2009
 7 Aug 2009
United Republic of Tanzania
29 Sep 2008
10 Nov 2009
Uruguay
  28 Oct 2011 a
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  24 Sep 2013 a
Yemen
11 Apr 2007
26 Mar 2009
Zambia
29 Sep 2008
 
Zimbabwe
  23 Sep 2013 a
Declarations and Reservations
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made
upon ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.)
Azerbaijan

Declaration:

       “The Republic of Azerbaijan declares that it is unable to guarantee the application of the provisions of the Protocol in the territories occupied by the Republic of Armenia until these territories are liberated from occupation.”
El Salvador 2

Reservation made upon signature and confirmed upon ratification:

       The Government of the Republic of El Salvador signs the present Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 December 2006, to the extent that its provisions do not prejudice or violate the provisions of any of the precepts, principles and norms enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of El Salvador, particularly in its enumeration of principles.

Syrian Arab Republic

Declaration:

       The Government of the Syrian Arab Republic declares that it does not recognize the competence of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“the Committee”) provided for in articles 6 and 7 of the Optional Protocol, in accordance with Article 8 of that Protocol, which provides that each State Party may, at the time of signature or ratification of the present Protocol or accession thereto, declare that it does not recognize the competence of the Committee provided for in articles 6 and 7.
Objections
(Unless otherwise indicated, the objections were made
upon ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.)
Austria

26 September 2008


With regard to the reservation made by El Salvador upon signature and confirmed upon ratification:

       “The Government of Austria has examined the reservation to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol thereto made by the Government of El Salvador.
       According to its reservation, El Salvador envisages becoming Party to the Convention only to the extent that its provisions do not prejudice or violate the provisions of any of the precepts, principles and norms enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of El Salvador, particularly in its enumeration of principles. In the absence of further clarification, this reservation does not clearly specify the extent of El Salvador’s derogation from the provisions of the Convention. This general and vague wording of the reservation raises doubts as to the degree of commitment assumed by El Salvador in becoming a party to the Convention and is therefore incompatible with international law.
       The Government of Austria objects to the reservation made by the Government of the Republic of El Salvador to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol thereto.
       This objection, however, does not preclude the entry into force, in its entirety, of the Convention between Austria and El Salvador.”
End Note
1.See Note 1 under "Bolivia (Plurinational State of)" in the “Historical Information” section.
2.On 28 January 2010, the Secretary-General received from the Government of Germany the following communication relating to the declaration made by the Republic of El Salvador upon signature and confirmed upon ratification:

“The Federal Republic of Germany has carefully examined the aforementioned reservation.

The Federal Republic of Germany is of the opinion that reservations which consist in a general reference to a system of norms (like the constitution or the legal order of the reserving State) without specifying the contents thereof leave it uncertain to which extent that State accepts to be bound by the obligations under the treaty. Moreover, those norms may be subject to changes.

The reservation made by the Republic of El Salvador is therefore not sufficiently precise to make it possible to determine the restrictions that are introduced into the agreement.

The Federal Republic of Germany is therefore of the opinion that the reservation is incompatible with object and purpose of the Convention and the Protocol and would like to recall that, according to Article 46, paragraph 1 of the Convention, and Article 14, paragraph 1 of the Protocol, a reservation incompatible with the object and purpose of the Convention shall not be permitted.

The Federal Republic of Germany therefore objects to the above-mentioned reservation. This objection shall not preclude the entry into force of the Convention and the Protocol between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of El Salvador.”

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