CRPD Committee publishes General Comment 8 on employment and disability


The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has published General Comment 8, outlining the Committee’s interpretation of Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which focuses on work and employment. The Committee drew upon its own jurisprudence, as well as that of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and other human rights treaty bodies, to develop the general comment. In addition, the Committee consulted with external civil society organisations, including the European Disability Forum (EDF). The text clarifies how the provisions on work and employment in the CRPD (Article 27) should be interpreted by State Parties of the Convention. As such, the General Comment should guide signatories of the CRPD in their future reporting obligations.

Specifically, the document provides clarity on the Committee’s position in relation to the following issues:

• Open labour market and sheltered employment

• Discrimination at work or during recruitment

• Reasonable accommodation

• Working conditions and pay

• Open labour market and sheltered workshops.

The full text of the General Comment is available at: