Concluding Observation (Justice)UNCRPD's Concluding Observations on the initial report of the Philippines
- Concluding Observations
- Access to justice (art. 13)
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The Committee is concerned about the barriers that persons with disabilities face in access to justice, including attitudinal barriers and the prejudices of court personnel, as well as securing the services of well-trained sign language interpreters to assist throughout the proceedings. It is also concerned about the lack of implementation of Executive Order No. 709 establishing the Subcommittee on Access to Justice and Anti-Discrimination.
The Committee recommends that the State party adopt measures to provide age-appropriate or procedural accommodations, including physical access to courtrooms, accessible legal services, qualified sign language and tactile sign interpreters in courtrooms and police stations, and legal and procedural information in Easy Read. It also recommends that the State party conduct capacity-building programmes for the legal profession, and police and prison officers concerning the rights enshrined in the Convention.
- Philippine Observatory on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities