5(F)(vii). Reporting


A requirement of the CRPD is that two years after the date of ratification, each State Party must submit a report on how well it is implementing it.61 The Czech Republic ratified the CRPD in 2009 and therefore its report was due in 2011. It sent its report in on 28th October 2011.62 One might reasonably expect the report to set out the steps which the government is taking with regard to cage beds and other restraints, considering the international attention this issue has now had for over a decade. Despite these expectations, not once does the report mention cage beds or other restraints in psychiatry. Concerns have, however, continued to be voiced by Czech civil society, including in a shadow report made to the CRPD Committee.63

61 CRPD, Article 35(1).

62 Government of the Czech Republic, Initial reports submitted by States parties under article 35 of the Convention: Czech Republic, (United Nations: Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD/C/CZE/1, 27 June 2013).

63 Alternative Report for the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Czech Republic, (Liga Lidských Práv and others: 2011), available online at: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CRPD/Shared%20Documents/CZE/INT_CRPD_NGO_CZE_15594_E.pdf (last accessed: 15.06.2014), at para. 67.

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