The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) provides with an international monitoring system. The Belgian Disability Forum asbl (BDF) plays an active role in this system which could improve the living conditions of the disabled people.
The international monitoring system
According to the international monitoring system, State Parties have to submit a report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) every four years. This report has to explain the measures taken by the Member State in order to fulfil its obligations arising under the ICESCR.
The ICESCR relies on this report as well as on alternative reports arising from, in particular, the civil society, in order to publish general proposals and / or recommendations to the Member State.
Consideration of Belgium by the CESCR (2013)
The CESCR has considered the fourth report of Belgium during its sessions which took place from 21 till 24 May 2013, and from 4 till 29 November 2013.
Link to the fourth report of Belgium :
During the same sessions, the CESCR has also taken into account the alternative report of the Belgium Disability Forum asbl (BDF), which had been drafted in collaboration with the different advisory councils, and which had been filed in March 2013.
Observations and recommendations of the CESCR to Belgium (2013)
The CESCR has issued its final observations and its recommendations on 23 December 2013.
Link to the final observations of the Committee :