The 1998 Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities Law was enacted in order to reduce the existing disparity between the reality persons with disabilities live, and the principles of equality and human dignity. Accordingly, the Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities was established at the Ministry of Justice in August, 2000. The Commission is charged with implementing this Law and other laws concerning persons with disabilities. After Israel ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in 2012, the Commission became responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Convention by the Government.
The 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was ratified by Israel in September of 2012. The Convention sets standards, to which the State must aspire in promoting equality and social participation of people with disabilities. The Commission was charged with spreading the message of the CRPD and monitoring its implementation. The Commission has various functions set out in the Convention itself.
The Commission acts to prevent discrimination and promote the integration of persons with disabilities into Israeli society, as citizens with equal rights and responsibilities in all areas of life. Among those are employment, housing, education, public transportation, services from businesses and public authorities, social security, culture and leisure. To achieve those goals, the Commission cooperates with relevant bodies in all sectors – the Government, local authorities, and the private and not-for-profit sectors.
The Commissioner for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Ahiya Kamara, heads the Commission.
The Commission enforces the accessibility regulations – the Commission operates a professional system of inspection throughout Israel in the fields of service accessibility and accessibility of buildings, infrastructure, and environment. Commission inspectors audit Planning and Building Committees. In addition, they check the level of accessibility in practice around the country, in different types of buildings and services. The bodies responsible to correct deficiencies found are notified, and legal action is taken when necessary.
The Commission acts to further policies concerning persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on implementing the accessibility legislation. This is done through professional opinions, legal responses to applications by the public, inspections, criminal prosecution and civil suits, initiating and supporting new legislation, promoting the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, organizing conferences and seminars, distributing and editing informational materials, collecting data and information, and more.
The Commissioner for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Avremi Torem, has headed the Commission since 2016.
The Commission includes three main units: Accessibility, General Counsel and Community Inclusion. The Commission headquarters are in Jerusalem. The Commission has three district offices, serving the Tel-Aviv & Central districts, the Haifa & Northern districts, and the Jerusalem and South districts. The Commission has about 30 employees.
An Advisory Committee, made up of representatives of NGO's, professionals, jurists and representatives of the public, operates alongside the Commission and advises it on disability related matters. Most of the members of the Committee are people with disabilities.
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Commission for Equal RIghts of Persons with Disabilities
Mail Address: Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities,
c/o Ministry of Justice, 29 Saleh E-Din St., Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Head Office: 37 Yirmiyahu St.,”Migdalei Habira”, 9th Floor, Bldg. 1, Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Last Updated October 10th, 2016