Cases violating CRPD art 21(e) (potential) (1)

Note that committees can record actual or potential violations.

recognise & promote the use of sign languages

CRPD art 21(e)

JH v Australia (CRPD, 2018)

Remedy's assessment: Unremedied

A Deaf woman summoned to perform jury duty was then turned away because she requires an Auslan interpreter to communicate with hearing jurors and others in the courtroom. The Committee found this denial of a ‘reasonable accommodation’ constituted discrimination (CRPD art 5(2) & 5(3)) and a violation of her freedom of expression (art 21(b) & 21(e)). The Committee agreed that reasonable accommodation would be to allow Auslan interpreters to take an oath of confidentiality.

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