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Dr Lovászy from Hungary elected to the CRPD Committee

15 September 2012

The British Deaf Association, a member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), is pleased to congratulate Dr László Gábor Lovászy, from Hungary

The British Deaf Association, a member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), is pleased to congratulate Dr László Gábor Lovászy, from Hungary, on his election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The election took place on Wednesday at the Fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COP5) held in New York, USA where Dr Lovászy stood for election along with 21 other candidates. The Committee consists of 18 independent disability rights experts from all over the world.

Dr Lovászy is the first hard of hearing Committee member ever to join the CRPD Committee. Dr Lovászy has a wide experience and knowledge in disability and human rights law and has established close relationship with the deaf community. He has a strong understanding of sign language and deaf rights and the BDA looks forward to working with Dr Lovászy and other members of the Committee to ensure the full implementation of the UN CRPD articles dealing with sign language and deaf culture.

Dr Terry Riley, the Chair of the BDA and a Board Member of the WFD, commented "this is the right time for the BDA and other members of the WFD to work more closely with Dr Lovászy to find greater ways of influencing governments to recognise the sign language in their own countries and also for promoting the rights of Deaf people, especially access to advanced communications and technology, such as Video Relay Services".