Gábor Gombos is a world renowned independent disability rights defender. A person with psychosocial disability himself, Mr Gombos has been advocating for a just and inclusive world where all persons with disabilities enjoy all their human rights without any kind of discrimination.
Mr Gombos' two-decade work ranges from grassroots peer support by users and survivors of psychiatry, through national, regional and international non-governmental organizations, up to the United Nations. He chaired the Hungarian Mental Health Interest Forum, the European Network of (ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and co-chaired the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. He has been extensively consulted on the rights of persons with disabilities by the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the Council of Europe. Between 2003 and 2006 he actively contributed to the negotiations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Between 2004 and 2011 Mr Gombos was senior advocacy officer at the Mental Disability Advocacy Center.
His work in the field of disability and mental health rights has been recognized by the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2009). Mr Gombos is Fellow of Ashoka Innovators for the Public (2001) and his activism was profiled in the Speak Truth to Power educational project by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (2000).
Currently Mr Gombos serves as member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a body of independent experts which internationally monitors the implementation of the Disability Convention.