Posted by Satendra Singh on Monday, December 5, 2011
The UN Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol was adopted on 13
December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened
for signature on 30 March 2007. There were 82 signatories to the Convention, 44
signatories to the Optional Protocol, and 1 ratification of the Convention.
The Convention is
intended as a human rights instrument with an explicit, social development
dimension. It adopts a broad categorization of persons with disabilities and
reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human
rights and fundamental freedoms. It clarifies and qualifies how all categories
of rights apply to persons with disabilities and identifies areas where
adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively
exercise their rights and areas where their rights have been violated, and
where protection of rights must be reinforced.
UNCRPD on the 1st of October, 2007. India was the 7th country in the world and
the first significant country to do so. UNCRPD is just a paper if it is not
implemented. PwD’s have to play an active role in the implementation and monitoring
of UNCRPD. Click here to read the complete text and here for reading in Hindi.