The Convention is the first legally binding treaty to set forth human rights and fundamental freedoms in the context of disability. It establishes in international human rights law that the failure to facilitate reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination. It also emphasizes the principle of participation and inclusion, requiring that persons with disabilities be consulted in law, policy, and programming decisions that affect their lives.
The adoption and entry into force of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities marks the first time that an international human rights treaty explicitly and comprehensively addresses disability rights. Persons with disabilities have historically been invisible in the human rights system and have often been overlooked in human rights practice. We encourage you to use this document in human rights education and advocacy to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities in your community and around the world.
To learn more about the CRPD and how to use it, please consult Human Rights. Yes! Action and Advocacy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - 2nd Edition , our innovative and participatory training manual on disability rights advocacy and education.
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