Deprivation of liberty of persons with disabilities
The deprivation of liberty on the basis of disability is a human rights violation on a massive global scale. As this report illustrates, it is not a “necessary evil” but a consequence of the failure of States to ensure their obligations towards persons with disabilities.
The right to health
The Special Rapporteur examines the challenges experienced by persons with disabilities in their interactions with health providers and services, and how those challenges hinder development at personal and societal levels.
Universal legal capacity, to ensure equal recognition of persons with disabilities before the law
Around the world, experiences of peer support, advanced directives, advocacy and other support measures are showing the way to allow persons with disabilities to make their own decisions on all aspects of their lives. This is essential for living with dignity, according to one's values and preferences. The principle of Universal legal capacity protects this fundamental right, and ensures that all persons--with or without disabilities--enjoy the same rights and are equal before the law.
In its National Development Plan launched in 2017, the Kuwaiti government includes under the “human capital” pillar several projects for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. But a specific national strategy on disability is needed, to ensure that barriers against participation are lifted, and that a human rights-based approach to disability is adopted in all public policies.
Catalina Devandas Aguilar is the first UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities.
Since 2014, she was appointed by the United Nations to help realize the rights of persons with disabilities. Her appointment acknowledged a lifelong commitment to the promotion of human rights, and her trajectory defending the rights of persons with disabilities.Click here for more information
UN Secretary General announces the UNDIS, a system-wide strategy for disability inclusion
In his opening remarks at the Conference of State Parties to the CRPD (CoSP12), the UN Secretary General offered an eloquent endorsement to the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy.
Poner fin a la tutela/curatela para no dejar a nadie atrás
El 12 de junio, en la sede de la ONU, la Misión Permanente de Costa Rica ante la ONU organizará un evento paralelo de CoSP para discutir los avances realizados por Costa Rica y Perú para implementar el Artículo 12 de la Convención sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, y garantizar la capacidad jurídica de las personas con discapacidad. Más...
Ending guardianship to leave no one behind: the right to legal capacity of people with disabilities
On June 12, at the UN Head Quarters, the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the UN will host a CoSP Side event to discuss the advances made by Costa Rica and Peru to implement the Article 12 of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, to ensure the legal capacity of persons with disabilities. More...
To improve the situation of persons with disabilities, we need to work together. The inclusion of persons with disabilities in human rights and development work can only come about through shared understanding and cooperation.
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Office of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities:
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