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
Questionnaire: The rights of older persons with disabilities
The study aims to identify and address specific human rights concerns faced by both people with disabilities who are ageing and older persons who acquire a disability.
Malawi: UN experts urge action over albinism ‘atrocities’ in run-up to elections
GENEVA (8 February 2019) – The Government of Malawi must take immediate action to protect people with albinism after the killing of one person and the separate abduction of a one-year-old baby, say UN experts.
The situation of persons with disabilities in Canada and Norway
The Special Rapporteur has accepted invitations by the governments of Canada and Norway to assess the situation of persons with disabilities, and the progress made by these countries in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities.
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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To communicate information regarding specific cases of violations of the rights of persons with disabilities, please go to the following section of the website of the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights:
Office of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities:
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CH 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland