Countries finalize the text of a new treaty protecting the rights of Persons with Disabilities

Countries finalize the text of a new treaty protecting the rights of Persons with Disabilities   


After over four years of negotiations, countries have agreed on a new treaty to protect the rights of persons with disabilities.

“The strength of our humanity can be measured by how our society treats its most vulnerable citizens” UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson said after the agreement was reached late Friday. He told the delegates that they were conveying to the world “the message that we want to have a life with dignity for all and that all human beings are all equal.”


The convention specifically prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in all areas of life, including civil rights, access to justice and the right to education, health services and access to transportation.


The convention will be formally sent to the General Assembly for adoption at its next session, which begins in September. It will then be open for signing and ratification by all countries.


       
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  WYA team-Gabie and Michelle-
  attending the commission