Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Some links for more information on the convention:

For the United Nations website on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: click here

World Bank/Word Health Organization

World Report on DisabilityThe first-ever World Report on Disability. The report provides the first global estimates of persons with disabilities since the 1970s, and it provides an overview of the status of disability in the world. To download the report click here.

A toolkit developed by UNMAS with the assistance of OHCHR, UNHCR, UNICEF and other United Nations Mine Action Team (UNMAT) Members in coordination with Survivor Corps can be downloaded in pdf. To read more: click here or to go to the toolkit: click here

Ratify Now: A website to support the global grassroots efforts to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: click here

Inclusive Development Resources, Disability Rights and Policy Resources a Toolkit and more Click here: Making it Work

Below is a look at the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as relevant to many victim assistance concepts. Click here for the full text of the Convention.

Many of these provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are similar to the methods developed to enhance victim assistance efforts through the work of the Mine Ban Treaty. The challenges will likely also be similar. Therefore understanding victim assistance in the context of the Mine Ban Treaty could raise the possibilities for further success in realizing the rights of people with disabilities, including survivors, through both conventions.

Health – Article 25
Recognizes that persons with disabilities have the right to the highest attainable standard of health without discrimination on the basis of disability. States must provide the same range, quality and standard of free or affordable health care as provided to other persons, as well as provide those health services needed specifically by persons with disabilities. States Parties are to provide these health services as close as possible to people’s own communities, including in rural areas.

Habilitation and rehabilitation – Article 26
States Parties commit to take effective and appropriate measures to enable persons with disabilities to gain maintain maximum independence, full physical, mental, social and vocational ability, and full inclusion and participation in all aspects of life through improved comprehensive habilitation and rehabilitation services. These are particularly in the areas of health, employment, education and social services and including through peer support.
Also States Parties must promote the availability, knowledge and use of assistive devices and technologies, designed for persons with disabilities.

Personal mobility – Article 20
This says that states Parties shall take effective measures to ensure personal mobility with the greatest possible independence for persons with disabilities, including by facilitating personal mobility in the manner and at the time of individual choice, and at affordable cost; facilitating access to quality mobility aids, devices, assistive technologies available at affordable cost; training in mobility skills.

Education – Article 24
Recognizes the right to education without discrimination and on the basis of equal opportunity. States Parties must ensure an inclusive education system at all levels including access to general tertiary education, vocational training, adult education and lifelong learning.

Work and employment – Article 27
Recognizes the right of persons with disabilities to work, on an equal basis with others. States Parties must enable persons with disabilities to have access to vocational guidance programs, placement services and training; must promote employment opportunities and career advancement for persons with disabilities, as well as give assistance in finding, obtaining, maintaining and returning to employment. It also includes the promotion of opportunities for self-employment and entrepreneurship.

Participation in political and public life – Article 29
States Parties shall guarantee to persons with disabilities political rights and the opportunity to enjoy them on an equal basis with others.
And Article 30 – recognizes the right of persons with disabilities to take part on an equal basis with others in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport.

Article 16, on ‘Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse’ contains similar provisions to victim assistance. It requires that States Parties take all appropriate measures to promote the physical, cognitive and psychological recovery, rehabilitation and social reintegration of persons with disabilities who become victims of any form of exploitation, violence or abuse. If we consider violence in its broader context including war, its human impact and the legacy of mines and explosive remnants, this article may well apply to mine survivors and other war-injured persons.

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