But in front of an audience containing disabled people from organisations across the global south and the UK, Bott failed to criticise the UK government. Aspis had told the forum, which was organised by the UK government, the International Disability Alliance and the government of Kenya: This is the UN.
This addition reflects the growing importance of disability rights as human rights, an importance that is reflected in the ten-year anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD but both precedes and extends beyond that enactment.
This is thus a propitious time to begin a sustained focus on disability rights within a human rights context. Although broad declarations and treaties such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights certainly can be read to include the rights of people with disabilities, the absence of specific mention of disability rights in these documents Disabliltiy rights had the effect of rendering them a virtual nullity for people with disabilities.
Starting invarious non-binding declarations, such as the Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Personsthe Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Personsand the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons expressed rhetorical support for the rights of people with disabilities, even as they reflected an increasingly outmoded medical model of disability.
The World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Personsthe Principles for the Protection of Persons with Mental Illnesses and the Improvement of Mental Health Care MI Principles and the UN Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities added more content to substantive disability rights but nevertheless were limited in scope because they were neither treaty obligations nor regarded as customary law.
One of the only organizations to advocate for people with disabilities and specifically mental disabilities was Mental Disability Rights International MDRInow called Disability Rights International, which Eric Rosenthal founded inand which was housed here at American University Washington College of Law in the first several years of its existence.
Eric and other DRI staff have written a number of the articles on disability rights that have appeared in the Human Rights Brief. The result was a treaty that recognized the universal legal capacity of people with disabilities and their rights in a broad array of areas such as community living, health, employment, education, voting, access to justice, accessibility, and many more.
As of this writing, countries or regional organizations have ratified the CRPD, with of those countries having signed the Convention. In conjunction with the requirement in Article 4 of the CRPD that States adopt laws consistent with the CRPD, and modify or abolish ones that are inconsistent with it, many countries are engaging in an extended and intensive analysis of the rights of people with disabilities within their borders.
Important as the CRPD is for the development of disability rights, it is not the only game in town.
The treaty facilitates access to published material by people with vision and print disabilities by easing copyright limitations on the dissemination of material. Disability is also the subject of the comprehensive World Report on Disability, published by the World Health Organization and The World Bank, which provides important information about, and recommendations regarding, the status of people with disabilities and the kinds of supports they need to thrive in society.
With these and other developments in mind, it is easy to see the potential for practical scholarship in the area of disability rights to go along with the practical human rights scholarship for which the Human Rights Brief is justly known.
As noted above, over its year history, the Human Rights Brief has published a number of articles on disability rights. And in addition to monitoring the development of implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty, exploration of the access of people with disabilities to the internet and other forms of virtual communication will be critical in ensuring that people with disabilities are not left behind in the technological and communications revolution, as they have too often by revolutions in the past.
I hope you will join me in congratulating the Human Rights Brief in undertaking this initiative and that you will consider contributing to the ongoing effort to vindicate at long last the human rights of people with disabilities. Hillman, Protecting Mental Disability Rights: Two government officials defended that position in Tracy R.
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I am extremely pleased to note the decision by the Human Rights Brief Co-Editors-in-Chief to add Disability Rights to the existing areas of concentration for the publication. This addition reflects the growing importance of disability rights as human rights.
States Parties shall recognize the rights of persons with disabilities to liberty of movement, to freedom to choose their residence and to a nationality, on an equal basis with others, including by ensuring that persons with disabilities.
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