Disabled people’s rights enshrined in United Nations treaty

The United Nations has agreed a new treaty to protect the rights of disabled people.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was approved at the organisation’s headquarters in New York on 25 August after five years of negotiations.

Countries that sign up to the convention must abolish laws, regulations, customs and practices that discriminate against disabled people.

They must also guarantee that disabled people “enjoy their inherent right to life on an equal basis with others”.

The convention states that disabled children must not be separated from their parents against their will, expect when authorities determine it is in a child’s best interests.



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