on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
was adopted in December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in
New York, and was opened for signature in March 2007. There were 82
country signatories to the Convention. This is the highest number
of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day. It
is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century.
The Convention entered into force in May 2008.
The Convention follows decades of work by the UN to change attitudes
and approaches to persons with disabilities. It takes to a new height
the movement from viewing persons with disabilities as objects
of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing
persons with disabilities as subjects with rights, who
are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their
lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active
members of society.
The Convention is intended as a human rights instrument with an explicit,
social development dimension. It adopts a broad categorization of
persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with all
types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental
freedoms. It clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights
apply to persons with disabilities and identifies areas where adaptations
have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise
their rights and areas where their rights have been violated, and
where protection of rights must be reinforced.
To date, about one billion people live with some form of disability.
Persons with disabilities tend to be acutely vulnerable to exclusion
and are disproportionately poor. Furthermore, there are an estimated
150 million children in the world with disabilities, of which about
four-fifths of them live in developing countries, and millions more
live with parents or relatives with disabilities. No society can ignore
such a massive number of people nor leave them on their own.
The CRPD is also a response to the fact that the potential of persons
with disabilities was not being tapped. Persons with disabilities
who continued to be denied their human rights were kept on the margins
of society in all parts of the world. In addition, they felt that
they had very little to say in plans and programs that were supposedly
created for their welfare, and for the improvement of their conditions.
The CRPD sets out the legal obligations of countries to promote and
protect the rights of persons with disabilities.
Since it was officially enacted the CRPD has continued to maintain
its momentum to attract agreement and support. This is due in no small
measure to the innovativeness that it promotes the interdependence
of all human rights. As of July 2012, there were 153 country signatories,
and 117 country ratifications.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION
Virtually all aspects of society are affected by the pervasive usage
of information and communication technologies (ICT), including mobile
communications, television, computers, digital interfaces and the
To know how much progress is actually being made by countries in ICT
accessibility a second edition of the CRPD Progress Report on Accessibility
in Information and Communication Technologies has been published.
It reviews and rates the status of ICT accessibility and assistive
technologies regarding CRPD implementations in 52 ratifying countries,
which represents 77 percent of the world population. This comprehensive
report offers disability advocates, governments, civil society and
international organizations monitoring the progress of the implementation
of the CRPD a unique benchmarking tool with data on country laws,
policies and programs pertaining to accessible and assistive ICT around
The Progress Report is produced by G3ict (a Global
Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologiesan
Advocacy Initiative of the the United Nations Global Alliance for
ICT) in cooperation with Disabled Peoples International (DPI)
and various disability centric organizations and experts in countries
where DPI correspondents were not available.
Implementing ICT accessibility policies and programs is a complex
endeavor involving multiple sectors of society and the economy, and
requires the active engagement of a variety of participants. Its
an essential step for all stakeholders in order to address gaps and
opportunities in their own countries.
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