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New Respect Required for the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

The Reporter (Addis Ababa)
April 7, 2007
Posted to the web April 9, 2007

Addis Ababa

On Friday, 30 March 2007, the Government of Ethiopia was among over 80 countries that signed the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2006.

The Convention marks an important international turning point in the way that disability is understood and persons with disabilities and their families are treated. Disability is no longer to be considered solely as a medical issue or social welfare issue. Disability is now considered as a human rights issue. Disabled persons are no longer to be treated as objects of pity or charity. Children, youth and adults with disabilities, women and men, are to have their rights as equal citizens and members of society respected.

Signing the UN Convention marks an important milestone in the Government’s continuing efforts to promote respect for the rights of Ethiopians with disabilities. By signing the Convention, the Government has declared its intent to proceed with the formal legislative ratification of the Convention and full implementation of its provisions. What does the Convention require? Among other provisions, countries that ratify the Convention commit themselves to: Continue

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