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Disability Rights

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force on 3 May 2008.


It achieved the goal for global recognition of disability as a human rights issue. The strong political support ensured that this was the most rapidly negotiated human rights treaty to date. The Convention is a paradigm shift in the treatment of persons with disabilities from a medical or charity perspective to a rights-based approach, ensuring that persons with disabilities have access and can participate in decisions that affect their lives and seek redress for violations of their rights. To date 177 countries have ratified the Convention.

GAATO, her members and partners works to support the CRPD and further policies and practices that exemplify the spirit of the Convention.

You can find more information on the CRPD here.

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