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Senior UN official urges all Member States to ratify CRPD

Posted 03/9-10 at 21.12

Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Sha Zukang told a meeting of States Parties to the CRPD (Sept. 1st) that a key challenge to the convention's full implementation is the fact that fewer than half of all Member States have ratified it.

Another key challenge was that, ‘We, the international community, need to ensure that in humanitarian operations, these persons receive prioritized access to aid. Reconstruction efforts should include accessible buildings and transportation systems,' he said.

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement read out at the meeting, said that in the many recent humanitarian crises, ‘Regrettably, human rights considerations are often neglected ... and their relevance questioned as an immediate priority in the planning and implementation of relief operations. It must not be so'


Editorial comment: Although 146 countries have signed the CRPD, only 90 have ratified. Perhaps some states wanted to look good without having to make a real commitment. However, it is also clear that many countries who have ratified the Convention have done little to implement it. This is exactly what Human Rights Watch (HRW) has observed and have demanded action instead of rhetoric. Shantha Rau Barriga, from the organisation, has said, ‘If governments are serious about their commitment to people with disabilities, they need to turn the laws and policies on paper into meaningful programs and services on the ground. ... Efforts will fall short unless governments include people with disabilities in planning for these programs and monitoring them.'




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