Delegates meet to iron out differences on UN disability rights treaty

Delegates meet to iron out differences on UN disability rights treaty

[JURIST] Delegates from around the world will meet Monday in New York in a bid to resolve differences left after a drafting session [JURIST report] earlier this year to frame a 33-article draft convention [text] designed to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. If negotiations are successful, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be sent to the General Assembly [official website] at its next session and then opened for signature and ratification.

Currently, only 45 countries have laws that govern disability rights. The new convention would mandate gradual incorporation of disability-friendly features into the construction of new buildings, as well as eliminate disability discrimination and promote education and disability information. UN News Centre has more.