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Ireland to ratify UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities

In February this year, the Dáil is expected to vote on the ratification of the UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD).

The CRPD is an international treaty identifying the rights of persons with disabilities. It does not establish new human rights, rather it sets out with greater clarity the obligations on the States to promote, protect and ensure the human rights of persons with disabilities, and also establishes mechanisms to support implementation and monitoring.

The purpose of the CRPD is to “promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity”.
It was 10 years ago, in March 2007 when Ireland signed the CRPD which declared Ireland’s aspiration to ratification.

Ireland remains the only EU country who has failed to ratify the Convention, after Finland and the Netherlands ratified it in 2016.

Once the CRPD is ratified, Ireland will be bound to it by international law.

For further information on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and to visit the website for the UN please click here.

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