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Irish Government ratifies UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities

UN Logo and Accessible SignageIn January 2018 OHAC provided an update indicating that the Dáil is expected to vote on the ratification of the UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). The latest update is that on the 7th March 2018 the Dáil (Irish Government) ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons. A document will now be sent to the United Nations in New York, where it will be formally ratified.

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.

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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