What is the UN Convention?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) is an international human rights treaty that reaffirms that all persons with disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It clarifies that all persons with disabilities have the right to participate in civil, political, economic, social and cultural life of the community just as anyone else. The CRPD clearly stipulates what public and private authorities must do to ensure and promote the full enjoyment of these rights by all people with disabilities.

The Optional Protocol to the CRPD is an additional legal instrument that allows individuals or groups of individuals to complain to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committeee) about situations in which they feel discriminated against and in which their rights under the CRPD are not respected.

The CRPD was adopted in 2006 by the United Nations and became the world’s most quickly ratified human rights treaty.

To find the up to date ratifications and signatures of the CRPD, visit the UN Enable website.