From exclusion to equality

Realizing the rights of persons with disabilities

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Parliaments and parliamentarians have a key role to play in promoting and protecting human rights. This Handbook aims to assist parliamentarians and others in efforts to realize the Convention so that persons with disabilities can achieve the transition from exclusion to equality. It seeks to raise awareness of the Convention and its provisions, promote an appreciation of disability concerns, and assist parliaments in understanding the mechanisms and frameworks needed to translate the Convention into practice. By providing examples and insights, it is hoped that the Handbook will serve as a useful tool for parliamentarians to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities all over the world.



About the publishers

The secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities-DESA is the focal point within the United Nations Secretariat on disability matters. It acts as a clearinghouse for information on disability issues; prepares publications; promotes national, regional and international programmes and activities; provides support to Governments and civil society; and gives substantial support to technical cooperation projects and activities. It is also responsible for servicing the Conference of State Parties as specified by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The secretariat is located in the Division for Social Policy and Development, a part of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York.


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