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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.

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Becoming a party to the Convention and the Optional Protocol

The means by which an international treaty enters into national legislation differs depending on the parliamentary system and national procedures. However, in all cases States have to take a number of steps to become parties to the Convention and Optional Protocol. These measures are standard practice under international law.

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