Q&A: Basic Ratification Guidelines for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

05 Feb 2014
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Persons with disabilities are among the most invisible people in societies. Their exclusion has also been perpetuated because none of the anti-discrimination provisions in UN core human rights treaties acknowledge disability and impairment respectively as a ground of discrimination. What is more, the stigma of disability tends to frame persons with disabilities as objects in need of pity, frequently leading to patronizing behavior by others, failing to acknowledge that persons with disabilities are (human) rights holders, too.