Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

‘I will never stop calling for an end to the death penalty,’ Ban vows at launch of new UN publication

5 November  2015 - Vowing to never stop calling for an end to the death penalty, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said studies have proven that those who are poor, mentally disabled, and/or are minorities are at higher risk of receiving the death sentence, regardless of guilt or innocence.

Social protection systems should be more inclusive of persons with disabilities – UN rights expert

28 October  2015 - States should make their social protection systems more inclusive for persons with disabilities, rather than pursuing models that often lock them into a cycle of dependence and poverty, a UN expert on the rights of persons with disabilities has said.

Eleven major firms agree to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities – UN labour agency

28 October  2015 - Eleven major international companies today agreed to promote and include persons with disabilities throughout their operations worldwide in a move the International Labour Organization (ILO) hailed as “not only just a good moral cause” but also “good for business.

Everyone is entitled to a life of dignity, Ban says on World Mental Health Day

10 October  2015 - Everyone has the right to respect and dignity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared in his message on World Mental Health Day, highlighting that people who have mental health and psychosocial disabilities deserve to live with the dignity that is integral to a healthy and fulfilling life.

UN deputy chief urges action to reduce exclusion and discrimination of persons with disabilities

9 June  2015 - Empowering persons with disabilities and securing their rights will advance society as a whole, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today as he urged strengthening global cooperation and partnership on the matter at the Eighth Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Canada’s deportation of Jamaican man with mental disability ‘cruel treatment’ – UN experts

21 May  2015 - After examining the case, a United Nations Committee has found that Canada’s deportation of a Jamaican man with a mental disability who had spent much of his life in Canada amounted to cruel and inhuman treatment, effectively leaving him without medical and family support.

Yemen conflict death toll nears 650, with UN rights office spotlighting plight of 3 million disabled

5 May  2015 - The conflict in Yemen has now taken at least 646 civilian lives and injured more than 1,300 others, according to UN human rights monitors who also drew attention today to the desperate plight of persons with disabilities who are facing increasing difficulties in meeting their basic needs.

Ban, on World Down Syndrome Day, applauds all who champion rights of disabled

21 March  2015 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to “make every effort” to ensure that the new sustainable development goals address equality and help build a life of dignity for all, including people with Down syndrome and other persons with disabilities.

UN health agency urges global switch by 2020 to ‘smart’ syringes that disable after single use

23 February  2015 - The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today called for all countries to switch by 2020 to new ‘smart’ syringes that cannot be used more than once as an “absolutely critical” stop to protect millions of people from deadly infections acquired through unsafe injections.

Rights of people with disabilities cannot be ignored in development agenda, UN experts

20 February  2015 - “One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – are persons with disabilities, and their rights cannot be ignored,” a group of United Nations human rights experts said today, as they urged negotiators and UN Member States to include rights of such persons in the new development framework.