Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

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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.

On world Day, Ban spotlights how technology can improve life for 1 billion persons with disabilities

3 December  2014 - More than one billion people – or approximately 15 per cent of the world's population – live with some form of disability and have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities, the United Nations highlighted today on its International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

UN rights experts call on US to commute death sentence of mentally ill prisoner

2 December  2014 - Two United Nations human rights experts today urged the United States Government and the authorities in Texas to halt the execution of Scott Panetti, a prisoner with proven psychosocial disabilities, due to be carried out on 3 December.

Improving system for person with disabilities good for all says US advocate on tour of UN accessibility centre

21 November  2014 - On a tour of the United Nations Accessibility Centre for the audio, visual, and physically impaired today, United States Senator Tom Harkin said that “when you make a system better for a person with a disability it makes it better for people without disabilities.”

Ahead of World Day, UN hails landmark global polio eradication campaign

23 October  2014 - Every day, a thousand or so children are being protected from disability as part of a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio through a worldwide campaign that has immunized millions of previously-unreached children across the globe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on the eve of World Polio Day.

UN rights office hails ratification of disability convention by 150 States as ‘major milestone’

15 September  2014 - Guyana became the latest country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is widely regarded as the first international human rights treaty of the twenty-first century and one of the fastest to be ratified.

Somalia: UN agencies call for immediate action to curb measles outbreaks

10 June  2014 - Voicing deep concern that outbreaks of measles have left thousands of children in Somalia at risk of disability or death, United Nations agencies today called for urgent vaccination to tackle the highly contagious disease.