Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

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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.

Annual UN review focuses on youth with disabilities, advancing inclusive development

10 June  2014 - Hundreds of activists and Government delegates gathered at United Nations Headquarters today to identify practical ways to take the rights, needs and concerns of persons with disabilities, particularly youth, into consideration as they strive to advance inclusive, sustainable development.

UN rights office welcomes new US Supreme Court death penalty ruling

30 May  2014 - Citing a new ruling issued by the United States Supreme Court, the United Nations human rights office today touted this latest development as a watershed moment in the country’s rulings regarding the use of the death penalty against people with mental and intellectual disabilities.

Road injuries, depression top adolescent health challenges - UN agency

14 May  2014 - Road traffic injuries, HIV/AIDS and suicide are the top killers of adolescents globally, while depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability, the United Nations reported today, urging a stronger focus on the health of boys and girls in their pre- and teen years.

Respect right of persons with disabilities to make their own choices, urges UN panel

22 April  2014 - People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone to make decisions about their lives, including the right to take risks and make mistakes, a United Nations committee has stressed in new guidelines.

Argentine jail conditions violated rights of prisoner with disabilities, UN panel finds

16 April  2014 - A United Nations human rights panel said today that Argentine authorities failed to ensure that a prisoner with disabilities was able to use prison facilities and services on an equal basis with other detainees, and urged them to take steps to rectify the situation.

Ban appoints former vice-president of Ecuador as envoy on disability, accessibility

19 December  2013 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Lenín Voltaire Moreno Garces of Ecuador as his Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility.

Ban inaugurates accessibility centre at UN Headquarters

4 December  2013 - Hailing a new facility that enables greater participation of persons with disabilities in intergovernmental processes at Headquarters as “a model of the digital United Nations we are are trying to create,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today the initiative showed the Organization is making strides towards creating a disability-inclusive world.

Persons with disabilities must be able to reap benefits of development, UN officials stress

3 December  2013 - Marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations is calling for global efforts to ensure that the more than one billion people worldwide who live with some form of disability can reap the benefits of development and fully participate in society.