Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

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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.

UN health agency urges Governments to end production, use of lead paint

18 October  2013 - Countries should strengthen national actions to eliminate lead paint, a major source of potential poisoning for young children which causes some 600,000 new cases of intellectual disabilities each year, the United Nations health agency said today ahead of a week of activities aimed at raising awareness about this key health concern.

On International Disaster Reduction Day, UN focuses on safety of persons with disabilities

13 October  2013 - Marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the United Nations today called on countries to ensure the safety of persons with disabilities by including them in their planning and preparedness measures.

UN survey shows needs of persons with disabilities largely ignored during disasters

10 October  2013 - A high proportion of persons with disabilities die or suffer injuries during disasters because they are rarely consulted about their needs and Governments lack adequate measures to address them, according to a United Nations survey released today ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

Syria: joint UN team preparing for onsite inspections ‘within the next week’

4 October  2013 - The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is reviewing additional information received from Syria in connection to its chemical weapons stockpiles, a United Nations spokesperson said today, ahead of onsite inspections and initial disabling of equipment which could start as early as next week.

UN inspectors begin mission to disable Syria’s chemical production facilities

2 October  2013 - The joint team of United Nations and international inspectors overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons production facilities completed its first day of work in Damascus, a UN spokesperson announced today, adding that dismantling of the facilities will begin ‘soon.’

Hungary must not prevent persons with intellectual disabilities from voting – UN experts

30 September  2013 - Persons with intellectual disabilities should not be denied their right to vote, a group of independent United Nations experts said today after examining the case of six Hungarians who lost this right when they were placed under legal guardianship.