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Article 9 - Accessibility

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Jurisprudence of human rights treaty bodies

CESCR: Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
HRC (ICCPR): Human Rights Committee
CERD: Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
CEDAW: Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
CAT: Committee Against Torture
CRC: Committee on the Rights of the Child


Article 9

CESCR, General Comment no. 5 (Persons with disabilities), para. 23: …[T]he failure of Governments to ensure that modes of transportation are accessible to persons with disabilities greatly reduces the chances of such persons finding suitable, integrated jobs, taking advantage of educational and vocational training, or commuting to facilities of all types. Indeed, the provision of access to appropriate and, where necessary, specially tailored forms of transportation is crucial to the realization by persons with disabilities of virtually all the rights recognized in the Covenant.

CESCR, General Comment no. 14 (The right to the highest attainable standard of health), para. 12: …[H]ealth facilities, goods and services must be within safe physical reach for all sections of the population, especially vulnerable or marginalized groups, such as (…) persons with disabilities (…) Accessibility further includes adequate access to buildings for persons with disabilities.


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