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Compilation of proposed revisions and amendments made by the members of the Ad Hoc Committee to the draft text presented by the Working Group as a basis for negotiations by Member States and Observers in the Ad Hoc Committee

(updated after the completion of the first reading at the Fourth Session, 26 August 2004)


The States Parties to this Convention,

(a) Recalling the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations which recognize the inherent dignity (, worth — Holy See) and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

(b) Recognizing that the United Nations, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights [and in the International Covenants on Human Rights — Pakistan], has proclaimed and agreed that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind,

(c) Reaffirming the universality, indivisibility (inalienability, irrevocability — Costa Rica) and interdependence of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and [the need for — EU] (and that persons with disabilities are — EU) [persons with disabilities [to be — EU] guaranteed — Sierra Leone] their full enjoyment without (any form of — South Africa) discrimination,

(d) [Reaffirming also — Pakistan] (recalling — Pakistan) the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, [and the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, — EU, Israel, Canada, Costa Rica]

(It is recommended that appreciation be extended to the World Conference against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, held in South Africa in 2001, which gave impetus to the resolution promoting the work of the United Nations in the elaboration of an International convention on the rights of persons with disabilities — Chile)

(Recognizing that the exercise of the right to development, as a universal and inalienable right, is a prerequisite to the integral and sustainable solution to meeting the needs of persons with disabilities — Cuba)

(e) Recognizing the importance of the principles and policy guidelines contained in the (United Nations — Namibia) Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in influencing the promotion, formulation and evaluation of the policies, plans, programmes and actions at the national, regional and international levels to further equalize opportunities for persons with disabilities,

(f) Recognizing also that discrimination (and violence — Costa Rica) against any person on the basis of disability is a [violation of — EU] (affront to — EU) the inherent dignity of the human person,

(g) Recognizing further [[the diversity — India, Pakistan] (the diverse nature of disabilities — Pakistan) (the wide range of abilities, skills, functional competencies and concerns of — India) of [persons with disabilities — Morocco, Argentina] — South Africa] (disabilities — Morocco, Argentina) (, their needs and requirements — Thailand) (that person that disabilities are not a homogeneous group, but diverse in their own right — South Africa),

(h) Concerned that, despite [the efforts and actions — EU] (these various instruments and undertakings — EU) [undertaken by Governments, bodies and relevant organizations — EU], persons with disabilities continue to face barriers in their (equitable — South Africa) participation as equal members of society and violations to their human rights in all parts of the world,

(i) [[Emphasizing — India, Namibia] (Recognizing — India, Namibia) the importance of international cooperation (because of its multisided benefit to all member countries — Lebanon) promote the full enjoyment of (all — Cuba, Lebanon) human rights and fundamental freedoms of (all — Lebanon) persons with disabilities, — EU, Syrian Arab Republic] (Recognizing the importance of international cooperation for improving the living conditions of persons with disabilities in every country, in particular in the developing countries — EU, Syria, Argentina)

(j) Emphasizing also the existing and potential contributions [made by — Namibia] (of — Namibia) persons with disabilities to the overall well-being and diversity of [their communities — Lebanon] (the society — Lebanon), and that the promotion of the full enjoyment by persons with disabilities of (all — Cuba) their human rights and fundamental freedoms and of full participation by persons with disabilities will result in significant advances in the human, social and economic development of [their societies — Lebanon] (the society — Lebanon) [and the eradication of poverty — EU],

(k) Recognizing the importance for persons with disabilities of their individual autonomy and independence, including the freedom to make their own choices,

(l) Considering that persons with disabilities (and their families — India, Pakistan) (and care-givers — Pakistan) should have the opportunity to be actively involved (and taking leading roles — Republic of Korea) in decision-making processes about policies and programmes, [especially those directly concerning them — South Africa, Namibia],

(m) Concerned about the difficult conditions faced by persons with [[severe or — Argentina] multiple — Canada, Yemen, Cuba, Namibia, Lebanon] disabilities [and of persons with disabilities — Costa Rica] (and in particular those — Costa Rica) who are subject to [multiple or aggravated — Lebanon] [forms of — EU] discrimination [on the basis of race, colour, sex, language, (and the kind and degree of disability — Lebanon) (age, — Sierra Leone, Israel, Costa Rica) religion, political or other opinion, (ethnic, — Canada) national or social origin, property, birth (, sexual orientation — EU, Brazil) or other status, — Pakistan]

(n) Emphasizing the need to incorporate a gender perspective in all efforts to promote the full enjoyment of (all — Cuba) human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities,

((n bis) Recognizing that women and girls with disabilities are often subject to multiple discrimination and therefore suffer particular disadvantages

(n ter) Recognizing that persons with disabilities, in particular women and girls, are at greater risk, both within and outside the home, of violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual exploitation and abuse — EU)
(o) [[Mindful (that conditions of poverty can exacerbate the incidence and situations of persons with disabilities — India) of — Cuba] (Concerned by — Cuba) the need to [alleviate — Cuba] (eradicate — Cuba) the negative impact of poverty on (causing disabilities and the quality of life of persons with disabilities — Argentina) the conditions of persons with disabilities, (in accordance with the Millennium Declaration on this matter — Chile) (and therefore convinced of the need to eradicate it — Costa Rica) — EU] (Recognizing that a disproportionately large number of persons with disabilities live in conditions of poverty and mindful of the need to alleviate the negative impact of poverty on persons with disabilities — EU, Brazil)

(p) Concerned that [situations of — Sierra Leone, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon] armed [conflict — Sierra Leone] (conflicts — Sierra Leone) (and foreign occupation of territories and assets of others — Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon) [have especially — South Africa] (cause disabilities and have — South Africa) devastating consequences for the [human — Sierra Leone] rights of persons with disabilities,

(q) Recognizing the importance of accessibility to the physical, (political — South Africa, Yemen) social and economic (cultural — South Africa, Yemen, Costa Rica) environment and to information and communication, [including information and communication — Yemen] technologies, in enabling persons with disabilities to fully enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms,

((q bis) Recognizing the important role that persons with disabilities can play in the sustainable development of their communities — Costa Rica)

(r) Convinced that a convention [dealing specifically with (full enjoyment of — Sierra Leone) (all — Cuba) [the human rights of — EU] (the enjoyment of human rights by — EU) persons with disabilities — Pakistan] (addressing specifically the rights and dignity of persons with disability — Pakistan) will make a significant contribution to (the improvement of the Human Development Index of this group and the world population in general — Chile) redressing the profound [social — EU] disadvantage of persons with disabilities and promote their participation in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural [spheres — Pakistan] (activities — Pakistan) [with equal opportunities — Canada], in both developing and developed countries,

((s) Recognizing the particular circumstances of the child with disabilities and that the child with disabilities should enjoy the right to a full and inclusive life in conditions that ensure dignity, promote self reliance and autonomy and facilitate their active participation in the community — EU)

(Recognizing that many persons with disabilities suffer double or multiple discrimination because of their status as children, women, refugees or internally displaced, older persons, people living in rural areas and people living in informal settlements.

Noting with concern that there exists, in various parts of the world, harmful cultural practices and beliefs that have continued to impact negatively on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Recognizing that HIV/AIDS impacts negatively on persons with disabilities in all spheres of life. — Kenya)

(Recognizing that a comprehensive, integral and interdisciplinary approach to the issues facing persons with disabilities is essential to the achievement of full and effective equalities for persons with disabilities — Israel)

Hereby agree as follows:




1. Some members of the Working Group considered that there should not be a reference to the Migrant Workers Convention on the grounds that it did not have the same status as the other international covenants and conventions listed. Other members pointed out that the Convention had entered into force and should therefore be listed.

2. Some members of the Working Group considered that there should not be a reference to international cooperation in the preamble, or that it should be subject to final agreement on whether the issue of international cooperation should be addressed in the Convention, and if so, where it should be included.

3. The following alternative formulation was also proposed for consideration: “Recognizing the importance of international cooperation for improving the living conditions of persons with disabilities in every country, in particular in the developing countries”.

4. See the footnotes to paragraph 1 (c) of draft article 23 on social security and an adequate standard of living.

5. Some members of the Working Group had reservations about the wording of this paragraph.




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