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VIII Understanding What Amounts to an Infringement of Human Rights *
Although the international disability community has spoken of disability as a human rights issue for at least two-decades, not all persons with disabilities view discrimination and abuse in terms of international human rights instruments. For some people, discrimination and abuse have become normal, everyday occurrences that are part of their lives as persons with disabilities.
It is also important to note, however, that there is a danger in describing every act of differential or unfavourable treatment as an infringement of a human right. Apart from the fact that this is simply inaccurate, it raises the risk that there will be a backlash against supporting efforts to strengthen human rights. Wherever possible, it is suggested, as a guideline, that persons with disabilities only speak of human rights when such rights are contained in an international human rights instrument (for example, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the six main United Nations Human Rights treaties).