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Draft Article 1

The purpose7 of this Convention shall be to ensure the full, effective and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities.8


7: Some members of the Working Group suggested that international cooperation should be included as one of the objectives of the Convention. Other members suggested that international cooperation was a means to achieve the objectives of the Convention, and not an objective itself. See also preambular paragraph (i).

8: An alternative formulation that the Ad Hoc Committee may wish to consider is: "The purpose of this Convention shall be to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities."

Relevant references:

International human rights conventions and legal instruments

Disability-specific instruments

Jurisprudence of human rights treaty bodies

Summary of discussions at the Working Group

Comments on the draft text

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United Nations, 2003-04
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Division for Social Policy and Development