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Draft Article 8

States Parties reaffirm the inherent right to life of all persons with disabilities, and shall take all necessary measures to ensure its effective enjoyment by them.31


30: There were different views expressed within the Working Group as to whether the Convention should include an article on the right to life, and if so, its content.

31: In the context of the discussion on this draft Article, some members of the Working Group suggested that the Convention should contain a separate draft article on the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in armed conflict, similar to the approach taken in Article 38(4) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It was also suggested that such an article could deal more broadly with the protection of the rights of groups at particular risk.

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International human rights conventions and legal instruments

Jurisprudence of human rights treaty bodies

Summary of discussions at the Working Group

Comments on the draft text

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