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A Handbook on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities September 2009 Understanding The UN Convention On The Rights Of Persons with Disabilities Marianne Schulze Edited by: Handicap International
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Acknowledgements Author: Marianne Schulze Technical support: Damjan Tatic, Kirsten Young, Muhannad Alazzeh The first version of this manual was named “ Understanding the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” and dated from September 2007. It was used in the framework of the Share-SEE project 1 . The first version of this manual has been realised thanks to the financial support of The Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID), the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and Handicap International (HI). This second version has been updated by Marianne Schulze with the support of Handicap International. The contents of this report are the sole responsibility of the author and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the organizations that provided support. About the author: Marianne Schulze is an Australian-Austrian human rights advocate; based in Vienna, Austria she works as a free-lance consultant on a variety of human rights issues. She was a monitor, analyst, reporter and advocate in the negotiations of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Since December 2008 she chairs the Austrian monitoring committee under the Convention. She studied law at the University of Sydney, Australia, the University of Vienna and – as a Fulbright scholar – at the Center for Civil & Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame du Lac. Her work is featured on www.humanrightsconsultant.at , where she blogs regularly. Edited by: Handicap International, Professional Publications Unit, Catherine Dixon. Graphics: Catherine Artiglia Layout: Stéphanie Bardoux Cover photo: UNCRPD 8th Ad Hoc Committee Meeting, Aug. 2006 © Catherine Dixon / Handicap International ISBN: 978-2-909064-18-5 This guide may be used or reproduced for non-commercial uses only. The source has to be quoted in any event of use. 1 A regional project To Advocate for Rights and Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, in the Balkans, see http://www.share-see.org/hpage.htm 2
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TABLE OF CONTENT FOREWORD ................................................................................................................... 5 PRESENTATION OF THE MANUAL BY THE AUTHOR ............................................... 6 REFERENCES AND SOURCES FOR THIS GUIDE ..................................................... 7 ACRONYMS ................................................................................................................... 9 INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................... 10 PREAMBLE .................................................................................................................. 16 ARTICLE 1 PURPOSE .............................................................................................. 22 ARTICLE 2 DEFINITIONS ........................................................................................ 26 ARTICLE 3 GENERAL PRINCIPLES ........................................................................ 29 ARTICLE 4 GENERAL OBLIGATIONS .................................................................... 33 ARTICLE 5 EQUALITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION ............................................. 41 ARTICLE 6 WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES ............................................................... 44 ARTICLE 7 CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES .......................................................... 47 ARTICLE 8 AWARENESS-RAISING ........................................................................ 50 ARTICLE 9 ACCESSIBILITY .................................................................................... 52 ARTICLE 10 RIGHT TO LIFE .................................................................................... 57 ARTICLE 11 SITUATIONS OF RISK AND HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCIES ........ 58 ARTICLE 12 EQUAL RECOGNITION BEFORE THE LAW ...................................... 60 ARTICLE 13 ACCESS TO JUSTICE .......................................................................... 66 ARTICLE 14 LIBERTY AND SECURITY OF THE PERSON .................................... 67 ARTICLE 15 FREEDOM FROM TORTURE OR CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT ................................................................................. 69 ARTICLE 16 FREEDOM FROM EXPLOITATION, VIOLENCE AND ABUSE .......... 71 ARTICLE 17
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