Global disability rights advocates need to make certain that countries make the changes needed for disability human rights to become a reality.
Governments are primarily responsible for ensuring that people with disabilities can enjoy their rights. The Convention legally obligates governments to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of people with disabilities.
Governments ratifying the CRPD are committing to:
- Changing laws, policies, and plans that violate the human rights of people with disabilities.
- Protecting people with disabilities from violations of their human rights from all parts of society, including government, businesses, and other institutions.
- Acting so that people with disabilities can claim their rights by making new laws that promote those rights, as well as positively changing attitudes about people with disabilities.
Convention implementation will be assisted by a Conference of States Parties held every two years for countries to discuss best practices and challenges with implementation.
Legal scholars believe the legal obligation to comply with the CRPD extends to international development assistance organizations and financial institutions. Disability rights advocates, champions, and governments can work to ensure that development and humanitarian assistance, from initial planning through implementation, is inclusive of people with disabilities.
Human rights conventions are important as legal instruments. They also provide a moral compass which individuals, community groups, and businesses can use to transform their societies. Everyone can contribute to promoting and implementing the rights of people with disabilities, and creating equitable and inclusive societies.
Persons with disabilities, their organizations, families, friends, community groups, non- governmental organizations, and institutions, all have important roles to play in converting the CRPD from text to real positive changes in the lives of people with disabilities.
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