The Disabilities Convention: Towards a Holistic Concept of Rights
International Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 12, No. 261, 2008
19 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2008
Date Written: September 13, 2008
Whilst obviously of prime importance for persons with disabilities, the new United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities should also be of utmost interest for the construction and conceptualization of human rights generally. This article explores the Convention from the point of view of general human rights. Specifically, it argues that because of the irreducibility of persons with disabilities' rights experience, the Convention is led to comprehensively ignore a number of founding and traditional dichotomies of international human rights law. In the process, it ends up producing a fuller concept of the subject of human rights, and a more holistic view of the idea of rights.
Keywords: disability, disabilities, human rights, united nations, holistic
JEL Classification: K33, I12
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