Embracing the New Disability Rights Paradigm: The Importance of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Disability and Society, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2012
Posted: 30 Jul 2011 Last revised: 13 Apr 2013
Date Written: July 29, 2011
In 2008 the United Nations Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities (CRPD) commenced operation. The CRPD has created a dynamic new disability rights paradigm which empowers disability peoples organizations and creates a new paradigm for disability scholars. This paper analyses the impact of the CRPD and provides practical guidance as to how this convention can be used to drive change. Prior to this convention, persons with disabilities were protected by a range of general human rights conventions. Despite receiving nominal protection under general human rights conventions, persons with disabilities have had many of their human rights denied to them. The CRPD goes further than merely re-stating rights. It creates a new rights discourse, empowers civil society and renders human rights more obtainable for person with disabilities than any time in history.
Keywords: Disability, CRPD, UN
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