The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa: Progress After 5 Years
Sur International Journal on Human Rights, Vol. 8, No. 14, p. 132, June 2011
43 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2012
Date Written: February 20, 2011
This article considers the potential impact of the adoption of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on both the African regional human rights system and selected domestic legal systems in southern and eastern Africa, against a historic background of “benign neglect” of disability rights. It first provides an overview of the current protection of disability rights in the African regional human rights system; secondly, it demonstrates the African regional contribution to the coming into being of the Disability Convention; thirdly, it considers the prevailing debates with respect to options for improving the position of persons with disabilities in Africa; thereafter it briefly examines the legal dispensations of South Africa, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania in respect of disability. It concludes with recommendations in respect of aligning both regional and national systems with the Disability Convention.
Keywords: Disability rights law, African regional human rights system, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol, African states, Domestic incorporation
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