Statement to Mark the 10th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

It is time to move from law to practice in the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities
GENEVA (13 December 2016) – A United Nations human rights expert has urged States to redouble their efforts to end the marginalization of persons with disabilities, in a statement marking the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, said much work remained to be tackled, 10 years after the Convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 December 2006:
“Global estimates suggest that there are almost one billion persons with disabilities and at least 93 million children with disabilities in the world – 15 per cent of the population, but the number could be much higher. They are a hugely diverse group of all ages, sex, races, languages and religions. They have different national, ethnic, indigenous, social and gender identities. Some are migrants, refugees and internally displaced people…………