RI recognizes Columbia, Belize & Togo for their progress with CRPD ratification and signing

May 13, 2011
Source: Rehabilitation International

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Reaches 100 Ratifications

RI Encourages Further Ratification and Steps for Comprehensive Implementation

May 13, 2011: RI would like to recognize the Governments of Romania and Colombia for ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2011. In addition, we congratulate Togo for signing the Treaty as well as for ratifying the Optional Protocol.

These latest commitments to the CRPD bring the total number of ratification to 100, a feet that shows the globally recognized importance of this treaty.    

“These ratifications signal to the world that the rights of persons with disabilities cannot be ignored. Progress is being made, and these nations have illustrated their commitment to disability rights” said RI President Anne Hawker. “Now, state parties and the disability community must work together to ensure that this commitment translates into comprehensive and effective implementation to ensure persons with disabilities enjoy the same rights as everyone else - by being able to attend school, have a job, and live and contribute to society as a valued citizen.”

With the increasing number of ratifications attention must now turn to implementing and monitoring the treaty. This is an endeavor that will take dedication from ratifying governments, international and local DPOs and NGOs as well as partnerships with other human rights and civil society organization. This is also a process that will require a commitment from donors to support efforts for implementation so that there is true meaning behind ratification.

The CRPD was open for signature on March 30, 2007 and to date, 148 countries have signed the Convention, 90 have signed the Optional Protocol, 100 states have ratified the treaty and 61 have ratified the Protocol. The CRPD is the first human rights treaty of the 21st century and prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in all areas of life, and includes specific provisions related to rehabilitation, habilitation, education, employment, health and access to information, public facilities and services. The Optional Protocol details how individuals or groups can seek redress for violations of the CRPD once national remedies are exhausted.