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Disability Rights Fund Receives $1.3 Million from DFID

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: Disability Rights Fund Receives $1.3 Million from DFID

December 3, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOSTON, MA – On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is happy to announce receipt of a grant of £868,000 ($1.3 million) from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). This grant will support […]

Disability Rights Fund Makes Grants to 33 Organizations

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

Disability Rights Fund Makes Grants to 33 Organizations in 7 Countries

November 3, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a groundbreaking collaborative to support the human rights of people with disabilities around the world– today announced funding decisions from its first request for proposals. A total of $800,000 will be […]

The Right to Mobility Aids, Accessibility in South-Eastern Europe

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Countries that have chosen to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) are now required to protect the right of people with disabilities to personal mobility; and to an accessible environment. But disabled people in the South-Eastern countries of Europe, such as Kosovo, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, […]

United Nations Secretary General Celebrates Disability Rights Convention

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

SECRETARY-GENERAL, IN MESSAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, SAYS MUCH TO CELEBRATE WITH ENTRY INTO FORCE OF RIGHTS CONVENTION

Following is United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed 3 December:

This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities falls just a week before the sixtieth anniversary […]

Resources on Disability Rights and Policies

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Handicap International has released a new CD on “Disability Rights and Policies.” Each of the 8 major sections of this CD offers an extensive range of reference documents and resources, in both English and French, related to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and to international development. The CD is […]

Sweden, Republic of Korea Ratify Disability Rights Treaty

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

The Republic of Korea became the 43rd country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on December 11, and Sweden became the 44th on December 15.  Sweden also signed and ratified the Optional Protocol, joining 25 other countries before it.

The CRPD is the first international, legally binding treaty that protects […]

First Expert Committee on Disability Rights Convention Elected

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

First Committee of Experts on Disability Rights Convention Elected

(New York, United Nations, November 3, 2008): Today, the first Conference of States Parties on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) elected the new Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which will be in charge of monitoring the implementation of the […]

Lesotho Ratifies Disability Rights Treaty

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Lesotho became the 42nd country to ratify the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on December 2, 2008.

The CRPD is the first legally binding, international agreement among countries that protects the human rights of people with disabilities.  It protects a wide range of human rights, including the right to […]

Malaysia buildings to be more accessible; Disability rights treaty cited

Friday, August 29th, 2008

The Community Development and Consumer Affairs Ministry of Malaysia is working to identify buildings in the city of Sabah that could be made more accessible to people with physical disabilities, the Daily Express has reported (“Making public places in Sabah more disabled-friendly”).  Minister has indicated to the press that this move […]

New Zealand Parents Fight for Better Education Under Disability Rights Treaty

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Parents in New Zealand complain that funding constraints have denied their children with disabilities a decent quality education, has reported (“Fighting for a fair deal”).  Some schools, for example, routinely send disabled students home if their special aide calls in sick, or exclude them from extracurricular activities.  Advocates have asserted that this pattern of […]