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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

UN Convention on the Rights of the Disabled

Current Status of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at a Glance

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol opened for signature on March 30, 2007 :

102 signatories to the Convention
57 signatories to the Optional Protocol
4 ratifications of the Convention

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What is a Convention and How Do They Work?
An international convention or treaty is an agreement between different countries that is legally binding to the contracting States. Existing international conventions cover different areas, including trade, science, crime, disarmament, transport, and human rights. A convention becomes legally binding to a particular State when that State ratifies it. Signing does not make a convention binding, but it indicates support for the principles of the convention and the country’s intention to ratify it.

As contracting counties are legally bound to adhere to the principles included in the convention, a monitoring body is often set up to assess country parties’ progress in implementing the convention by considering reports periodically submitted by countries. Human rights conventions do not contain any enforcement mechanism to compel countries to comply with the principles of the convention or with the recommendations of the monitoring body, and the implementation of these conventions depends on the commitment of each country.



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