What Other Rights are Protected Under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)?

  • Article 3 outlines general principles, such as equality, dignity, respect, and non-discrimination for persons with disabilities (1).
  • Article 4 defines the general obligations of the Convention (2). It states that governments must include children with disabilities in the process of legislation and policy creation, and informing and enforcing these bodies of law through accessible means (3).
  • Article 13 enforces that persons with disabilities receive accessible means to justice with age-appropriate accommodations (4).
  • Article 16 stipulates that all persons with disabilities are to be free from “…all forms of exploitation, violence and abuse, including their gender-based aspects” (5).
  • Article 18 enforces that States must recognize persons with disabilities as having the ability to choose their residence and nationality without discrimination (6).
  • Article 23 states that all Parties must ensure that persons with disabilities are not discriminated against “…in all matters relating to marriage, family, parenthood and relationships” (7).
  • Article 24 imposes that all persons with disabilities have the right to a discrimination-free, and equal education (8).
  • Article 25 ensures that persons with disabilities have the right to high standards of healthcare (9). Yet 25(b) promotes early intervention in order to prevent and minimize additional disabilities (10).
  • Article 30 obliges that persons with disabilities have the equal right to partake in all aspects of society (11).

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1-11 Gerison Lansdown, See me, hear me: a guide to using the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities to promote the rights of children (London, Save the Children, 2009), 27.

Prendergast, S. (2018). Disability Rights Information sheets in child friendly language. Prepared for Shaking the Movers/ Inclusive Early Childhood Service System project Youth Advisory Event, October, 13 and 14, 2018. IECSS: Toronto, ON. Accessed online: http://inclusiveearlychildhood.ca/disability-and-childrens-rights/what-other-rights-are-protected-under-the-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-crpd/