This section provides information on

  • international conventions and national laws
  • articles about these laws
  • related documents and reports that talk about the upholding of rights for people living with disabilities.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 December 2006. It was then opened for signature on 30 March 2007.

On 30 March, 81 Member States and the European Community signed the Convention. This was the highest number of signatures of any human rights convention on its opening day. 44 Member States signed the Optional Protocol, and 1 Member State ratified the Convention.

The Convention was negotiated during eight sessions of an Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly from 2002 to 2006. This makes it the fastest negotiated human rights treaty. The Convention aims to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy human rights on an equal basis with others.