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article imageU.N. OKs Bill to Protect Disabled Rights

By bobSP     Dec 13, 2006 in World
The U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday adopted the first U.N. convention to protect the rights of the disabled, culminating a long campaign on behalf of the world's 600 million people with disabilities.
The convention says that every country must guarantee freedom from exploitation and abuse for the disabled. They also must continue ensuring the rights they currently have--like voting for the blind and wheelchair-accessible buildings.
The convention advocates keeping the disabled in their communities rather than removing them and educating them separately, as many countries do.
It was adopted by the majority at a plenary meeting of the 192-nation General Assembly.
In final negotiations in August, agreement was reached on the sticking point of a monitoring mechanism that would ensure conditions of the treaty would be met. But some committee members were critical of the compromise that ruled out visits by a human rights committee.
All I have to say is: it's about time. I had thought they would have hit on this years ago, but I guess I was wrong..better late than never I guess.
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