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Disability rights

There are an estimated one billion disabled people worldwide, 80% of whom live in developing countries. Disabled people are commonly the poorest of the poor in society, experiencing social exclusion and discrimination at all levels.

Focgna João Lourenço and his father pass through the neighborhood of Luanda in Bissau.

Focgna João Lourenço and his father pass through the neighborhood of Luanda in Bissau. | ©M.Moreiras / HI

Disability Rights

At Humanity & Inclusion, we believe that people with disabilities should have equal access to rights, opportunities, and services and be protected from discrimination, abuse, and neglect. Sadly, many of the world’s more than one billion people with disabilities are routinely denied even the most basic human rights.

In many of the poorest countries in the world, where disability is treated as a stigma, people with disabilities can face discrimination in all aspects of life. Shunned by their community and excluded from school, employment, healthcare, and other services due to direct discrimination or a lack of physical accessibility or appropriate resources, people with disabilities often live in extreme poverty and isolation. They are also disproportionately affected by physical and sexual violence.

Since Humanity & Inclusion was founded in 1982, we have been working to promote the rights of disabled people. We actively support Disabled People’s Organizations and other civil society groups around the world to promote the rights of people with disabilities to access quality education, employment, healthcare, and social services.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Adopted in 2006, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century. Humanity & Inclusion was directly involved in the process to develop and promote the UN Convention. This international law now provides a framework for all governments and aid organisations to make sure that disabled people’s rights are included in all policies and practices. The Convention entered into force on May 3rd, 2008.

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