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Rights of people with disabilities

Boys in a hospital in Tanzania

Background: Disability and poverty – a vicious circle

It is estimated that there are more than one billion people with disabilities in the world, 80 per cent of whom live in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. If family mem­bers are taken into account too, the number of people directly or indirectly affected by a disability is sig­ni­fi­cant­ly higher. In de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, people with disabilities often experience dis­cri­mi­na­tion and ostracism. They are excluded from political, business and social life, which is a violation of their basic human rights. more


International agreements promoting the rights of persons with disabilities

Disability was long considered a problem that affected the individual and was predominantly medical in nature. In­ter­national policymakers rarely addressed the rights of disabled people as equal citizens. It is only in the past few years that political debate has begun to give more consideration to the concerns of people with disabilities. In December 2006, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Convention aims to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy equal opportunities and are able to participate in social life in their coun­tries. more


Inclusion of persons with disabilities – a key principle in Germany’s development policy

People with disabilities have not always been able to benefit as much from development cooperation projects as others. This is partly because they are often amongst the poorest members of society, who are generally difficult to reach. Also they tend to be excluded from society, which means that development projects overlook them too. They can only participate and benefit from the projects if a conscious effort is made to incorporate their rights and needs into the development cooperation agenda. more


Further information

Here you will find a selection of links to documents and websites with further information on the rights of people with disabilities. more


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