Monday, February 26, 2018


United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is the most comprehensive law that focusses directly on the rights of person with disabilities. However, it can be quite complex for a lay person to understand its content due to many articles and legal jargons that it contains.

Article three of the convention provides general principles, in my opinion this is the 'heart' of the convention and it  helps us to demystify it. All the 49 articles are linked to this article. Knowing it can help persons with disabilities and different stakeholders in the society to claim rights and to work towards a barrier free society for people with disabilities.

What is the content of article three of UNCRPD?
  1. Respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one's own choices, and independence of person,
  2. Non-discrimination,
  3. Full and effective participation and inclusion in society.
  4.  Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity,
  5.  Equality of opportunity,
  6. Accessibility,
  7. Equality between men and women,
  8. Respect for the evolving capacities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their identities.  
Have a great day as you continue working towards a better society!

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