UAE ratifies UN Convention on disabilities

April 4th, 2008 - 6:13 pm ICT by admin  

New York, April 4 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that will go into force next month, WAM news agency reported. Twenty countries have so far ratified the UN convention that aims to ensure equal rights to 650 million disabled people across the world.

Ecuador became the 20th country to ratify the convention Thursday, giving the UN the necessary authority to put it into force 30 days after the ratification.

The convention makes it mandatory to ensure equal rights to disabled people at work and in education, social, political and economic life.

In a statement issued Thursday evening, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described the day when the convention will go into force, as “a historic moment”.

Ban Ki-moon said the convention would be “a powerful tool to eradicate the obstacles faced by persons with disabilities”.

The convention will fight against discrimination, segregation from society, economic marginalisation and lack of opportunities for participation in social, political and economic decision-making processes.

Of the 192 UN member states, 126 have already signed the convention so far.

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