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Samoa and Micronesia Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

SUVA (9 December) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for the Pacific welcomes Samoa’s
and Micronesia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

On 2 December, Samoa ratified the Convention which was adopted by the General Assembly on 13 December 2006 and on 7 December, Micronesia became the 171th State party to the Convention.

“By ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the governments of Samoa and Micronesia have committed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities which is a very encouraging step forward.” said Ms Chitralekha Massey, Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Pacific Regional Office.

Australia violated rights of deaf people over jury service – UN experts

The rights of two deaf people in Australia were violated when they were called up for jury service but then told they could not have the support they needed, in the form of sign language interpretation and real-time captioning, to participate in the proceedings, UN experts have found. Continue reading

UN Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The seventh session of the annual UN Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will meet in New York from 10 to12 June 2014. Continue reading

Largest meeting on disability issues starts at the UN HQ

A child learning sign language in Madagascar in preparation for admittance to school. Photo: UNICEF/Dia StyvanleyMember States kicked off a three-day meeting at the United Nations in New York today with the aim of finding ways to improve living standards and employment for the more than one billion people worldwide living with disabilities. About 80 per cent of the people with disabilities are of working age and face physical, social, Continue reading