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Disability rights still lagging 10 years after convention: UN human rights expert
States must urgently step up their work to ensure that persons with disabilities can take their place as equal members of society, a United Nations human rights expert has warned in a statement marking the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
A decade after the Convention was adopted, some of the most basic issues have not been addressed, and many persons with disabilities remain marginalized and excluded, according to Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities.

In a strongly-worded statement, Devandas Aguilar said that overall progress was "only peripheral" and urgent action is needed to deliver full rights to the global population of almost one billion adults and at least 93 million children with disabilities in the world.   

"Thanks to the Convention, every one of them can claim rights that relate to every single area of their lives. It is now vital to ensure that this translates into significant improvements and tangible changes in their lives," the Special Rapporteur noted. 

She said the systems in many countries were falling short or responding inadequately to the challenge of turning the Convention into daily reality. 

Devandas Aguilar hailed progress including new laws, policies and programmes in some States, and the placing of disability issues at the heart of international processes including the new Sustainable Development Goals.

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