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Persons with disabilities face discrimination and barriers in societal participation on equal basis: UN
Devandas Aguilar, the special rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities at the UN, has recently appreciated the progress worldwide in enacting new laws, formulating policies and launching programmes by placing of disability issues at the centre stage and paying attention to UN's agenda of Sustainable Development Goals.
But, she was also dismayed over the overall progress in fulfilling the rights to the disabled persons. Calling the progress peripheral, she urged the world community to take action to deliver full rights almost one billion adults and at least 93 million children with disabilities across the world.

Also, the UN Human Rights Office in its website states that persons with disabilities face discrimination and barriers that restrict them from participating in society on an equal basis with others every day.

"They (persons with disabilities) are denied their rights to be included in the general school system, to be employed, to live independently in the community, to move freely, to vote, to participate in sport and cultural activities, to enjoy social protection, to access justice, to choose medical treatment and to enter freely into legal commitments such as buying and selling property."

A disproportionate number of persons with disabilities live in developing countries, often marginalized and in extreme poverty. Also, persons with disabilities have remained largely 'invisible', often side-lined in the rights debate and unable to enjoy the full range of human rights, informs the website.

The UN has urged the world community to close the protection gap and ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy the same standards of equality, rights and dignity as everyone else.

Stressing the need for fully active role in society for person with disabilities, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, had said that the celebration of diversity and the empowerment of the individual were essential human rights messages.

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