New Sur Journal issue debates rights of persons with disabilities

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the main topic of the 14th issue, now available online

01/16/2012

The Sur Journal has the pleasure to release its 14th edition, which focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities. This issue debates the impacts of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol in different national and regional settings, and evaluates the consequences of this normative evolution for human rights systems in the Global South. 
 
Approved in 2006, the Convention has entered into force in 2008 and counts today with 153 signatures and 109 ratifications. Its negotiation process was achieved with major civil society participation, notably from disability-rights organizations. Today, the Convention is a major tool in the promotion of social inclusion of persons with disabilities worldwide. Local implementation varies, however, according to national and regional contexts. SUR’s final selection of articles aims to encompass this diversity of approaches to disability-rights, both in terms of regional representation and thematic scope.
 
The14th issue of SUR also features three articles with a different thematic, including one piece on human rights in Haiti, analyzing how communities recovering from major social crisis can bring about an effective human rights education program. Finally, it presents a paper on human rights-based approach to public policies and a discussion on sexual minorities’ rights in Colombia.  
 
The table of content of this special edition on the rights of people with disabilities was also printed in Braille, with the link to the Journal´s website.
 
This is the third edition in partnership with the Carlos Chagas Foundation (FCC). We appreciate their support making it possible to print the Sur Journal.
 
For more information, please access: www.surjournal.org
 
The original text of the Convention is available at: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/disabilities-convention.htm
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