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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Published March 3, 2008

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol was adopted on December 13, 2006 and entered into force on May 3, 2008.

The purpose of the present Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

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