Monday, April 07, 2008

Ecuador ratifies UN Disability Rights Treaty, triggering entry into force as a legally binding international treaty

From the United Nations News Service

Ecuador has become the 20th country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Optional Protocol, thereby triggering the treaty's entry into force.

In 30 days, the UN Convention will be binding international law for all states that have ratified and will give persons with disabilities in these countries a powerful legal instrument to defend their rights.

"It is a historic moment in our quest for the realization of the universal human rights for ALL persons, creating a fully inclusive society for all," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Read the full report here.