History of Disability Rights in El Salvador

Posted on 18 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Disability Studies, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Upside Down World has recently published an extensive history of the disability rights movement in El Salvador from the 1990s through today, with special attention to the 12-year civil war; land mines and land mine victims; disability-related legislation in the country; and the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). 

El Salvador is one of 34 countries to have ratified the CRPD.  The CRPD is the first international, legally-binding treaty to protect the human rights of people with disabilities.  It protects many different human rights including: the right to healthcare and to informed consent in health services; the right to procreate and to obtain contraceptives; the right to education; the right to live with one’s own family in the community; and many more. 

El Salvador also is one of 20 countries to have ratified the accompanying Optional Protocol.  The Optional Protocol gives people with disabilities another way to obtain justice if their human rights have been violated under the CRPD.  People must first pursue all means of justice available to them within their own country.  If all of these attempts fail, and if their country has ratified both the CRPD and the Optional Protocol, then they may register a complaint with the international Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The Committee is authorized to investigate human rights violations under the CRPD.

In addition to the countries that have ratified the CRPD and Optional Protocol so far, another 96 countries also have declared official interest in ratifying the CRPD in the future, and 51 of these countries also are officially interested in ratifying the Optional Protocol.  A country signals strong official interest in an international treaty by signing it.  Signing a treaty is the first step toward ratifying it.  A country that has signed a treaty is not yet obligated to obey it, but must still avoid taking actions that would violate it.  A country that has fully ratified a treaty must make its laws more consistent with the treaty by creating new laws as necessary, or by abolishing old laws that violate the treaty.

Read the full story on the history of disability rights in El Salvador, entitled “A Recent History of the Disability Rights Movement in El Salvador” at


Find out if your country has signed or ratified the CRPD and Optional Protocol at http://www.un.org/disabilities/countries.asp?navid=12&pid=166

Learn more about the CRPD and Optional Protocol by reading the RatifyNow FAQ.

Learn how you can become involved with the global campaign to promote the ratification and implementation of the CRPD and Optional Protocol in your country and elsewhere.

This blog post was first published at <a href=”http://www.RatifyNow.orgRatifyNow.org and is re-posted here with permission of author. RatifyNow is an organization working to promote the ratification and implementation of the CRPD around the world, and periodically posts links like this one to interesting news stories related to disability rights and the CRPD.

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Reminder Call for Abstracts for CONFERENCE on UN Convention

Posted on 19 October 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

A couple of weeks ago, We Can Do posted an announcement from the organizers of a conference on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). The organizers have sent out a reminder notice, posted here below:

A final reminder that the deadline for the Call for Abstracts for the above Conference is the close of play on Monday 22 October 2007

More information the conference and an on-line submission for the call for papers can be found on: www.lcdisability.org/conference2008info.

Summary of information on the Call for Papers:

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: a Call for Action on Poverty, Lack of Access and Discrimination

19–22 May 2008

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organized by UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Leonard Cheshire International (LCI)

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Monday 22 October 2007

The conference will support governments’ efforts to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and seek to ensure that the process of implementation is transparent, meaningful and fully inclusive. The meeting will examine what changes are required to combat the poverty, lack of access and discrimination that people with disabilities face. It will also draw up a global call for action to ensure that persons with disabilities have full and equal enjoyment of all human rights.

The conference is the second in a series of joint UN Regional Commission and LCI global meetings on disability. It will provide a platform for debate on policies, barriers to inclusion, best practice and the formulation of concrete strategies for the implementation of the UNCRPD.

Panel sessions and workshops will explore good practice and identify strategies for the implementation of the new Convention to combat the challenges of poverty, lack of access and discrimination.

The Conference Secretariat is now open for abstracts for proposed papers concerning disability and poverty, lack of access or discrimination. These closely linked and interdependent themes constitute lines of action that flow throughout the articles of the Convention. Within each theme, it is suggested that papers could approach the theme from one or more of the following perspectives:

1. Innovative policies
2. Good practice
3. Catalysts for change
4. Situational report on research and the availability of data

Interested individuals can download the instructions and form for submitting abstracts at http://www.lcint.org/download.php?id=384 in Word document format. Abstracts should be submitted by 22 October 2007. Click on www.lcdisability.org/conference2008info for more information.

We Can Do obtained this announcement via the mailing list for the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD).

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