Countdown on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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From the Associated Press:


March 30, 2007

UNITED NATIONS: Eighty countries signed the U.N. convention
enshrining the rights of the world's 650 million disabled people

Friday in what the U.N. human rights chief called an unprecedented
show of support to empower the physically and mentally impaired.

The United Nations held a ceremony on Friday, the first day the convention opened, for signatures. Not only did 80 countries and the European Community sign it, but Jamaica also announced that it had ratified the convention meaning that only 19 more ratifications are needed before the convention comes into force. At the ceremony, speaker after speaker urged speedy approval.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour announced
the huge level of support at a news conference afterward, saying
"It's certainly unprecedented in terms of support for a human
rights instrument, but it's apparently setting records for the
signature of any convention in the United Nations."

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