persons_with_diabilities.jpg16 December, 2009. Kyiv, Ukraine – Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the respective Facultative Protocol adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 December 2006. Ukraine is the 77th country to have ratified the documents.
persons_with_diabilities.jpg16 December, 2009. Kyiv, Ukraine – Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the respective Facultative Protocol adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 December 2006. Ukraine is the 77th country to have ratified the documents.

persons_with_diabilities.jpg16 December, 2009. Kyiv, Ukraine – Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the respective Facultative Protocol adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 December 2006. Ukraine is the 77th country to have ratified the documents.

The Convention is comprised of 50 clauses and is aimed at the protection of rights of disabled people, i.e., people with physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which limit the full participation of people with disabilities in mainstream society. The document guarantees their right to employment, health care, education, access to justice, personal inviolability and freedom of movement and protects them from a manifestation of discrimination. A country that has signed the Convention is obligated to perform and promote research and engineering activities and to use modern technologies that provide mobility solutions for disabled people.

Head of the Parliament Committee on pensioners, veterans and people with disabilities Valery Sushkevych informed that at least 3 million people with disabilities live in Ukraine. He said that the ratification of the Convention meant that the country was obliged to bring applicable laws of Ukraine to conformity with international legal regulations and provide disabled people with new opportunities for exercising and protecting of their rights.

Under the Convention, States Parties are obliged to guarantee and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all disabled persons without any discrimination based on disability.

The document stipulates that “during the development and application of laws and policies aimed at implementing the Convention and in other decision-making on issues relating to disabilities, States Parties shall closely consult with people with disabilities, including children with disabilities, and actively engage them into society social life through organizations they represent”.

Also provided that “States - Parties to this Convention recognize the equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in ordinary places of residence, when choices are equal with others, and take effective and appropriate measures to promote the full realization of the disabled rights and full inclusion and bring them to the local community”.

States Parties are obliged to adopt appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against persons with disabilities in all matters relating to marriage, family, fatherhood, motherhood and personal relationships, along with others.

The Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in Ukrainian and English is available at: http://www.un.org.ua/ua/disabilities/.

The bill has been registered under the number 0153.
Materials are provided by Verkhovna Rada Information Department.

Photo: UN Postal Adminstration stamp issued in 2008 to support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities