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From Invisibility To Indivisibility: The International Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities

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Human rights are sometimes mistakenly referred to as invisible rights, and with regard to human rights of persons with disabilities it is in fact a very precise designation. The International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has indeed made visible the rights of persons with disabilities. Freedom of expression and access to information are traditionally considered 'negative', budgetary neutral rights. However, for persons with disabilities to be able to enjoy these rights on an equal footing with persons without disabilities, it is necessary that certain measures be taken to facilitate the enjoyment. There is a long way from invisibility to invincibility, but the CRPD is until now one of the strongest manifestation of the notion of human rights as indivisible rights.

Keywords: CRPD; human rights



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