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The Role Of Reasonable Accommodation In Securing Substantive Equality For Persons With Disabilities:The UN Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD or Convention) elaborates for the first time in a legally binding international human rights convention the concept of reasonable accommodation, explicitly linking it to the realization of all human rights - civil, political, economic, social, cultural - and embedding it within the non-discrimination mandate. This chapter reviews the concept of reasonable accommodation as it is articulated in the CRPD, the human rights treaty where it makes its first appearance. This analysis is then set against the more timid manifestation of the reasonable accommodation duty in other human rights realms, including its application in the UN and regional human rights systems. The CRPD, in its design, is a roadmap for the re-integration of all human rights - civil, political, economic, social and cultural.

Keywords: CRPD; human rights; United Nation



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