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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, hereafter referred to as the Convention, entered into force in the People’s Republic of China, including the Special Administrative Region of Macao, on August 31, 2008.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by states parties in its eight sessions, and is the first human rights international instrument to be adopted by the United Nations in the 21st Century. Moreover, it is the first Convention adopted by the United Nations intending to fully protect the rights of persons with disabilities. In adopting this Convention, approximately 650 million persons with disabilities in the world are being protected by an international treaty.

The Convention intends to promote, protect and guarantee equal and full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities in the world and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. The Convention primarily guarantees that people with disabilities enjoy full equality of human rights condition as others, so that, as citizens and on equal basis, can equally contribute to the society.