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A Call for a Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa

A Call for a Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of... SERGES ALAIN DJOYOU KAMGA I. INTRODUCTION Central to the discourse on disability is the question of systemic disadvantage, characterised by the discrimination, and often complete exclusion, of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in society. In an effort to address the problem, on 13 December 2006, the international community adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which entered into force together with its Optional Protocol on 3 May 2008. In Africa, prior to the advent of the CRPD, the idea of a specific treaty on disability rights had surfaced in 2003 at the first AU Ministerial Conference on Human Rights in Africa. During this meeting, African leaders recognised the broad violation of the rights of `vulnerable groups including persons with disability in general' and called for the adoption of `a Protocol on the protection of the rights of people with disabilities and the elderly'. This call was answered in 2009 when the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (the African Commission) set a Working Group on the Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities to draft a concept paper that would serve as the basis for the adoption of a draft Protocol on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African Journal of International and Comparative Law Edinburgh University Press

A Call for a Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2013
Subject
Articles; African Studies
ISSN
0954-8890
eISSN
1755-1609
DOI
10.3366/ajicl.2013.0060
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Abstract

SERGES ALAIN DJOYOU KAMGA I. INTRODUCTION Central to the discourse on disability is the question of systemic disadvantage, characterised by the discrimination, and often complete exclusion, of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in society. In an effort to address the problem, on 13 December 2006, the international community adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which entered into force together with its Optional Protocol on 3 May 2008. In Africa, prior to the advent of the CRPD, the idea of a specific treaty on disability rights had surfaced in 2003 at the first AU Ministerial Conference on Human Rights in Africa. During this meeting, African leaders recognised the broad violation of the rights of `vulnerable groups including persons with disability in general' and called for the adoption of `a Protocol on the protection of the rights of people with disabilities and the elderly'. This call was answered in 2009 when the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (the African Commission) set a Working Group on the Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities to draft a concept paper that would serve as the basis for the adoption of a draft Protocol on

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African Journal of International and Comparative LawEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2013

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