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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/convention/convention_accessible_pdf.pdf Description: The CRPD is the first international human rights treaty to protect the human rights of people with disabilities and deaf people. Sign language is covered in several different articles of the CRPD, including Article 1 (Purpose), Article 2 (Definitions), Article 3 (General Principles), Article 9 (Accessibility), Article 21 (Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information), Article 24 (Education), and Article 30 (Participation in cultural life, recreation, and sport). The CRPD protects the rights of both signing and non-signing deaf and hard of hearing people to have access to information and communication in whatever modalities is most effective for them. Learn more about which countries have signed or ratified the CRPD at http://www.un.org/disabilities.
CRPD: Questions and Answers (Word format, 119 Kb) http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/disability/docs/Q&A.CRPD.doc Description:This 10-page document explains the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Optional Protocol. It summarizes some of the human rights the CRPD is meant to protect. It also describes how the CRPD can be implemented and monitored and how the CRPD was first developed.
CRPD and Other Human Rights Tools and Resourceshttp://disabilityrightsfund.org/resources.htmlDescription:Follow this link to find more tools and resources that can help you learn about the CRPD and how to protect the human rights of deaf people and people with disabilities around the world.
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