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The Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Lunchtime Seminar on The Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Chinese Context, Hong Kong

Date: 7 May 2015

The CRPD is arguably the most comprehensive of the core global human rights treaties. It requires State Parties “to ensure and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities” and details how specific rights apply in the disability context. By targeting external environmental obstacles to participation (rather than focusing on individual impairment), the CRPD challenges traditional concepts of disability and helps elucidate the meaning of basic human rights principles such as equality, dignity, and inclusion.

Presented by Kelley Loper, Deputy Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong, this Seminar (“CCPL”) reflects upon China’s implementation of the CRPD to date and the roles of the CRPD Committee, other relevant UN human rights mechanisms, and civil society. The Seminar shared recent initiatives undertaken by the CCPL regarding increasing and exchanging knowledge about the CRPD and supporting implementation efforts. In particular, it introduced the new Disability Rights Resource Network, an online platform that provides information and research resources on disability rights in English and Chinese to scholars, NGOs, policy-makers, and others involved in the field.

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