Over the course of the past two decades, the subject of disability as a human rights issue has become a topic of increasing concern to civil society (including Disabled Peoples’ Organisations – DPOs), governments and private actors across the globe. This concern comes in the wake of the coming into force of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 3 May 2008.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) have also joined the discussion and established the Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities with the mandate to inter alia draft a Concept Paper for consideration by the African Commission that will serve as a basis for the adoption of the Draft Protocol on Ageing and People with Disabilities.
Status of Ratification on the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa
Centre for Human Rights Calls on African states to speed up ratification of the African Disability Protocol
The Centre for Human Rights therefore strongly urges member states of the African Union that have not ratified the African Disability Protocol to do so without delay. At the regional level, the requisite number of ratifications will bring the Protocol into effect, allowing persons with disabilities on the continent to enjoy its protection.
Disability Rights and Law Schools Project in Africa: Areas of focus
The Disability Rights and Law Schools Project in Africa supports but is not limited to the following activities of the Disability Rights Unit:
Disability Rights in an African context
Disability rights in an African context comes in the wake of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is part of the Centre’s efforts in promoting awareness about disability rights in the African region.Read More
Disability Rights Annual Conference
The conference acts as a platform for convening dialogue amongst key stakeholders on disability rights, and to spotlight the pertinent and emerging disability rights concerns in the African region.Read More
Disability Rights Publications
Drawing inspiration from the European Yearbook on Disability Law, it is the first publication of its kind that focuses on Africa. It aims to bring into prominence an area traditionally neglected by both African governments and academics.Read More
Mission and Vision
The Disability Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights is committed to finding evidence-based ways of addressing the rights of persons with disabilities on the African continent. This includes conducting research on international disability rights standards and instruments, building capacity among governments, national human rights institutions, academia, civil society and communities, and engaging with judicial, quasi-judicial and non-judicial redress mechanisms.
The Centre has a proud history of collaboration with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Disability Rights programme is no exception. In light of this continuing relationship, the Centre assists the Working Group on Rights of Older Persons and People with Disabilities in fulfilling its mandate by lending research capacity and logistical support to the Working Group.
The Disability Rights Unit aims to contribute to the international disability rights discourse by assisting and collaborating with international organisations, academic partners, and civil society across the globe in taking targeted measures to advance the rights of persons with disabilities.