Guyana becomes the 150th country to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

18 September 2014

Guyana has just become the 150th country to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) — a major milestone for disability rights.

The CRPD is an international treaty agreed by the United Nations in 2006. It sets out how human rights apply to disabled people and what governments need to do to respect, protect and fulfil those rights.

Our Young Voices campaigners have been lobbying and campaigning hard to make sure Guyana ratifies the CRPD. Leroy Phillips, President of Young Voices in Guyana, said:

‘I am extremely proud that Guyana has become the 150th country to ratify the CRPD. This will make a huge difference for people with disabilities in Guyana. Young Voices in Guyana are excited about working with the Government to make sure the rights in the CRPD become a reality.’

Young Voices campaigners around the world have also recently helped to make sure Swaziland, Papua New Guinea, Liberia and Zimbabwe ratified the CRPD. There are now just over 40 countries who are yet to ratify and we are looking forward to seeing this number continue to fall.

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