oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Some reflections on the draft African Disability Protocol and socio-economic justice for persons with disabilities : feature 1
The focus on the rights of persons with disabilities on the African continent dates back to the 1980s. It can be traced to an African regional conference on the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) held in Ethiopia. However, the idea of an Africa-specific disability rights instrument is fairly new. The first call by the African Union for such an instrument was only made in 2003. The African Union has observed that the rights of persons with disability are not adequately protected, and has called upon its member states to develop a protocol on the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities (Resolution ACHPR/Res.143 (XXXXV) 09, adopted during the 45th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, 13-27 2009, Banjul, The Gambia).
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