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20090527 Social Rights and the Relational Value of the Rights to participate in Sport Recreation and Play


20090527 Social Rights and the Relational Value of the Rights to participate in Sport Recreation and Play

In 2006 the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD or the Convention), together with its Optional Protocol, that lays out a human rights framework engaging the full spectrum of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
This article considers the contributions of the CRPD to the development of social rights. More specifically, it tracks the normative content of the social rights to participate in sport, recreation and play and considers
the relationship of these rights to the substantive equality vision reflected in the Convention. The article begins by charting the paradigmatic shift from a medical model of disability to a social model: a rightsoriented
understanding of disability that makes possible an equality approach to dismantling persistent disability discrimination and social marginalization, isolation, and exclusion. Next, it analyzes the conceptual
framework for social rights in the CRPD and the connection between State obligations to eliminate disability discrimination and social rights’ guarantees for equal participation in sport, recreation, leisure and play.
It further considers the content of CRPD’s Article 30(5). Finally, it explores the implications of these rights for the expressive and socializing effects of the Convention.