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20100309 UNICEF The Rights of Children with Disabilities in Vietnam


20100309 UNICEF The Rights of Children with Disabilities in Vietnam

Bringing Vietnam’s Laws into compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

UNICEF and the government of Viet Nam commissioned Eric Rosenthal to conduct the assessment
and analysis for this report, along with other experts from Mental Disability Rights International.
The main aim of this report is to assist the government of Viet Nam in bringing its laws and policies
into conformity with the new United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(UNCRPD), which Viet Nam signed on October 22, 2007.
The Vietnamese government’s stated commitment to bringing the country into conformity with the UN
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is impressive. As this analysis shows, Viet
Nam has already enacted several valuable laws to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. If Viet
Nam adopts the Disability Law that is now under consideration in draft form, it will go a long way toward
compliance with the CRPD. There are some significant shortcomings in the draft Disability Law, however,
but they can be corrected so that this law conforms to the CPRD.