The Rights of Children with Disabilities in Viet Nam

091201The Rights of Children with Disabilities in Viet Nam

Author: Eric Rosenthal

Affiliation: Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI)

Publication Date

December 1, 2009


This 54-page report, commissioned by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the government of Vietnam, aims to assist the government to bring its laws and policies into conformity with the new United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which Vietnam signed on October 22 2007. In addition to changing its laws, however, the CRPD requires that the Vietnamese government bring about changes in policy and practice to end discrimination against children with disabilities in Vietnamese society, as well as to enforce the rights guaranteed to persons with disabilities. These necessary changes in policy, law, and enforcement are outlined in this report.

The consultancy process that informed the report was based on analysis of Vietnamese law and interviews with government officials, service providers, educators, and disability activists; the analysis is also informed by site visits to service programs in Vietnam for children and adults with disabilities.

Link to full report:

Web link: Click here in order to download the report in PDF format.