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UN Study on the situation of indigenous persons with disabilities Feb 2013


UN Study on the situation of indigenous persons with disabilities, with a particular focus on challenges faced with regard to the full enjoyment of human rights and inclusion in development Feb 2013

The study reviews the situation of indigenous persons with disabilities in the enjoyment of their human rights. It looks at the main relevant legal standards — the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples — and how those standards interact
to protect relevant rights. The study examines some areas in which, according to indigenous persons with disabilities, there is discrimination in the enjoyment of rights, such as political participation, access to justice, education, language and culture, and issues specific to indigenous women and children with disabilities. It is
concluded that more attention should be paid to the rights of indigenous persons with disabilities.

Recommendations are made to United Nations agencies and other relevant stakeholders on important ways to increase genuine inclusion and participation of indigenous persons with disabilities and support the establishment and develop the capacity of organizations of indigenous persons with disabilities, such as by
allocating resources to build the capacity of indigenous peoples to address the needs of indigenous persons with disabilities in their communities. It is recommended that maximum effort be made to use the upcoming high-level meeting on disability and development, to be held in 2013, and the high-level plenary meeting of the sixtyninth session of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and to be held in 2014, to examine the realities of indigenous persons with disabilities and how such persons can benefit from the post-2015 development agenda framework.