The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the first legally binding international instrument which sets out equal human rights of persons with disabilities. The CRPD and the Optional Protocol of the CRPD were adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 December 2006 and they entered into force on 3 May 2008.
General principles: Eight (8) general principles, which are set in article 3, guide the implementation of all articles of the CRPD.
Rights: The Convention does not set any new rights. The CRPD promotes and protects the civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights, which apply to all human beings. The CRPD enforces and focuses on the actions States must take to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy these same rights on an equal basis with others. It encompasses 50 articles.