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Disability, human rights and human security


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Abstract: The human rights-based approach has become increasingly important in tackling existing inequality, which is emphasised by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that became effective on 3rd of May 2008. One implication of this is that the approach requires rights-based action, instead of charity, which before has been predominant. This article shows that human rights and disability are inseparable concepts today. It discusses two case studies on the advocacy works of organisations of people with disabilities in Uganda and Finland. What can be learned from these studies is that all types of advocacy are needed for societal change and that making laws is only a part of the process. The most important conclusion is that achieving human security is not just protecting people, but also empowering them to fend for themselves.
Authors: Kumpuvuori, J. , Katsui, H.
Category: Research
End Page: 20
Serial number: 1
ISSN: 1824-7180
Volume: III
Journal: SpandaNews : newsletter of the Spanda Foundation
Keywords: human rights , disability
Language: eng
Organization: Spanda Foundation
Year: 2009
Right: © 2009 Spanda Foundation
Subject: Social and Political Change
Start Page: 14
Title: Disability, human rights and human security