Malaysia becomes 89th Ratifier of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

July 19, 2010

Malaysia became the 89th ratifier of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on July 19, 2010, after signing the treaty two weeks earlier.

The CRPD is the first international, legally binding human rights treaty targeted at protecting the human rights of people with disabilities.  A few examples of the human rights that the CRPD protects include, but are not limited to:

  • The right to be protected from abuse, violence, and torture
  • The right to live in the community, with one's family, without being institutionalized against one's will
  • The right to have access to education, transportation, and other public services
  • The right to access information and communication, including via sign language or Braille
  • The right to employment and a decent standard of living
  • The right to access social justice

Ratifying a treaty commits a country to implementing it.  This may mean the country needs to modify existing laws, or abolish old laws, to be more consistent with the treaty. 

From among the 146 signatories of the CRPD, 88 have taken the next step by ratifying the treaty.  Of these, 54 also have ratified the Optional Protocol, which gives people with disabilities in ratifying countries an additional avenue for pursuing justice if all other standard methods for pursuing justice within their country should fail.

Learn more about the CRPD and Optional Protocol at the United Nations Enable website.  Learn more about efforts to ratify the CRPD in the United States by exploring the website for the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD).