DPI e-news 16 December, 2010

December 16, 2010


E-news for Week ending 17 December 2010

Welcome to Disabled Peoples International's (DPI's) E-news. Please continue to send your activities, conference information, and publications news to Dr. Cassandra Phillips at info@dpi.org.


E-news will be taking a brief hiatus to give our volunteers a break over the holiday season. We will be back in circulation in January 2011. We thank our DPI staff and E-news team for their dedication and excellent work this past year.


Draft Protocol on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa

The Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (SADPD) wants to inform you that the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) is in the process of drafting an African Protocol for Persons with Disabilities. To read more, go to



World Health Organization (WHO) Countdown

On 3 December 2010, the count down began toward the launch of the World Report on Disability set for 9 June 2011 in Geneva. This major report, published jointly with the World Bank, provides evidence on the current situation of people with disabilities and identifies ways of removing barriers to the participation of people with disabilities in their respective communities. WHO wants to hear from people with disabilities about what can be done to overcome barriers. Sign up at the World Health Organization Facebook page to join the debate and receive regular updates on the global and country launches of the World Report. To sign up go to



Disability Rights International (DRI) Finds Children and Adults with Disabilities Disappeared, Trafficked, and Abused in Mexico's Psychiatric Facilities and Orphanages

Following a year- long investigation, DRI and the Comisión Méxicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH) released findings today in a joint report detailing the human rights abuses perpetrated against children and adults with disabilities in Mexico. The report titled, Abandoned & Disappeared: Mexico's Segregation and Abuse of Children and Adults with Disabilities, describes the disappearances of children from Mexican orphanages and institutions and the discovery by investigators of people in institutions held without any record of their names, ages or location of placement. Within institutions, investigators identify a broad range of atrocious conditions and life-threatening forms of mistreatment. To read report in English and Spanish, follow links at


European Union (EU) Should Join Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Earlier this month in Brussels, the agreement by EU Member States to remove the last legal barrier to EU accession to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an important step forward, according to Human Rights Watch and the European disability movement.

 "The disability movement wants the EU to join the UN Convention immediately," said Yannis Vardakastanis, president of the European Disability Forum. "There are no more legal barriers to prevent the EU from going ahead. This will represent a major policy shift toward enforcing human rights obligations and putting disability on top of the human rights agenda."

 At the Council of the EU session on 2 December 2010, the Member States agreed on a common code of conduct, a document that will regulate Member State interaction with the European Commission concerning the Disability Rights Convention. To read more, go to



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