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What can human rights treaties do for people? The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Mongolia

Image from the Facebook page of the Mongolian DPO Bid Chadna ("We Can")

Image from the Facebook page of the Mongolian DPO Bid Chadna (“We Can”)

By Nara Ganbat

Centre for International Governance and Justice

On a very cold evening on 13 December 2006, I was on my way back home from a women’s prison located just outside of Ulaanbaatar, where two of us from the Mongolian Human Rights Commission had spent a whole day conducting an inquiry. Suddenly my mobile phone rang and I heard a very excited voice saying ‘Congratulations! Our Convention has just been adopted by the United Nations!’ Along with excitement, I was also able to hear expectations – an expectation, first of all, that the newly adopted Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will bring change to the thousands of people with disabilities in Mongolia,[1] who are amongst the most vulnerable in our society.[2] Continue Reading →