Question of the human rights of disabled persons

Sub-Commission on Human Rights resolution 1993/22


The Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities,

Welcoming the publication of the report by Mr. Leandro Despouy, Special Rapporteur on the question of the human rights of disabled persons (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.92.XIV.4),

Recalling Commission on Human Rights resolution 1993/29 of 5 March 1993, as well as General Assembly resolution 47/3 of 14 October 1992, in which the Assembly proclaimed the International Day of Disabled Persons, and
General Assembly resolution 46/96 of 16 December 1991, in which it reiterated the need to achieve the objectives set out in the agenda for action of the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons,

Recalling the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights, which reaffirm that persons with disabilities should be guaranteed equal opportunity through the elimination of all barriers, be they physical, financial, social or psychological, which exclude or restrict full participation in society,

Noting its resolution 1991/19 of 28 August 1991, in which it emphasizes that the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whereby everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, also apply to disabled persons,

1. Requests the Commission on Human Rights to take into consideration the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur, Mr. Leandro Despouy, contained in his report Human Rights and Disabled Persons and, particularly, to work towards the appointment of an international ombudsman for the human rights of disabled persons;

2. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Commission on Human Rights and to the Sub-Commission on the coordination endeavours, and their results, undertaken by the various United Nations organs and bodies concerned with the protection of disabled persons, for the purpose of envisaging the establishment of an effective mechanism for coordination and cooperation between the various organs and bodies;

3. Decides to remain seized of this question and to deal with it each year as sub-item (c) of the agenda item entitled "Promotion, protection and restoration of human rights at national, regional and international levels".


27th meeting
20 August 1993
[Adopted without a vote.]


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