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China: New Accessibility Regulations Passed

(Oct. 3, 2012) China’s new Regulations on Construction of a Barrier-Free Environment, which came into effect on August 1, 2012, require all newly built roads and buildings in urban areas to meet the barrier-free construction standards to provide accessibility to people with disabilities. The Regulations were promulgated by the State Council and signed by Premier […]

Bulgaria: Ratification of Disabilities Convention

(Feb. 27, 2012) On January 26, 2012, the Bulgarian National Assembly unanimously ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Bulgaria had signed the Convention on September 27, 2007, and the Optional Protocol on December 18, 2008. The National Assembly chose not to include the Protocol in the ratification process, however. […]

European Union: Ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

(Jan. 20, 2011) The European Union recently announced its ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (adopted on Dec. 13, 2006), United Nations website, http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.shtml; Press Release, IP/11/4, RAPID, EU Ratifies UN Convention on Disability Rights (Jan. 5, 2011), […]

France: Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

(Jan. 22, 2010) On December 31, 2009, the French Parliament adopted Law 2009-1791 of December 31, 2009, ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention was signed on March 30, 2007, and entered into force on May 3, 2008. (Loi 2009-1791 du 31 Décembre 2009 autorisant la ratification de la […]

Peru: Persons with Disabilities

(Sept. 9, 2009) On August 1, 2009, President Alan Garcia Perez of Peru promulgated Law No. 29392 establishing administrative violations and related sanctions for noncompliance with Law No. 27050, the general law on persons with disabilities, and its regulation. The new law is applicable to individuals and to public and private corporations covered under Law […]

Vietnam: Draft Law on Disabled Being Formulated

(Aug. 4, 2009) On July 10, 2009, Vietnam's Ministry of Labour, War Invalids, and Social Welfare and the Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped organization held a third workshop to gather advice from local and international experts on the drafting of a law on the protection of the disabled. It was the last such forum to […]

Taiwan: Election Law Amended to Provide Disabled Better Polling Station Access

(Dec. 8, 2008) On November 26, 2008, an amendment to the Public Officials Election and Recall Law was promulgated in Taiwan's official gazette. The amendment affects article 57, on polling stations and ballot-counting stations. A new paragraph 2 stipulates that polling stations should be venues fitted with barrier-free facilities, and that if there is no […]

United Nations: Disability Rights Convention Entering into Force

(Apr. 2, 2008) On May 3, 2008, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will come into effect, 30 days following ratification by Ecuador, the 20th country to sign the agreement. The Convention asserts the rights of the disabled to education, health, work, adequate living conditions, freedom of movement, freedom from exploitation, […]