Article 19: Living independently and being included in the community

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Draft General Comment No. 5 (2017)

20 pp. 146 kB

Throughout history, persons with disabilities have been denied choice and control across all areas of their lives. Until today, they have often been presumed to be unable to live independently among others. This has led to abandonment, dependence on family members, institutionalization, isolation and segregation of persons with disabilities. As an answer to human rights violations against persons with disabilities, article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognises the equal right of all persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community, with choices equal to others. The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has noted significant advancements in the past decade concerning the implementation of article 19. However, the Committee continues to observe a clear gap between the goals and spirit of article 19 and the scope of its implementation.

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