Good news! Bulgaria ratified the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Bulgaria has finally ratified the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. After a long and hard battle for the human rights of many disabled people in Bulgaria, Parliament has taken this serious step and ratified the Convention. This historical moment for persons with disabilities in Bulgaria is the first step in finally recognising the rights of disabled people. NGO’s in Bulgaria are now facing the long path ahead of enforcing the articles of the Convention as a real instrument for Independent Living and human rights. The problem is that Parliament has excluded the Optional Protocol from the ratification process. Unfortunately this puts persons with disabilities in Bulgaria in the disadvantaged situation in which they can’t address the UN Committee that’s working on the correct implementation of the Convention. Bulgarian NGO’s will now fight for the inclusion of the Protocol and will pursue the Bulgarian State to take this reasonable step forward. We are just at the start of the path but at least we now see it in front of us.

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