Human Rights of the Disabled UN Perspective

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Dear Shirley: Could you please bring this information to your attorney. Because of my advocacy and discussion with the President of the United States, President Obama did sign the UN document regarding the Human Rights of the Disabled. I asked him to sign that particular document first because it would cover all my Medical Whistleblowers. I believe that each of us is suffering from PTSD and some of us because of the long term chronic nature of our retaliation have Complex Post Traumatic Stress.
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  Dear Shirley:Could you please bring this information to your attorney.Because of my advocacy anddiscussion with the President of the United States,President Obama did sign the UNdocument regarding the Human Rights of the Disabled.I asked him to sign that particulardocument first because it would cover all my Medical Whistleblowers.I believe that each of us is suffering from PTSD and some of us because of the long term chronic nature of ourretaliation have Complex Post Traumatic Stress.In the past, persons with disabilities suffered from a relative “invisibility”, and tended to beviewed as “objects” of protection, treatment and assistance rather than subjects of rights.As a result of this approach, persons with disabilities were excluded from mainstreamsociety, and provided with special schools, sheltered workshops, and separate housing andtransportation on the assumption that they were incapable of coping with either society atlarge or all or most major life activities. They were denied equal access to those basic rightsand fundamental freedoms (e.g. health care, employment, education, vote, participation incultural activities) that most people take for granted.A dramatic shift in perspective has been taking place over the past two decades, andpersons with disabilities have started to be viewed as holders of rights. This process is slowand uneven, but it is taking place in all economic and social systems.The rights-based approach to disability essentially means viewing persons with disabilitiesas subjects of law. Its final aim is to empower disabled persons, and to ensure their activeparticipation in political, economic, social, and cultural life in a way that is respectful andaccommodating of their difference. This approach is normatively based on internationalhuman rights standards and operationally directed to enhancing the promotion andprotection of the human rights of persons with disabilities. Strengthening the protection of human rights is also a way to prevent disability.Four core values of human rights law are of particular importance in the context of disability:ãthe dignity  of each individual, who is deemed to be of inestimable value because of his/her inherent self-worth, and not because s/he is economically or otherwise “useful”;ãthe concept of  autonomy  or self-determination, which is based on the presumptionof a capacity for self-directed action and behaviour, and requires that the person beplaced at the centre of all decisions affecting him/her;ãthe inherent equality  of all regardless of difference;ãand the ethic of  solidarity  , which requires society to sustain the freedom of theperson with appropriate social supports.ãThe United Nations Action in the Field of DisabilityThis shift to a human rights perspective has been authoritatively endorsed at the level of the United Nations, and is reflected in several developments which have taken place at theinternational level since the proclamation by the General Assembly of the year 1981 as the “ International Year of the Disabled ” under the slogan “Full Participation and Equality”.In 1982, the General Assembly adopted the World Programme of Action concerningDisabled Persons , which set the guidelines for a world strategy to promote “equality” and   “full participation” by persons with disabilities in social life and development. As a follow-upto the World Programme of Action, the General Assembly adopted in 1993 a resolutionentitled Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for People withDisabilities . The Standard Rules explicitly take the International Bill of Human Rights(which comprises the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the two internationalCovenants onEconomic, Social and Cultural Rights and Civil and Political Rights) as theirpolitical and moral foundation (para. 13), and constitute an important reference guide inidentifying the relevant obligations of States parties under the existing human rightsinstruments. They aim at ensuring that “girls, boys, men and women with disabilities, asmembers of their societies, may exercise the same rights and obligations as others”, andrequire States to remove obstacles to equal participation (para. 15). Also in 1993, the Vienna Declaration for Human Rights reaffirmed that “all human rights and fundamentalfreedoms are universal, and thus unreservedly include persons with disabilities”, and placedthe active participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of civil society explicitly in ahuman rights context.OHCHR’S mandateIn its Resolution 2000/51 on the human rights of persons with disabilities , theCommission on Human Rights requested the United Nations High Commissioner for HumanRights, in cooperation with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Disability, to examinemeasures to strengthen the protection and monitoring of the human rights of persons withdisabilities.Following to that request, the Office of the High Commissioner developed a programmeaimed at enhancing the human rights dimension of disability, which aims atãencouraging the integration of disability issues in the activities of treaty-monitoringbodies and human rights extra-conventional mechanisms(e.g. Special Rapporteursto the Commission on Human Rights);ãsupporting the elaboration of a new thematic Convention on the human rights anddignity of persons with disabilities;ãstrengthening collaboration with the Special Rapporteur on disability of theCommission for Social Development and other United Nations specialized agenciesactive in the area of disability.ãIntegrating disability further into the work of existing human rights mechanisms andelaboration of a new convention should be seen as complementary approaches. Togetherwith continuing efforts to address the social development dimension of the problems facedby persons with disabilities, this constitutes the so-called multi-track approach advocated bythe High Commissioner for Human Rights.The human rights dimension of disability may be a way to consider your legal case.With all due regard,Sincerely,Medical Whistleblower
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