SAN JUAN – Guyana has become the 150th state to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights noted Monday.
The chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, welcomed the latest ratification as a sign of progress in vital areas such as access to services and information.
“This Convention, in force for just six years, has been ratified across all regions and cultures, and is on the way to becoming universally recognized. We call on those states still to ratify to do so,” she said.
Guyana’s Persons with Disability Act, enacted in November 2010 during the administration of President Bharrat Jagdeo, was based on the UN Convention.
The UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on Dec. 13, 2006.