National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, India Considers Work on Children with Disabilities

As an unexpected outcome of the joint presentation by Amita Dhanda and myself at the International Child Rights Consultation the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights consider a focussed work on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Shanta Sinha, chairperson of the Commission (on the picture) became interested in the potential of the CRPD to advonce child rights for all children after listening to our presentation. Amita will meet Ms Shanta Sinha in Delhi in September to further discuss the planned actions.

We are most happy to learn about this development as in our lecture our aim was to convince participants of the Consultation that the way CRPD deals with the rights of the child shall have a consequence on the general child rights discourse and on the nterpretation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well. CRPD is much more child centered than CRC and provides with age and disability appropriate assistance as a right to exercise the evolving capacities while CRC mentions no right to support.

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