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International Law: Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities

American Convention on Human Rights

The Organization of American States (OAS) is an international organization with member states from the Americas. The American Convention on Human Rights came into force on 18 July 1978. 

Commentary on the American Convention on Human Rights

Scholarly commentaries provide article-by-article analysis of a convention, including citations to relevant cases, travaux préparatoires (preparatory works), and other documents. 

Inter-American Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities

The Inter-American Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities was adopted in 1999 and entered into force on 14 September 2001. The purpose of the treaty is "to prevent and eliminate all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities and to promote their full integration into society."

Other OAS Treaties

For other OAS treaties and agreements, please see here. Full-text copies of the treaties and status information (signatures and reservations) can be found at the links to the specific treaties or conventions. 

Jurisprudence

Use the following resources to find and retrieve materials from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Coverage dates and search functions vary, so you will need to use a combination of these resources to ensure that your research is comprehensive. Recent jurisprudence and documents may only be available in Spanish. You may also consider using Google Advanced to help retrieve materials because the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court's websites are challenging to navigate and do not have great search functions. 

Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Rapporteurship for Persons with Disabilities is a thematic Rapporteurship of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which focuses on promoting and protecting the human rights of persons with disabilities. 

The website for the Rapporteurship for Persons with Disabilities provides access to hearings, decisions and jurisprudence from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Inter-American Court on Human Rights, reports, and other materials pertaining to this topic.