How to “Create” a New Human Right: the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The BBC reports that delegates in New York appear to be close to an agreement on a Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This new, potentially expansive human rights treaty, will be submitted to the U.N. General Assembly this September and then opened for signatures and ratifications in the fall.
I don’t have any views on the substance of the treaty (yet). I do think the treaty is a useful example of the modern mechanisms for creating international human rights. This Convention (rightly or wrongly) is the product of lots of hard work and lobbying by national and international non-governmental organizations that advocate on behalf of the disabled. Governments are involved, of course, but the CRPD may be a classic NGO-driven treaty that is the result of the increasing effectiveness of NGOs in the international sphere.