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India to ratify U.N. Convention on rights of disabled

New York: Home to an estimated 70 million disabled people, India will ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on Monday.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee would submit the instruments of ratification for the Convention, the world body said on Sunday.

The Convention, termed first human rights treaty of the 21st Century, provides the states ratifying it to enact laws and other measures to improve disability rights, and also abolish legislation, customs and practices that discriminate against persons with disabilities.

So far, 115 countries have signed the convention, which was adopted unanimously by the General Assembly on December 13, 2006 and opened for signature on March 30, 2007.

Twenty ratifications or accessions are necessary for the treaty to come into force, and so far five countries have ratified it — Jamaica, Hungary, Panama, Croatia and Cuba.

The Optional Protocol to the Convention has been signed by 64 countries.

The Protocol will come into force when the Convention does, and after 10 ratifications or accessions. — PTI

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