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(Video) “Last” Russian orphan adopted by U.S. parents

Friday, February 14, 2014The adoption of five-year old orphan Polina was already in process when Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, signed a law prohibiting American adoptions of Russian children. The law was in response to a U.S. bill, nicknamed the Magnitsky Act,…

New UN disability envoy appointed

Monday, January 6, 2014
UN Disability Envoy
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Ecuador’s Lenín Voltaire Moreno Garces as his Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility on December 19. “In spite of the remarkable advances toward accessible and disability-inclusive societies an enormous gap remains…

Forced C-section sparks outcry

Friday, December 13, 2013
Forced C-section
An involuntary C-section in Britain, performed on a 35-year-old Italian woman, has sparked ethical debates about the role of mental illness in pregnancy and adoption decisions. In August 2012, the woman, who had previously been diagnosed with bipolar…

Report finds extensive use of forced sterilization in Colombia

Friday, October 25, 2013
Forced sterilization in Colombia
A group of human rights organizations released a new report October 1, documenting the widespread practice of sterilization of people with disabilities in Colombia. “Surgical sterilization of women and girls is irreversible, and when forced,…

Court: India must increase employment of people with disabilities

Saturday, October 12, 2013
More jobs for Indians with disabilities
In a landmark decision, the Indian Supreme Court on October 8 ordered State and Central governments to implement a 1995 law guaranteeing that 3 percent of their respective workforces consist of people with…

Disability in the spotlight at the UN

Monday, September 30, 2013More than 800 representatives and organizations of persons with disabilities converged in New York City on September 23 for a United Nations General Assembly meeting devoted to disability-inclusive development.
United Nations
“We must further strengthen the international normative framework on…

Report slams China’s educational system

Monday, July 29, 2013
Segregated education system
Human Rights Watch released an extensive new report July 15, documenting the substantial hurdles faced by Chinese students with disabilities in their state-run schools. “Human Rights Watch calls on the Chinese government to make an explicit…

Agreement finalized for the “Treaty for the Blind”

Monday, July 1, 2013Negotiators at the World Intellectual Property Organization Diplomatic Conference in Morocco announced June 26 an agreement to finalize a new treaty creating international copyright exceptions for converting books to accessible formats, such as in Braille, audio recording or large e-print…

Is the “Treaty For of the Blind” in jeopardy?

Sunday, June 2, 2013
United Nations
Negotiations on a United Nations Treaty on copyright exceptions for people who are blind will reconvene in mid-June, but disability advocates are raising the alarm that the treaty is being diluted by special interests. Under U.S. law, published…

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