Pakistan ratifies UN Convention

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With President Asif Ali Zardari’s signature Monday, Pakistan became the 101st country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The treaty requires signees to enact anti-discrimination laws protecting people with disabilities. The convention, the first legally binding treaty focused exclusively on people with disabilities, has been signed by 148 countries.

Pakistan signed the convention on September 25, 2008.

“It was our duty to look after and take care of disabled people. We all have to work together to fill in the gap created by the nature in some people,” said Ali Zardari, at a special ceremony in Aiwan-e-Sadr, according to an article in Disability News Asia. “The teachings of Islam also lay great emphasis on protecting the weak including orphans, widows, elderly, poor and, above all, the persons with disabilities. In line with our values and the Constitution we will fulfil our responsibility towards the special people.”

In May, Columbia became the 100th country to ratify the treaty. After a country’s representative signs the treaty, each nation, usually through its legislative body, must ratifty the treaty to make it legally binding within its borders.

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