Vatican pushes rights of Disabled at UN
The Vatican's permanent representative at the UN yesterday spoke up for the rights of people with disabilities. It is 27 years since the U.N.'s Declaration on the Rights of the Disabled.
Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See's permanent observer at the United Nations, recalled John Paul II's words during the Jubilee of the Disabled in December 2000: "In a society rich in scientific and technical knowledge, it is possible and necessary to do more in the various ways required by civil coexistence: from biomedical research for preventing disabilities, to treatment, assistance, rehabilitation and new social integration."
"The person with disabilities has every right to be a subject and an active agent in the everyday affairs of human existence," the Archbishop told the Ad Hoc Committee on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
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24 Jun 2003