UNCRPD Articles - 15, & 16.

Freedom from torture, cruelty and abuse (Articles 15 & 16)

The State must take every possible measure to ensure that disabled people are not inhumanely tortured or treated cruelly.

It must be ensured that disabled people are not subjected to medical or scientific experiments without their consent.

The State must take every possible step to protect disabled people, even at the family level, from being used, abused or being subject to violence.

Additionally, the State must try its best to:

  • prevent abuse through ways such as providing appropriate education, proper support, information and training on how to recognise abuse and how to report it.

  • make sure that services that support disabled people are properly monitored to ensure that abuse does not happen.

  • provide appropriate help to disabled people who have faced abuse to recover in a safe and friendly environment and get the help and support they need to keep them safe.

  • make policies and laws keeping in mind the vulnerability of women and children and hence, ensure that they have effective ways of finding out about the abuse and making the abusers go to court. 

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Article 15 (Freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment) https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/article-15-freedom-from-torture-or-cruel-inhuman-or-degrading-treatment-or-punishment.html

Article 16 (Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse) https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/article-16-freedom-from-exploitation-violence-and-abuse.html

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