Approving The Optional Protocol To The Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities, Adopted At New York On 30 March 2007

Original Language Title: Aprova o Protocolo Opcional à Convenção sobre os Direitos das Pessoas com Deficiência, adoptado em Nova Iorque, a 30 de Março de 2007

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PRESIDENCY of the COUNCIL of MINISTERS 1 motion for a resolution paragraph 121/X whereas the couple of responsibility of society as a whole, Governments, local communities, the social partners and civil societies in combating discrimination of disabled persons provided for in the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, is set up for this Optional Protocol a system of international monitoring of the implementation of the Convention , through which the Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, created by the Convention and composed of independent experts, will review the progress made at national level, based on national reports submitted by the States parties; Whereas this optional protocol recognises, in an innovative way, the right of individuals or groups of individuals to submit individual complaints to the Committee, which will investigate the breaches with the aim of ensuring compliance with the obligations established by the Convention; Considering that the Optional Protocol is thus another milestone in ensuring and promoting the human rights of all citizens and in particular for people with disabilities. So: under d) of paragraph 1 of article 197 of the Constitution, the Government presents to the Assembly of the Republic the following resolution: PRESIDENCY of the COUNCIL of MINISTERS 2 approve the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, adopted at New York on 30 March 2007, the text of which, in the authenticated version in the English language as well as translated to the Portuguese language, published in annex.

Seen and approved by the Council of Ministers of 30 December 2008 the Prime Minister of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Presidency

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