The EU signs UN's monumental Disability Rights Convention
Lib Dem Euro MP Catherine Bearder has given a hearty cheer as the EU ratifies the historic UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
The Convention requires countries that sign up to make sure the human rights of people with disabilities are fully respected.
The UN Convention protects the rights of disabled people and ensures their equality under the law.
South East England's Lib Dem Euro MP Catherine Bearder commented:
"This marks a truly historic event. Not only is the Convention on Disabled people's rights an important milestone in the campaign to improve the lives of people with disabilities within Europe, but this is the first time an international Union has signed up to such an international human rights agreement."
"The rights of people with disabilities are too often over looked and there are many disabled people in the developing world where their rights are non-existent."
"Last year the Commission presented its 10 year disability strategy and ratifying the UN Convention was the important next step. The fact that the EU has signed will encourage more countries to add their support too."
"It's important we continue to highlight disability rights to ensure that full participation of people with disabilities in society increases."
The EU is the first international Union to sign up to this ground breaking international human rights treaty.
All 27 member states have signed the treaty. The UK has also ratified the treaty being one of 16 countries out of the 27.
Catherine Bearder MEP is preparing a motion for the EU Joint African Caribbean and Pacific Parliamentary Assembly on inclusion of people with disabilities to be discussed later in the year.