Connecting the Dots

TitleConnecting the Dots
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleVictim Assistance and Human Rights
Year of Publication2010
Number of Pages15 pp.
PublisherSurvivor Corps (formerly Landmine Survivors Network)
CityWashington D.C.
Accession Number1489

Over the past ten years, the world has seen significant developments in what might at first glance seem unrelated fronts: disarmament and human rights. Two disarmament treaties have come into play: in 1997, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction (The Mine Ban Treaty), and in 2008, the Convention on Cluster Munitions. In between these treaties came the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which was adopted in 2006. In fact, the three treaties are linked in spirit and by text through the issue of assistance to victims. This publication aims to familiarize the reader with the connections between the three treaties, in order to enhance the implementation of each one.For example:

  • - The CRPD is the highest human rights standard pertaining to persons with disabilities, and "has an explicit social development dimension," making it an appropriate framework through which to implement Victim Assistance.
  • - As programs for assistance to survivors become more inclusive of persons with disabilities and other groups, the programs will become stronger and more sustainable.
  • - Similarly, the CRPD is strengthened by its inclusion in the Convention on Cluster Munitions and by Victim Assistance programs that uphold the human rights of all persons with disabilities.
  • - Once the Convention on Cluster Munitions enters into force, it is expected that where relevant, Victim Assistance programs under the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions will align under one coordinating mechanism. The principles of the CRPD are deeply rooted in equality, respect for difference and inherent dignity, autonomy, and accessibility. Survivor Corps aims for these principles to guide governments, international agencies and civil society in meeting the needs and rights of all persons affected by violent conflict.
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