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India: new law to protect rights of persons with disabilities

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (the ‘new Act’) is a welcome legislative development. The new Act came into force on 19 April 2017. Further, the Rules were notified on June 15, 2017 (i.e. the date from which they came into force). The new Act replaces the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (the ‘previous Act’). The new Act implements India’s obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was ratified in 2007. It has taken the Indian Parliament more than a decade to enact this legislation. Ganzen Artikel lesen