Ensuring the Rights of “Little Angels”: Implementation of Socio-economic Rights of Children with Disabilities in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Recent reports evidence the existence of substantial number of children with disabilities across the globe, the majority of which live in the developing world. Such children have been marginalized section of the society in all places mainly in socio-economic areas. During the past four decades there have been developments in the recognition of such facts at the UN, regional and national levels. Accordingly, various conventions and declarations aimed at promotion and protection of their rights, including the 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are adopted. The treaties provide for a range of socio-economic rights by mainstreaming their issues and designed various measures of implementation for effective realization of the rights. As a State Party to many of the treaties, this paper analyses the issue of implementation of socio-economic rights of children with disabilities in Ethiopia by evaluating the Ethiopian experience vis-à-vis international standards set under the ratified treaties. The core assertion of the paper is that even if Ethiopia has ratified many of the treaties much has yet to be done to effectively realize socio-economic rights of children with disabilities in the country.



Ensuring the Rights of Little Angels