United Nations from 1983 to 1992. The Continental Plan of Action drafted for the African Decade in 2002 stated that the successes of the UN Decade, which had followed the UN InternationalYearofDisabledPersons or iydp (1981), were “more pronounced in the northern hemisphere than elsewhere.” Besides
unhcr ’s understanding of disabled refugees during the 1959–1960 World Refugee Year ( wry ) and the 1981 InternationalYearofDisabledPersons ( iydp ) and, specifically, how this understanding is intertwined with the international-protection activities that were undertaken on their behalf during both
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Year (1959–60) and the InternationalYearofDisabledPersons (1981), Veronika Flegar examines how disabled refugees were perceived by the unhcr and how this perception affected the international protection activities undertaken on their behalf. This allows us to see how much unhcr ’s “norm
education for the severely disabled. As Yui Murakami and Meyer (this issue) point out, 1981 represented a watershed year for the recognition of the disabled. Th is was the year when the United Nations’ InternationalYearofDisabledPersons was held, beginning an international campaign for people with
twenty years Japanese disability policies have made major strides towards greater conformity with internationally recognized stan- dards. Th e Japanese government was prompted into action by global dis- ability policies and events like the “InternationalYearofDisabledPersons” in 1982. It also has
established in order to create continuity for the representation of a theme to which a year and/or a decade had also been dedicated. Among these is the International Day of Disabled Persons (December 3), which came into being in 1993 to ensure the continuation of mandate of the InternationalYearofDisabled
International & Comparative Law Review 51–70.
Gerard Quinn and Theresia Degener, Human Rights and Disability: The Current Use and Future Potential of United Nations Human Rights Instruments in the Context of Disability (United Nations, New York and Geneva 2002).
, General Assembly resolution n. 2865 of 20 December 1971, the Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons n. 3447 of 9 December 1975, and the InternationalYearofDisabledPersons (1981), General Assembly resolution n. 31/123 of 16 December 1976.
41 See for example the European Parliament Resolution
persons suffering from mental disorder placed as involuntary patients (22 February 1983).
365 89. Recommendation 818 ( 1977) on the situation of the mentally ill (8 October 1977). 90. Recommendation 925 (1981 ) on the Council of Europe's contribution to the InternationalYearofDisabledPersons (3