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New York, January 27, 2006–Landmine Survivors Network (LSN), in collaboration with International Disability Caucus (IDC), hosted a luncheon at the U.N. headquarters in support of efforts to draft a treaty to protect the human rights of people with disabilities. The United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, Louise Arbour, attended as well as over 60 representatives from other international governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The treaty, formally referred to as the Comprehensive Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, will serve as a comprehensive framework for international law, ensuring equal rights for people with disabilities.

Guests had a unique opportunity to meet High Commissioner Arbour and engage in dialogue with her regarding their specific concerns.

Adnan Al Aboudi, Director of the LSN office in Jordan, and the first Arabic speaking person to participate in meetings to create a Disability Rights Convention, facilitated the luncheon.

Landmine Survivors Network has been an active participant in the Ad Hoc Meetings from its inception in 2002. Progress continues to be made in the creation of this landmark treaty.

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