Deaf people, and people with disabilities, experience discrimination and exclusion around the world. Human Rights Watch, a major international human rights organization, recognizes disability rights as an important area of human rights. In this article, Human Rights Watch analyzes the right to equality and non-discrimination under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). They also summarize their research about the link between discrimination, lack of equality, and various important articles in the CRPD. Some of this research includes examples of Deaf people’s experiences with discrimination.
Human Rights Watch published this article on their website in 2016. They submitted the same text to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Meanwhile, the text in this web page is accessible for people using screen reading software. However, images do not provide useful descriptions for people who cannot see them.