- July 2, 2019

The International Disability Alliance, along with Autism-Europe, Child Rights International Network, Disability Rights International, European Disability Forum, European Network on Independent Living, Inclusion Europe, Inclusion International, International Disability Alliance, International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, TASH and Validity Foundation, have endorsed a statement and key recommendations on the Right to Family, recognised under international law. 

All children have the need and the right to live and grow up with a family. The preamble of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) recognizes that for their “full and harmonious development”, all children “should grow up in a family environment.” Reflecting the CRC standards, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) sets out that the best interests of the child are the paramount consideration in all decisions affecting them (Article 7(2)), and places clear obligations on States to protect the right to family life (Article 23) and to live and be included in the community (Article 19).

As such, the abovesigned disability rights, child rights and human rights organizations call on the UN General Assembly to include a number of recommendations in its forthcoming resolution on the rights of children without parental care. 

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