Our right to knowledge: Legal reviews for the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities in Asia and the Pacific

03 Dec 2015
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Summary

Our right to knowledge: Legal reviews for the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities in Asia and the Pacific is a joint publication by the United Nations Development Programme and the World Blind Union - Asia Pacific. The report is intended to facilitate policy dialogue, legal reforms and community engagement in the Asia-Pacific region with respect to efforts to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled and ensure that those with disabilities can realize their rights guaranteed in international law. Promoting the rights of those with disabilities is important in achieving development goals and ensuring greater equity in terms of access to information, education and employment. This report will provide important background regarding access to information and individuals with disabilities; discuss development issues; provide case studies of three countries with advanced efforts in the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty; survey six other countries in the Asia-Pacific region; and provide legal recommendations to implement the Treaty.

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