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Important Notice: As of 1 November 2023, Ms. Heba Hagrass (Egypt) has been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as the current Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. This site now serves as an archive of the work and contributions of Mr. Gerard Quinn during his tenure. For the latest updates and official communications from the Special Rapporteur, please visit the UN Special Rapporteurs Page.
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The transformative role of persons with disabilities in peacebuilding processes.

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In this report, the Special Rapporteur highlights the agency of persons with disabilities in rebuilding broken societies in post-conflict contexts. Using concepts such as moral repair and transitional justice, he points to the need to include the voices of persons with disabilities in peacebuilding processes.

Peacebuilding is a unique moment in time when historic injustice can be confronted, and new beginnings can be established. This requires truth about the past, protection against the recurrence of violence and building new institutions to sustain progress alongside development programmes to redress historic inequalities.

These moments blend together peace and security, development and human rights. Regrettably, these unique opportunities for systemic change are regularly missed as they apply to persons with disabilities. How might this be changed? The recommendations included in this report provide suggestions for States and the United Nations system, as well as organizations of persons with disabilities, donors and researchers to play their part in laying the foundation for more inclusive, resilient and sustainable peace processes.