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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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Podcast Ep6: Linda Steele on Redressing the harms of segregation and institutionalisation.

Posted on: October 31, 2023
Linda Steele's unique research work connects the need for moral repair as a precondition for moving forward in society with disability. Through her writing, she makes arid debates on reparations spring to life.
Gerard Quinn Speaking at the HRC 54th Session

Artificial  Intelligence, Disability & the Right to Health.

Posted on: October 4, 2023
Presentation of the UN Special Rapporteur on a side event at the 54th Session of the Human Rights Council - October 2023. Looking back, I was an active advocate for disability rights in the early 1990s when the 3rd Industrial revolution was underway (the invention of the world wide web).  That revolution involved the coming […]
The Special Rapporteur shaking hands with the Georgian minister of Justice.

Georgia is making great strides to include persons with disabilities.

Posted on: September 15, 2023
Georgia is advancing the rights of persons with disabilities by moving away from the medical model to a social model based on human rights and inclusion.  This is a profound cultural shift and deserves support.